LONDON (January 12, 2012) - VideoGameConsulting.com’s managing director Martin Korda and associate John Dower have been speaking to Directors UK about the past, present and future of writing and directing within the video game industry.
To read an excerpt from the article, please follow this link: http://www.directors.uk.com/about-us/news/directing-video-games-excerpt-our-interview
Member of Directors UK can read the full interview in the members section, which can be accessed here: http://www.directors.uk.com/user
Founded in 2006 by BAFTA winning* industry veteran Martin Korda, VideoGameConsulting.com is a professional video game consultancy and scriptwriting company that brings together an elite team of international industry experts to help provide publishers and developers – whether they be multinational companies producing AAA products or small indie developers looking to make an impact in the market - with an informed, professional and unbiased opinion of their products, as well as professional scriptwriting, narrative design and directing services.
For the past six years the company has provided game design, evaluation and scriptwriting expertise to many of the world’s leading publishers and developers including Electronic Arts, Sega, Ubisoft, Atari, THQ, Codemasters, Eidos, Sierra Games, Ubisoft Montreal, Nickelodeon, Disney, Bethesda, Lionhead Studios, Valve Software and many more.
Whether it’s at the planning stages of development or just weeks prior to release, VideoGameConsulting.com provides companies with invaluable insights to help identify their products’ strengths and weaknesses while offering informed opinion on key areas of improvement and market position.
VideoGameConsulting.com’s extensive consultancy services include in-depth game evaluations, development document assessments, mock reviews, post mortems and product acquisition evaluations.
As well as its games consultancy expertise, VideoGameConsulting.com offers a range of scriptwriting, narrative design and character development services.
In November 2011, the company partnered with highly experienced and respected film, television and video gaming director John Dower (Eastenders, The Bill, Casualty, Milo & Kate) to offer additional know-how in the fields of character empathy, cinematic directing and motion capture techniques.
VideoGameConsulting.com’s writing and directing services cater for the needs of any developer or publisher seeking to take its products’ storytelling and characterisation to new heights through the use of Hollywood-style storytelling and character development techniques.
About Martin Korda:
BAFTA winner* Martin Korda has provided design, evaluation and scriptwriting advice to many of the world's largest and most well-respected development and publishing outfits including Electronic Arts, Sega, Ubisoft, Atari, THQ, Codemasters, Eidos, Sierra Games, Ubisoft Montreal, Nickelodeon, Disney, Bethesda, Lionhead Studios, Valve Software and many more. To date, he has consulted on over 100 products.
Martin’s extensive scriptwriting credits include Peter Molyneux's BAFTA winning The Movies and the award winning Black & White 2, Pure and Anomaly: Warzone Earth. Martin was also the co-writer of Lionhead’s groundbreaking Xbox 360 Kinect project Milo & Kate, is currently writing on Fable: The Journey and has been a multi-time Hollywood screenwriting finalist and semi-finalist with his action adventure TX, including prestigious contests such as the Screenplay Festival, Page International Screenwriting Awards and Story Pros.
For over a decade, the former PC Zone senior reviews editor has been one of the UK's most widely published games writers and critics. His extensive list of credits include The Guardian, The Guinness Book of Records: Gamer’s Edition, IGN.com, Eurogamer, computerandvideogames.com, GamesIndustry.biz, PC Zone, PSW, CVG, Official Xbox Magazine, Yahoo Games, Official PlayStation Magazine, Stuff, Stuff Gamer, Xbox World, PC Format, PSG, PC Gear, Total PC Gaming, SFX, Computer Buyer, Computer Shopper and Gamezebo.com.
In 2006, Martin created VideoGameConsulting.com, bringing together the cream of international gaming critics, experts and scriptwriters to provide developers and publishers with expertise on how to improve and market their products, as well as professional scriptwriting and narrative design services.
*Consultant and lead writer on The Movies, winner Best Simulation BAFTA 2006
About John Dower:
John Dower’s extensive television directing credits include several of the UK’s biggest, most popular and successful TV dramas, including the multi-time BAFTA winning Eastenders ( which during John’s involvement won a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for Best continuing Drama and was voted Best British Soap at the British Soap Awards and Inside Soap Awards); Casualty, the world’s longest running medical drama series (which during John’s involvement also won a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for Best continuing Drama); Britain's longest running police drama The Bill; Grange Hill, one the UK’s longest running and most well respected children’s drama series.
John’s films have been shown at film festivals across the globe and have won awards in Locarno, Chicago, Brussels, New York and Toronto. John was also the director of the BBC interactive web based drama series Signs of Life, while his video game experience includes 3 years as Director on Lionhead Studios’ groundbreaking Xbox 360 Kinect project Milo & Kate, during which time he was embedded in the animation, story and game design teams. He has also directed video game motion capture scenes for SCEE Cambridge and Audiomotion Studios.
John's teaching experience has taken him across the globe, running seminars, lectures, demonstrations and mentoring programmes. Among the institutions he has worked at are - NFTS (National Film & TV School) Beaconsfield UK, Ohio University - Athens Ohio USA, LCC (London College of Communication) MA in Screenwriting, ALRA (Academy of Live & Recorded Arts) London, GEM TV - mentor/exec Producer on pilot of Ethiopia's first soap set in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia & NFS (Northern Film School) Leeds UK.