Friday, September 25, 2015

Greater Cleveland Film Commission Welcomes "Slay The Dragon" Author September 28th at the Cleveland Public Library

[Press release from the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.]

Please join the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) and the Cleveland Public Library for an evening with Robert Denton Bryant, Co-Author of "Slay the Dragon: Writing Great Video Games," as he discusses writing, video games, Hollywood, and everything in between.

The lecture will be held on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:00pm in Brett Hall at the Main Library, 325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH. There will also be a book signing the following night, Tuesday, September 29, at the Barnes & Noble CWRU Bookstore, 11451 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH from 6:00 to 7:00pm. These events are free and open to the public.

During his visit, Mr. Bryant will also be giving educational lectures to students at Notre Dame College and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

"Building a thriving media production industry doesn't just stop at film and television," said Ivan Schwarz, President of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, "it also includes interactive media like video games. We hope that exciting events like these raise the awareness of the community that video game development is already going on here in Northeast Ohio, and that we intend to foster the growth of this exciting industry."

Aimed at both traditional writers who want to learn more about interactive narrative, and game creators who want to tell better, more emotionally involving stories, "Slay the Dragon" is written by two creative veterans of both Hollywood and "Nerdyhood." Their unique perspective on the importance of balancing story with gameplay will help readers make sense of the confusion in today's environment...where movies are looking more like games, and games are acting more like movies.


Robert Denton Bryant has worked in Hollywood in marketing and production, and in video games as both a publisher and a developer. He has been Executive Producer on dozens of games on platforms ranging from CD-ROMs to the iPad, including the best-selling "World Championship Poker" and "Pinball Hall of Fame" console game franchises. He is the Co-Author (with Charles P. Schultz) of "Game Testing All-In-One." He has guest lectured on game writing at universities in both the U.S. and Europe, and continues to teach in the Writer's Program at UCLA Extension, as well as in the Game Art & Design program at Woodbury University.

Promote the increase of media production in Northeast Ohio using effective strategies for attraction and workforce development including building an artistic infrastructure through film.

Achieve increased economic development in Northeast Ohio by using the artistic and culturally enriching activities of film and other media production to strengthen the workforce, support the media production industry and attract media production to the region.

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