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Experiential Storytelling Master Class

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Co-presented with FilmGate Interactive

Is Experiential Storytelling defining the future of entertainment? Four interactive story architects discuss how creators are pushing boundaries and crafting cutting-edge narrative structures. By blending traditional storytelling methods with new tech developments, storytellers define the not-so-distant future of entertainment. Among the many topics this team of experts will explore are: deeper audience engagement, spatial computing and storytelling, and using game elements to create a more compelling story.

Moderated by: Diliana Alexander

Panelists: Lindsay Grace, Savannah Niles, Alyssa Landry

Lindsay Grace is Knight Chair of Interactive Media and an associate professor at the University of Miami School of Communication. He is Vice President for the Higher Education Video Game Alliance and the 2019 recipient of the Games for Change Vanguard award. Lindsays book, Doing Things with Games, Social Impact through Design, is a well-received guide to game design.

Savannah Niles is a product designer at Magic Leap, leading cross-functional teams to develop new paradigms for interaction, communication, and collaboration for a spatial computing operating system, the Lumin OS. She graduated with her masters from the MIT Media Lab. Previously, she designed interactive experiences with Twitter, Walt Disney Imagineering and Bloomberg. She's based in Miami.

Alyssa Landry is a creative director, writer and immersive experience designer whose broad and varied background includes a degree in music, a long and successful career in theater, a decade of experience writing and directing for Disneyland Paris, as well as her most recent work designing narratives for VR and AR experiences. Her Disneyland Paris credits include Star Wars Season of the Force, The Jedi Training Academy, Frozen Sing-Along, The Forest of Enchantment, as well as numerous live shows.

Diliana Alexander (moderator) is an award-winning interactive storytelling producer and director, who hails from Toronto, Canada and now lives in Miami, Florida. She is the co-founder of FilmGate Miami and FilmGate Interactive, as well as the Downtown Media Center. Diliana is the Program Director and Executive Director of the annual FilmGate Interactive, the first festival in the U.S. to solely showcase interactive and immersive stories, as well as the technology that supports them. It takes place in early May in Miami and Miami Beach.

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