Michelle Archer Waterman – Community

In this episode of Behind the Screen, we chat with Michelle Archer Waterman, an old friend and colleague from our days working on STAR WARS: The Old Republic. Michelle is currently a Team Lead for Community Management at Ubisoft, but before that, she worked for well-known studios like Bethesda and BioWare.

We talk about Michelle’s inspiring story of how someone who started out as a fan and a gamer turned their passion into a career, as well as about her path into the games industry, how she’s developed as a leader and a mentor, and how she helps others curate communities in games.

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Joshua Singh – Art Direction

In this episode of Behind the Screen, we chat with Joshua Singh, Art Director at Wavedash Games, the studio behind upcoming platform fighter Icons: Combat Arena

Joshua Singh’s journey in art has taken him to some well-known places from Sony Online Entertainment, to 38 Studios, to Blizzard (where he worked on the project that would eventually re-work itself into Overwatch), and Riot Games. Now working as Art Director at Wavedash Games, Josh seeks to break new ground in the platform fighter genre with Icons: Combat Arena, applying his 15+ years of experience in games to a fresh and exciting new IP.

Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Grumpymonkeh
Josh’s Website: https://josh_singh.artstation.com
Wavedash Games: https://www.wavedash.com/
Icons: Combat Arena: https://icons.gg
Frank’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/phoenixred
Kristen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiniWhiteRabbit

Belinda Zoller – Community

In this episode of Behind the Screen, we talk with Belinda Zoller, Community Manager for Extra Credits.

Belinda Zoller is a multi-talented individual, currently serving as Community Manager for video games learning series Extra Credits. Belinda was driven enough about their passion for games that they not only taught themselves coding but started a game dev organization in college, which eventually led to them becoming a Conference Associate for the Games Developer Conference, a gig they’ve been working for 3+ years in a row.

Belinda’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/theberlz
Belinda’s Website: https://berlz.itch.io
Extra Credits: https://becausegamesmatter.com/
GDC Website: http://www.gdconf.com/
Frank’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/phoenixred
Kristen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiniWhiteRabbit

Brian Smawley – Community

Brian Smawley – better known as Chef Lu Bu – is an Army veteran, talented chef, and YouTube creative. Originally born in Florida, Brian grew up in Georgia, where he lives today, working as a community manager at Battle and Brew, a unique venue that bills itself as Atlanta’s first Geekbar – a restaurant and bar equipped with PC stations, tabletop gaming areas, consoles, and a steampunk lounge – as well as a social media manager for GASM Media.

Brian began making videos on YouTube in 2013, preparing food inspired by popular video games such as League of Legends. Since then, he’s become an outspoken advocate for several social issues as well as the mistreatment of veterans.

Brian’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/chef_lu_bu
Brian’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChefLuBu/
Battle and Brew: http://www.battleandbrew.com
Frank’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/phoenixred
Kristen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiniWhiteRabbit

Marissa Huculak – 3D Animation

In this episode of Behind the Screen, we talk with Marissa Huculak, a 3D animator.

Marissa Huculak is a talented 3D Animator who’s put in work at Bardel Entertainment, an animation studio collaborating with places like Disney, Cartoon Network, Dreamworks, and more. Marissa worked on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, working with both artists and animation directors to put together a show featuring one of comics and animation’s most beloved set of pizza-loving martial-arts wielding reptiles. Currently, she’s an animator at Wavedash Games, an independent game publisher looking to break into the platform fighters scene with Icons: Combat Arena.

Marissa’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarissaHuculak
Marissa’s Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ambehr
Frank’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/phoenixred
Kristen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiniWhiteRabbit

Robert Daniell – IP Law

In this episode, we speak with Robert Daniell, a recent graduate from Case Western Reserve, looking to tackle IP law in video games.

Robert Daniell is a recent law grad, avid gamer, and a writer for Hearthhead and Hearthstone Top Decks, two of the most well-known sites for guiding you through Blizzard’s Hearthstone card game. During his time as a student, Robert’s worked with Ryan Morrison of Morrison/Lee, who’ve plied their trade being innovators and leaders in the realm of video gaming, esports, and technology law, and when he wasn’t doing that, he’s been tearing it up as a high level player in popular games like League of Legends and World of Warcraft.

Robert’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArgentanLaw
Hearthhead: http://www.hearthhead.com/
Hearthstone Top Decks: http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com
Frank’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/phoenixred
Kristen’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiniWhiteRabbit

 

 

Pamela Horton – Hosting

In this episode, we speak with Pamela Horton, host for GameStop TV, co-creator of ToasterGhost, and Facebook Gaming partner.

Pam is an effervescent personality, introduced to video games around the age of 5. She’s been an avid gamer, with a special place for JRPGs, MMOs, and sandbox titles like Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy XI, World of Warcraft, and Minecraft. She’s a media professional in the industry and is best known for her hosting and live work with Nintendo of America as Bayonetta, but has also made cameos on Last Week Tonight as “Sexy John Oliver.” She’s worked with Broken Lizard on Super Troopers 2, and had several notable YouTube collabs.

Pam’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/PamelaHorton13
Pam’s Website: https://www.neratrite.me/
ToasterGhost YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/toasterghost
Pam’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/pamelahortonstuff
Pam’s Facebook Gaming Page: https://www.facebook.com/pamelahorton13/videos/?ref=page_internal
Pam’s Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/pamelahorton13
Frank’s Twitter: twitter.com/PhoenixRed
Kristen’s Twitter: twitter.com/MiniWhiteRabbit