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LAFS PREPRO Session 1 - Introduction
Concept Workshop - Game PreProduction
The Los Angeles Film School
Who Am I?
Instructor at LAFS
Producer from Activision, Disney, 3DO
Co-creator of BSA Game Design Merit Badge
Who Are You?
1. What is your name?
2. Where are you from?
3. What is your favorite movie?
4. What is your favorite game?
5. What is your career goal?
How to Succeed in This Class
Studying game development at college is still
Do Your Work
constantly take notes.
So, having one of these
is a minimum
At all times.
Means 5 minutes early.
Unless the stakes are really high, in which case it
means 24 hours early. Or a week early.
Pssst....Sometimes developers make false internal deadlines
to avoid calamity such as missed milestone payments.
Maybe you could do the same if graduation is at stake?
Study for your tests! Refer to the slides.
If you see on a slide, it will probably be
on the test.
If you don’t know the answer to a test
There are no points deducted for wrong answers on
I will award some points for clever or knowledgeable
answers on short-answer questions, even if they weren’t
the answer I was looking for.
Do You Have Skillz?
Gamers are good at digital interfaces
Gaming professionals are good at both
digital and human interfaces
This means communication.
“...the different ways they done it like in the game
play and the scenes ad the props”
...is not communicating and will incur their wrath.
Game development is a team sport
All Business is Communication
Business to Consumer
Business to Business
Boss to Team
Team to Boss
Team Member to Team Member
“Its cool to werk in gamez.u get too do
anything u want & stuff”
“It’s cool to work in games. You get to do
anything you want and stuff.”
Capitalize the beginning of sentences,
names, game titles, and the word “I”
Use proper spelling and punctuation
Put a space between punctuation mark
ending a sentence and the start of the
Don’t use “u” for “you”, or “&” for “and”
Don’t confuse “its” and “it’s”
Use a meaningful subject line (e.g.,
Send attachments as PDF files only
Put your name on all attachments
If you can’t be bothered to:
strive for originality even within established
norms or constraints
look beyond your initial idea
actually enjoy and actively want to do the
Then get used to the phrase
“Would you like fries with that?”
The practice or policy of making no more than a
token effort or gesture.
Token verbal presentations.
Token game documentation.
Does NOT belong in game development practice
Do not aim to do the minimal required. Aim to
“I just want to pass this”
Classes are not kidney
If you think about them
in these terms, maybe
you’re on the wrong
Send an email to email@example.com from
your school email account.
Use “Email MiniQuest” as the Subject line.