Alan Thorn is a multidisciplinary game developer, author and educator with 17 years industry experience. He makes games for PC desktop, Mobile and VR. He founded Wax Lyrical Games and created the award-winning game Baron Wittard: Nemesis of Ragnarok, working as designer, programmer and artist.
A panel to discuss the impact of virtual reality on the film industry and the opportunities and challenges it presents for new independent filmmakers. We will be joined for a fascinating discussion by David Kaskel, CEO of Breaking Fourth, David Wise, co-founder of Parable, Alan Thorn, Head of Department of Games Design and Development at the National Film and Television School, and VR documentary film producer, Jessica Driscoll
Afterwards there will be an opportunity to experience virtual reality for yourself and watch a film on our VR equipment.
Event Producer: Alexander Bodin-Saphir
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David Kaskel is CEO of Breaking Fourth, which he founded in 2015 to explore the new possibilities that virtual reality offers to narrative content. As a lifelong fan of all forms of storytelling – from theatre to video games and comics – David conceived the world’s first longform virtual reality drama for mobile VR, Ctrl. His graduate work at King’s College London on the relationship of players and their avatars helped shape the way that VR audiences understand and relate to this new style of storytelling. Before this, David founded multiple technology and video games companies, Breaking Fourth was the perfect way to combine these two passions and create new original fully immersive entertainment.
David has spent over 20 years creating and producing entertaining, original and popular factual television for the UK’s major broadcasters. He was formerly director of programmes at The Garden Productions, one of the UK’s leading and most admired television production companies. Prior to that, he was creative director of Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions. He has produced a wide range of high-profile documentaries and factual formats for the BBC, C4, ITV and Sky, which have been distributed internationally.
Jessica has experience of working with a wide variety of digital technologies from virtual reality applications for a range of industries to creating virtual training simulations for Ebola health professionals in Sierra Leone. She has managed introduction and delivery of digital solutions to a variety of educational and commercial institutions in particular NGO, Oil & Gas, Aviation, Pharmaceutical and Construction industries. Jessica has produced VR films for fundraising for UNICEF, Rotary International and Greenpeace. Another area has been casting talent, scriptwriters and technical team for UK based Virtual Reality theatre company Breaking Fourth for their production CTRL a hard hitting story of domestic violence told through virtual reality. Her most recent role is Senior Producer for Connected Studio devising work programmes and events that lead to the production of innovative digital pilots. Her most recent project is a VR documentary film with Self Central on punk indie wrestling in the UK focusing on the female voice and the fan experience,