Gnomes & Goblins
Gnomes & Goblins is a collaborating between the director Jon Favreau (Jungle Book, Iron Man) and WEVR. In it, we sought to use roomscale VR technology to try and bring players into an animated film. However, rather than simply generate a 360 film, we created an interactive, real-time universe and a reactive, AI-driven creature whose presence is profoundly realistic in the HMD.
The challenges here are obvious- Maintaining and directing player attention, creating a genuine bond between player and creature and hitting the look/feel of a major Hollywood film. I'll let the reviews speak for themselves: We currently have a 96% Positive rating on Steam.
The project was first proposed in mid-2015 with work starting on early prototypes in Summer 2015. We began work in-earnest on the 'Preview' in Fall of 2015, with major assets and features in place by Q1 2016. Work continued on polish and approval until release on Sept 8th, 2016.
On Gnomes and Goblins my title was Senior Designer. John Bernhelm took the Lead Role as I was splitting my time between theBlu and G&G. The majority of my work was in the first 3-4 months of the project, setting up prototypes for directing player attention and basic interaction and working with audio engineer Brad Fotsch to create new tools and utilities for his use. Towards the end of the project my work was mostly in setting up the menu interactions and scene and the end-of-game events and data saving.
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Created by Jon Favreau
Creative Director Jake Rowell
Animation Director Andrew R. Jones
Executive Producer Neville Spiteri
Executive Producer Clint Kisker
Senior Producer Max Geiger
Producer Gigi Pritzker
Lead Designer John Bernhelm
Lead Artist Nghia Lam
Lead AI Engineer Chris Christensen
Lead Animator Mauricio Hoffman
Senior Engineer Jeff Lander
Visual Engineer/Animator Julian Kantor
Senior Designer Scott Stephan
Senior Artist Gennady Babichenko
Senior Artist Eric Foos
Senior Artist Bayard Baudoin
Senior Animator Ana Maria Alvarado
Senior Animator John Kim
Character TD Carlo Sansonetti
Character TD Alec Fredericks
Sound Designer Brad Fotsch
Engineering Support Eyal Erez
Production Support Richard Robledo
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