BAF Game 2012 will take place this year at the National Media Museum on 13th of November and the University of Bradford on 14th of November, as part of the Bradford Animation Festival (BAF) 2012. For the first time this year, BAF Game, organised by the National Media Museum in strong partnership with the University of Bradford and Game Republic, offers pass holders additional crossover events that feature as part of the main BAF programme, which runs from 13th to the 17th November.
Full programme details and booking will be available online at www.baf.org.uk
Headline speakers confirmed for BAF Game 2012 include Neil Thompson, Director of Art & Animation at Canadian studio BioWare, creators of the world conquering Dragon Age and Mass Effects series; Lucas Hardi concept artist and designer on Bethesda Games Studios’ groundbreaking The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim; Christine Phelan, animator on Valve’s epic online battle arena game Dota 2 and animator Tomek Zawada from Polish developers CD Projekt RED, creators of the multi award winning The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
With a focus on the overlaps between the worlds of video games, animation and film, this year’s programme includes sessions from developers of the very latest cross media technologies. Tara Saunders & Joel Smith from Sony London will present their innovative PlayStation 3 project Wonderbook with a focus on launch title Book Of Spells, which brings the magical world of Harry Potter into reality. David Brown, Philip Gray & Bill Martin, the team behind the LEGO movie game franchises at TT Games, will uncover the art of the in-game cinematic and David Bennett will explore the approach of 3D facial animation pioneers Faceware Technologies and talk about his career working on some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters.
Additional spotlights will focus on virtual environment design and development for new platforms, with presentations and workshops lined up from representatives of Amanita Design, Nyamyam, Criterion Games, Complete Vision, Factory Fifteen, Red Kite Games, Unity Technologies and Atomic Antelope.
National Media Museum’s Curator of New Media & BAF Game Programmer Tom Woolley says: “BAF Game is now in its eighth year and 2012 looks set to be one of the best editions yet. I'm excited to welcome guests from some of the world’s biggest and most successful game studios to Bradford. If you're interested in the art, animation and design behind video games then BAF Game really is an essential event for your calendar.”
Tickets for BAF and BAF Game 2012 are on sale now from the National Media Museum Box Office (call 0844 856 3797 or visit www.baf.org.uk). Prices for full BAF Game passes start from £35 with BAF Animation passes from £50, and day passes for either event from £25. Tickets for individual screenings are priced from £3.