Myself, Jade and Freddie had a talk the other day about how to display our work for the game republic graduate showcase.
We decided that we would split the space between the three of us, with the main focus on the screen in the center of the table, which will have the levels on display. The wall space is split equally. We decided to have a banner running along the top to draw people to the stall. Below this there will be Freddies environment breakdowns, Jade’s character compilation and a brief text sheet that summarises the game from myself.
I will also be contributing some leaflets that double up as promotional material for the three of us. I briefly explained the initial idea for these in my FMP project but they have changed drastically since then. Instead of being about the actual game elements, they will solely focus on the three team members and feature each of our bios as well as a nice piece of artwork. Alongside this I will have the GDD on an Ipad.
I have been in talks with Jade who will be producing a leather-bound design portfolio that will feature character development work.
Today we had a networking session that had a focus on the upcoming Game Republic networking event. The session featured how to make networking work for you and it had a practically led approach where we were encouraged to stand up and talk about ourselves in front of each other.
I feel like the session was helpful as I have been worrying about Game Republic and some pointers from the session really made sense; even though some of them were obvious, I’m actually shocked I didn’t think of them myself!
Here are my notes:
To get the most out of a networking event be SMART – specific, measurable,achievable, realistic, time bound.
A key-note it to always go to an event prepared. read up on the companies that will be there so that you don’t waste the opportunity of meeting the individual or company in person by asking them something you could find out on their website!
Do not openly criticise someone, as you never know who you may be working with in the future. By staying friendly with everybody, you have more options to make lasting relationships to people.
Go to an event with a few or one target that you definitely must talk to. This could be someone who you admire or otherwise simply would like a chat from. If you aim to talk to them, and achieve it you will leave the event feeling better that you didn’t waste the opportunity.
Think about the question that you want to ask the exhibitors. Plan them so that they sound professional and well thought out.
After the event, follow-up leads in days rather than weeks and keep the connections active.
Game Republic Student Showcase is a competition and networking event supported by various game companies that are part of the Game Republic group. The student showcase is a chance for graduates to display their current work to a band of games companies some of which will judge the competition.
This year the event is to be held at our college Leeds college of Art on the 30th May. So far I do not have all the details of the event but a few companies have been outlined to be coming so I will definitely be researching them. I also need to get myself in order for business cards, and other promotional material for the networking event.
For the competition our team, consisting of myself, Freddie and Jade will be competing in all categories barring the ‘game technology’ one. It is a great opportunity for our work to get seen, get feedback, advice and general contact info for the future!