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Scott Robbin - Interaction Jones and the Template of Doom

  • Sep 24, 2012 · 6:30 PM

Gather, meet, chat, and eat food provided by Groupon

Interaction Jones and the Template of Doom
presented by Scott Robbin (@srobbin)

When George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were young, they were adventurous storytellers who took risks and thrilled audiences. Films such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones and E.T. stretched the boundaries of movie-making, using the most advanced technologies of their time to suspend disbelief.

The two had the golden touch: a combination of creativity and confidence that yielded impressive results. In 20+ years that followed, Lucas and Spielberg would go on to produce and direct countless films, including story continuations of previous blockbusters, the Star Wars prequels and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Like their contemporaries, they sought to engage moviegoers with the latest in effects technology — photorealistic renderings of scenes and creatures. While the results were visually stunning, the movies themselves did not resonate as did their predecessors. Many were seen as critical flops, and panned by longtime fans.

What went wrong? Did Lucas and Spielberg forget the magic formula? Did digital effects detract from the story line? As developers and designers, we are constantly striving to achieve the web-equivalent of Lucas and Spielberg’s golden touch. We attempt to keep pace with the ever-evolving technologies, and find balance with user experience. Interaction Jones and the Template of Doom will discuss design and development anecdotes, framed by Spielberg and Lucas’ blockbusters and follies.

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  • Jon B.

    Video of the talk is up and ready to watch!

    Thanks for coming everyone.

    September 26, 2012

    • elmo s.

      pleasure is mine, pizza was good

      September 26, 2012

  • Dave K.

    Good stuff on process with an open point of view. Thanks!

    September 25, 2012

  • elmo s.

    well presented/quite creative in its approach in presenting the topic. It reminded me of the earlier days of George Lucas and those who were w/ him, my cousin included

    September 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome talk, and great analogy used!

    September 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't beat a star wars metaphor.

    September 24, 2012

  • Andrew C.

    Great presentation - very thoughtful.

    September 24, 2012

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