Monthly Archives: January 2009

Phases

Posted on January 31, 2009, 12:34 pm, by admin, under Workshops.

Phase 1 was getting to know each other. Phase 2 was the technical introduction, telling stories and talking about telling stories. Now we’re moving into Phase 3, building the teams. Phase 3 entails a serious point of inflection, where the students go from absorbing stories and technical skills information to directing and producing their own work.
Phase 3 is [...]

3rd Skins Workshop This Weekend!

Posted on January 30, 2009, 12:06 pm, by admin, under Workshops.

We’re at Kahnawake Survival School this weekend, getting our third Skins workshop under way. The schedule is here.
Beth is our guest expert this time, and she’ll focus this weekend on getting the students to choose stories, roles, teams and platform. We’ll also be pushing ahead on animation and–good news, as we didn’t think the KSS machines could [...]

Game Development Team Traits

Posted on January 26, 2009, 3:46 pm, by Elizabeth LaPensée, under RESOURCES, Workshops.

In preparing for next week’s Skins workshop, I’ve come up against asking how to help the students decide what roles they should take on in their teams. I’m used to either working with young young youth who tend to take on bits and pieces of every role with help from myself and others with the [...]

TimeTraveller™ News

Posted on January 14, 2009, 5:34 pm, by skawennati, under Uncategorized.

Sometimes it is painful to write about your own art. The thought of revealing to the world your flawed decision-making processes or your inability to truly articulate your meaning or your doubts about your skills… it’s all so daunting. On the other hand, it is such a burden to remember everything, like why you [...]

Stereotypes in Gaming

Posted on January 14, 2009, 4:53 pm, by Jason, under PEOPLE, Uncategorized, representation.

I’m posting out of turn here, but it’s a blog so that’s OK, right?
One of my main interests in the AbTeC project is working on ways of articulating arguments–beyond the moral ones– for broadening the producer base to include people from a wider range of backgrounds than is presently the case. In other words, why [...]

Beth Escaping

Posted on January 14, 2009, 4:52 pm, by Jason, under Uncategorized.

Beth gets interviewed by The Escapist online magazine, and does a great job laying out the Skins / AbTeC agenda. Here’s an excerpt:

Traditional knowledge is vital to the well-being of our youth and their futures,” Dillon explains. “We learn from the ones before us. In the case of Skins, the importance is carefully considering traditional [...]

Inspiration

Posted on January 12, 2009, 3:16 pm, by Elizabeth LaPensée, under INSPIRATION, Introduction.

I just had to write down 2009 on a contract date a few days ago–when did that happen?! I can’t believe it’s been another year.
Over the next while, my topic is going to shift from my own research and explorations to highlighting other indigenous scholars and makers (creators, artists, practicioners, what have you) working in [...]

New Blog Lineup!

Posted on January 12, 2009, 2:57 pm, by skawennati, under Uncategorized.

Happy New Year All!
I’m eager to announce that AbTeC’s blog will have a bit of a new modus operandi in 2009.  Instead of random posts by anyone (which are still welcome!), we will now also have a regular schedule of rotating posts from Jason Lewis, Beth A. Dillon, Morgan Kennedy and myself, Skawennati Tricia Fragnito.
Each [...]