Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Writer of The King’s Speech in Wellington for AnimfxNZ

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release: 4 February 2014

Writer of The King’s Speech in Wellington to speak at digital entertainment event

British-American playwright and film and television writer David Seidler will join some of the biggest and brightest names in the global digital entertainment industry in Wellington for the annual AnimfxNZ conference next week.

AnimfxNZ 14, organised by the NZ GAV Trust with support from Grow Wellington, will be held at Te Papa and Park Road Post over 13, 14 and 15 February and include workshops, networking events and a Desolation of Smaug workshop by Weta Digital.

Seidler won the Academy Award and a BAFTA for best original screenplay for the 2010 film The King’s Speech.

He will join other international industry leaders including Jean-Francois Prevost, Microsoft manager for Asia Pacific of developer relations in X-box gaming platforms; Joseph Olin who spearheaded the introduction of gaming’s most famous heroine Lara Croft; James Gwerztman who was behind one of the most profitable mobile game launches in the Chinese market, and Brian Robbins, marketing, technological and consultancy expert on mobile and gaming projects across the globe

Gerard Quinn, Chief Executive of Grow Wellington, says the conference is a fantastic opportunity for local professionals in Wellington’s digital entertainment sector to connect with key players in the global industry, which means potential for further industry growth.

“The fact that we can attract speakers with the caliber of David Seidler and Joseph Olin, just to mention two, highlights yet again that Wellington is seen by the world as a leader in the industry.”

AnimfxNZ spokesperson and Jos Ruffle says the event is expected to attract around 300 attendees including some of New Zealand's most senior screen and digital professionals, along with students and international visitors. “Our screen and digital sector has many strengths which are reflected in the conference, from high-end visual effects, innovative animation houses and gaming companies.”

Last year NZ game designers where incredibly successful with five New Zealand video game makers acclaimed in international ‘Best of 2013’ lists, says Mr Ruffle. These included game maker Grinding Gear Games, who was named GameSpot's PC Game of the Year Award and PikPok as runner-up for Apple's Best of 2013 Game of the Year. “This is helping to put Wellington on the map as a digital entertainment hub at the centre of the latest advancements in game and visual effects technology.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Stolen Island: Searching for ‘Ata by Scott Hamilton

Reviewed by Michael Horowitz
Located even further south than temperate Noumea, Tonga’s tiny island of ‘Ata might have become the jewel of the kingdom’s burgeoning tourist industry. Imagine a Tongan resort that would not only be mild in winter, but pleasant in summer. More>>

Reviewed by Michael Horowitz
Located even further south than temperate Noumea, Tonga’s tiny island of ‘Ata might have become the jewel of the kingdom’s burgeoning tourist industry. Imagine a Tongan resort that would not only be mild in winter, but pleasant in summer. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Pretence. No Bullshit. Fine Poem.

John Dickson doesn’t publish much; never has. Indeed, this new collection is his first such in 18 years. As he wryly and dryly states,

I’ve published two slim volumes, and spent all
My time working on the next.
(from Wasp p.67) More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays On Place From Aotearoa NZ

The New Zealand landscape undoubtedly is very beautiful, but so is the British one, and my attachment to this country is much more about some particular places, and the memories and emotions that in them combine, than it is about the landscape as a whole. More>>

Canonisation Fodder: Suzanne Aubert Declared ‘Venerable’

Suzanne Aubert, the founder of the Sisters of Compassion New Zealand’s home grown order of Sisters, has been declared ‘venerable’, a major milestone on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church. More>>

“I Have Not Performed Well Enough”: Ernie Merrick Leaving Wellington Phoenix

Ernie Merrick has stepped down from his position as Wellington Phoenix FC Head Coach. The club would like to thank Ernie for his contribution to Wellington Phoenix and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. More>>

Ray Columbus: NZ Music Icon Passes Away

60s New Zealand music Icon Ray Columbus has passed away peacefully at his home north of Auckland... Ray Columbus enjoyed more than three decades at the top of NZ entertainment as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, music manager and TV star. More>>

Review: Bernard Herrmann's Scores For 'Vertigo' & 'Psycho'

Howard Davis: The NZSO's adventurousness was richly-rewarded, as the deeply appreciative Wellington audience was given the opportunity not only to see a couple of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, but also to hear fine renditions of two of Bernard Herrmann's most accomplished film scores. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news