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

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’

For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

“Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

ALSO:

Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news