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USC Student Art Director LF Mentor
09-07-2012, 03:39 AM
Hi, my name is Brian Choi, and I’m a Junior at USC’s Interactive Media Division.
I’ve been "hired" onto one of the Advanced Final Games Projects @ USC (Essentially, Undergrad Thesis Game project, CTIN 491) as Art Director of a 3D arcade spaceship shooter, Core Overload.
I was wondering if there was anyone near USC or in the Los Angeles area that has Art Director experience / Art Lead Experience and would be happy to mentor our Art Team and/or me for the duration of the school year?
To be frank, after several game development projects and internships as an (art) team member, this is my first time being team lead on any game project of this size. I feel like I have a lot to learn, not only on the “job” but also from more experienced people. I don’t know what I don’t know, which concerns me, and art management is a fairly new field to me. I just understand some vague "to-dos" including finalizing a style guide, setting up clear lines of communication, work closely with your engineers/designers, and management > art (trust the artists to do their thing).
To quickly pitch the game, Core Overload is a UDK, Network Multiplayer, Arcade Spaceship shooter that revolves around quick paced competition and customizable ships based on modules.
As said above, we are working with the Unreal Development Kit and plan to implement online multiplayer in the final product. Total team size is around 20/30/40 people, and the art team is getting finalized as we speak.
Art team wise:
I’m both dealing with on-site art members and off-site artists, experiences ranging from proficient students to working professionals willing to lend a hand. I’m working with excellent tech artists to provide shader foundations for the assets and have some assistance in terms of communicating with off-site artists. To put it mildly, I feel overwhelmed, especially since I have people twice my age under my direction, essentially. Art Style hasn't been pinned down yet, but we are looking at a easily-readable, highly-stylized style like TF2/Borderlands. Shaders will push it more towards Borderland's work.
In terms of commitment, that can definitely be negotiated. I'm looking to learn from the best, and the fellow students on my art team would definitely love to learn from a professional as well. If we can meet physically in a group meeting and our work be judged as professionals would, that would be amazing. This would not have to go through the school, it'd be more informal and you'd definitely get credit on the game as one of our industry mentors.
If anyone might be interested and/or need more information, my email is email@example.com.
My credentials/resume are @ my http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brian-choi/32/376/a52
More information as to what this "class" is @http://gamepipe.usc.edu/usc_gamepipe...y/DemoDay.html
Some previous, and most decidedly the PREMIERE Advanced Game projects that were completed in years past (not all, but some of the best, I believe.)
Tales from the Minus Lab
Combiform (This is the kickstarter page, but combiform spent time incubating in Final Games as well)
Thank you for your time!
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