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Videogame guru to lead workshop in Swansea

Many Swansea gamers will have spent hours playing the smash hit Need for Speed video games.

Dylan Thomas Centre

Now an actor and artist involved in the production of the Need for Speed franchise will be visiting the city to teach local people tricks of the trade.

Al Kang will be leading a two-day workshop at the Dylan Thomas Centre on Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10.

Organised by Swansea Council, the hands-on workshop will explore the challenges of creating narrative experiences for video games.

Typical pitfalls encountered during the early stages of story construction, industry best practices and how to create a Hollywood feature film feel to a videogame screenplay will be among the topics covered. The workshop will also explore how classic storytelling techniques like fiction, prose writing and TV screenwriting apply to the production of 21st century videogames.

Jo Furber, Literature Officer at Swansea Council, said: "This is an exciting addition to the Dylan Thomas Centre's varied programme of events and activities, giving local people an insight into one of the elements involved in the production of hugely successful video games.

"No previous writing or gaming experience is needed to attend the workshops. All that's needed is an open mind to creating new worlds, new characters and dramatic moments in a setting where your audience leads the way. We'd also ask anyone who attends to bring their own laptop or tablet.

"The workshops follow in the Dylan Thomas Centre's proud tradition of attracting experts of the highest calibre to inspire local people to make reading, writing and creativity part of their everyday lives. These activities are among Swansea's rich culture that we're looking to further celebrate and share with the world if the city is successful in its bid for the UK City of Culture 2021 title.

"With limited spaces available for the workshops, anyone interested in coming along should book their place in advance to avoid disappointment."

The workshops are broken up into two sessions - the first will focus on 360 degree screenplay, with the second focussing on the creation of an in-game narrative experience.

With over 150 million sales across the world, the Need for Speed games, which date back to 1994, are among the most popular of all-time, even spawning a film adaptation starring Aaron Paul.

Head to www.dylanthomas.com or call 01792 463980 to book your workshop place or find out more information. 


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