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Saturday, October 29 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Interactive Storytelling: The New Frontier

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Video games have developed from small, linear play-through adventures to massive multiplayer games with open worlds and branching narratives. So how has this evolution led to a growing commitment to story, and how has this interactive medium affected the way we tell and consume stories? Join this conversation on the challenges and opportunities that come with interactive storytelling.

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Stephanie Whallon

AFF Moderator; Director, Texas Film Commission

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Ashley Poprik

Marvel's Spider-Man 2, Lead Writer of Marvel Mayhem, Clue: Disney Villains, No Body, Racing to Empathy
Ashley Poprik is the writer/narrative designer at BonusXP. She has written for a variety of games: Big and small, video games and board games. Ashley has previously worked at Insomniac Games and Hasbro, writing for a variety of game projects. Ashley has a serious passion for disability... Read More →
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Philip Balli

writer/narrative designer Arto, Writers' Assistant Fargo, Project Sangria
Philip is a Laredo, TX native with an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. He has experience serving in various support staff positions in TV writers’ rooms for shows such as Fargo (FX) and Parasite (HBO). Prior to that, he was a research assistant... Read More →
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Justin Sloan

narrative lead/game writer PlanetQuest, Game of Thrones, Rival Peak
JUSTIN SLOAN is a screenwriter, novelist, and video game writer. Currently working as the narrative lead for Galactic Entertainment's PlanetQuest, he has an emphasis on interactive fiction and loves science fiction and fantasy. Justin was staffed on DJ2 Entertainment's TV-hybrid titled... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2022 3:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall B 301 E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701