Gaming artists, designers to speak 2011 GDX

The Savannah College of Art and Design will host the 2011 Game Developers eXchange, the seventh annual game development conference on May 13.

This year's keynote speaker is SCAD graduate CJ Cowan, who is the director of cinematics at Bungie Studios, the creator of award-winning Halo. Cowan was a cinematic designer on Halo 2 and directed the cinematics teams of Halo 3, Halo: ODST, and Halo: Reach, according to SCAD.

GDX will include game development professionals, educators, students and game enthusiasts. Experts will present a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the inner workings of the game industry as it continues to grow and mature. Speakers this year include:

  • Joe Halper, director of production at Virtual Heroes
  • Lina Song Halper, senior game programmer at Epic Games
  • Greg Foertsch, project art director at Firaxis Games
  • Chris Cherubini, lead artist at Respawn Entertainment
  • Navid Khonsari, owner at iNk Stories
  • Mark Behm, artist at Valve software
  • Lee Fraser, technical specialist at Autodesk

The conference offers sessions on game art, design and production disciplines. Game art sessions focus primarily on visual aesthetics of game development, which includes visual storytelling through environment art, game cinematic crafting, visual experience crafting, interactive animation and more, according to the college.

Game design sessions will look at the story, flow, pacing, interaction, rule sets, and gameplay mechanics that make up the gaming experience. Game production sessions will offer insights into the nuts and bolts of game development and what it takes to bring specific games to market, according to SCAD.

Registration for SCAD students and alumni is $45, and general registration is $60. For more information or to register for GDX, visit

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