80 Level Podcast

80 Level Podcast

80 Level Podcast is an episodic show for game developers, digital artists, animators, video game enthusiasts, CGI and VFX specialists. Join us to learn about new workflows, discuss new tools and share your work.

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December 7, 2022 59 min

Together with Jason Keyser from VFX Apprentice we've talked about stylized VFX production and the importance of learning visual effects for game developers these days. We’ve also dived into Jason’s experience at Riot Games and he shared what is it like to work for a big studio.

Check out VFX Apprentice website and learn from professionals: https://www.vfxapprentice.com/

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Simon Racioppa, one of the screenwriters and executive producers behind Emmy-Nominated animated anthology, The Boys Presents: Diabolical, talked with 80 Level about scriptwriting, making it in Hollywood, and building your career in this tough business we call show.

Watch a full trailer of The Boys Presents: Diabolical on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO8mSkbppE4&ab_channel=PrimeVideo

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Melissa Lee, President of Massive Black (one of the leading art outsourcing studios) has joined the 80 Level Podcast. We’ve talked about the creative challenges, the changes visual art in video games has undergone throughout the years, and its influence on the game’s perception.

Massive Black Website: https://massiveblack.com/

Melissa Lee is a President at Massive Black
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissalee3/

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Kip Katsarelis from Magic Fuel Games talked about his career journey from being an Executive Producer on SimCity at Electronic Arts to building his own games with a smaller team of dedicated developers. We also talked about hiring, retaining, and growing talent.

Magic Fuel Games Website: https://www.magicfuelgames.com/

Kip Katsarelis is a Chief Product Officer at Magic Fuel Games
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kip-katsarelis-20...

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Former CD Projekt Art Manager Len de Gracia talked about her experience working in big-budget games. We discussed work in Europe, the outsourcing market, and the challenges of game production, and shared some advice for artists on what they can improve to land a great job.

Len de Gracia is an Associate Art Director at Build A Rocket Boy
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lendegracia/

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We've talked with the CEO of Plask AI Junho Lee about changing traditional animation workflows with modern neural network solutions. Plask is an all-in-one browser-based AI motion capture tool and animation editor.

Plask Website: https://plask.ai/
Try Plask for free: https://80lv.pro/plasktrial 

Junho Lee is the Founder & CEO of Plask
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/junho-lee-a20419162/

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Animator, and department coordinator at SAE Creative Media Institute, Reza Sarkamari talked with 80 Level about his work on YouTube, discussed ways to engage with students, and shared some advice for beginners, who want to make games and film.

Reza Sarkamari is an Animation Department Coordinator at SAE Institute Australia
SARKAMARI YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/Sarkamari 
Twitter: @Sarkamari1
LinkedIn: https://www.li...

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Xsolla's Slava Lukyanenka talked about his experienceing crafting big blockbusters in Poland and helping smaller indie teams find their way in today's saturated market.

Slava Lukyanenka is a Director of Products at Xsolla
(Formerly - Senior Producer at CD Projekt Red)
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/viachaslaulukyanenka/

Xsolla Website: https://xsolla.pro/main
Xsolla Funding Club: https://xsolla.pro/fc 

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Physical game sales are still going strong. Together with Limited Run Games Marketing Director Alena Alambeigi we've discussed the need for owning your own copy in the game community and talked about modern ways of game distribution.

Limited Run Games Website: https://limitedrungames.com/  

Alena Alambeigi is the Marketing Director of Limited Run Games
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alena-alambeigi-5a42a378/
Twitter: https:/...

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Perception leaders Danny Gonzalez and Jeremy Lasky share how the company creates visions of the future for some of the world's biggest film studios. We've talked about their work with Marvel, production, design, inspiration, and also projects, where sci-fi film know-how helps improve real-world businesses.

Perception Website: https://www.experienceperception.com/
Film Case Studies: https://www.experienceperception.com/filmwo...

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Sharkmob London Managing Director James Dobrowski and Art Director Benjamin Penrose talked about games made in Great Britain and shared their thoughts on helping people grow in their new studio.

Sharkmob Website: https://www.sharkmob.com/
Sharkmob Job Openings: https://career.sharkmob.com/

James Dobrowski is the Managing Director of Sharkmob London
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-dobrowski-57b03311/
Benjamin Penrose is the ...

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Beyond-FX CEO Keith Guerrette joined 80 Level Round Table to discuss the studio's apprenticeship program. We also talked about VFX in games, the power of community, and the amazing stuff happening with RealtimeVFX forums.

Beyond-FX Website: https://www.beyond-fx.com/
Apprenticeship program: https://www.beyond-fx.com/apprenticeship-program
Real-Time VFX Forum: https://realtimevfx.com/

Keith Guerrette is CEO & Studio Head at Bey...

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In the new episode of 80 Level Round Table, the CEO of Feardemic Scott Millard joined Kirill Tokarev to tell us why the company decided to focus on publishing horror games, explain why people choose to develop horrors, speak about the advantages of having a publisher for your projects, and share some important piece of advice to aspiring Game Developers.

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The CEO of Ichigoichie Games David Ventura has joined 80 Level Round Table to tell us about the peculiarities of Japanese game development and compare them to European and American gamedev, explain why he moved to Sweden, and speak about Ichigoichie’s games and hiring practices.

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Lead Designer at Techland Tymon Smektala has joined Kirill Tokarev at 80 Level Round Table to tell us about the life and culture of the studio, discuss the tools Techlannd uses to create massive open-world environments, and share some behind-the-scenes information about the studio’s recently-released Dying Light 2 Stay Human.

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80 Level Round Table returns in a new and improved live format! This time, Postcard Game Studio’s CEO and Game Director Ray Almaden, Lead Environment Artist Martin Teichmann, and Environment Artist Peter Wano have joined Kirill Tokarev to tell about the company’s culture and recruitment process, discuss the role of Environment Art in game development, talk about the studio’s upcoming RPG, and share their stories of getting into gam...

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Project Lead responsible for Bohemia Interactive’s Enfusion Engine Pavel Šafář has joined Kirill Tokarev at 80 Level Round Table to discuss the development process behind the engine, explain how the company has managed to stay relevant for so long, and share some thoughts regarding the future of game engines.

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Andrew Teo, the CEO and Founder of Forust Studio, a game development studio based in Malaysia, has joined 80 Level Round Table to tell us about the development process behind their game The Company Man and discuss effective marketing strategies, indie developers can use to promote their games.

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The Co-Founder of iLogos Game Studios Alexander Goldybin and the company's CBDO and Board Member Svitlanka Sergiichuk Romaniuk have joined 80 Level Round Table to discuss outsourcing in the mobile game industry, iLogos' views on competition, and the future of blockchain technologies in mobile games.

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The COO at ÜberStrategist Gareth Williams has joined 80 Level Round Table to talk about effective PR strategies the company uses to promote the games, explain the difference between marketing and PR, and discuss how the PR industry has changed over the past years. UberStrategist is a boutique video game PR agency that specializes in positive publicity, effective promotion, and high-value partnerships for interactive entertainment c...

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