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Interactive Indies is a bi-weekly community podcast featuring the stories from the people that make up our interactive, game development and creative communities both locally and abroad. Since 2017 we have invited members of various creative industries in Winnipeg to sit down and share a deeper conversation. Through these conversations we are able to learn much more about all the diverse and unique group of people that populate our various creative communities. Through the podcast we are able to share their stories and shine a light on these people as we strengthen the bonds that bring us together.

Interactive Indies is a bi-weekly community podcast featuring the stories from the people that make up our interactive, game development and creative communities both locally and abroad. Since 2017 we have invited members of various creative industries in Winnipeg to sit down and share a deeper conversation. Through these conversations we are able to learn much more about all the diverse and unique group of people that populate our various creative communities. Through the podcast we are able to share their stories and shine a light on these people as we strengthen the bonds that bring us together.

Location:

Canada

Description:

Interactive Indies is a bi-weekly community podcast featuring the stories from the people that make up our interactive, game development and creative communities both locally and abroad. Since 2017 we have invited members of various creative industries in Winnipeg to sit down and share a deeper conversation. Through these conversations we are able to learn much more about all the diverse and unique group of people that populate our various creative communities. Through the podcast we are able to share their stories and shine a light on these people as we strengthen the bonds that bring us together.

Language:

English

Contact:

204-229-8264


Episodes

#25 - Mike Safioles

7/24/2020
3D Artist at Zenfri Inc, and these days I do a lot of procedural / technical environment art with SideFX Houdini, Substance Designer, and Unity. I have a few years of experience in the 3D industry here in Winnipeg, having worked with Electric Monk Media and Tangent Animation in the past. I'm a DMD + 3DCG grad from Red River College too! I love finding ways to automate or improve the efficiency of art stuff, so I end up fiddling around with Houdini both at work and at home. I listen to a lot...

Duration:01:08:04

#24 - Zi Ye

5/13/2020
Zi is an engineer at Owlchemy Labs, having worked on titles such as Job Simulator, Vacation Simulator, and Rick & Morty: Virtual Rickality. He enjoys working on complex things, wacky things, and everything in between. He has a good dog.

Duration:01:05:28

#23 - Lesley Klassen

1/1/2020
Lesley co-founded Flipside XR, a VR animation company that makes Flipside Studio, a real-time animation app that enables vTubers, animators, and creators to bring their animations to life. He has directed multiple virtual reality experiences and real-time animations since he started working in Virtual Reality in 2013 and he has presented at Oculus Connect, the VR developer conference held by Facebook.

Duration:01:09:27

#22 - Steve Chubaty

12/18/2019
Game Developer (Surprise!), Avid Learner, King in the North? I've worked on a variety of games for a variety of platforms and game jams are one of my favorite things on the planet. I enjoy games that create interesting social situations, be it board games which I have an excessive love for, video games, or playing sports of any kind (but never ask me to watch them!). I spent 3 years in Nunavut freezing my butt off, going on wild adventures, and conquering the North. Now I've come back to...

Duration:01:10:02

#21 - Video Games!

3/6/2019
Albertine Watson is a Game friend at Infinite Ammo Inc, working on #ProjectPotato and others. Julian Beutel is a freelance composer for film and video games / explorer of weird sounds. Watcher's Woods | An Object At Rest | My Magical Friend | Field of Fate | SkyBoats. Rebecca Harrison is a texture Artist at Tangent Animation, Game Designer on FREERIDE Streaming Gamedev Character Art: http://twitch.tv/flightyfelon Matt Woelk made #PropagandaLlama. Runs @SpaceWagonGames and @GamesExplained,...

Duration:01:42:45

#20 - Justin Ladia

2/20/2019
Justin Ladia is a Winnipeg-based graphic designer and illustrator; a volunteer staff illustrator and 2017’s Volunteer of the Year at The Uniter; and a graphics assistant at Ai-Kon Winnipeg, Manitoba's largest anime convention. Justin is also the City Host and Organizer of PechaKucha Night Winnipeg.

Duration:00:58:47

Interactive Indies #19 - Corey King

2/6/2019
Corey King is an International award-winning story-teller, game developer & producer with experience in building mobile, augmented reality and virtual reality games through his company ZenFri which he co-founded with his wife Danielle. His expertise is in writing, designing and producing unique and original story experiences across mediums ranging from short fiction and film to video games. These experiences have lead to Corey participating in talks and panels all over the world and allowed...

Duration:01:05:09

Interactive Indies #18 - Daniel Bergman

1/23/2019
Educator, musician, and gamer. His career as an educator came naturally and practically from his passions as a musician, and his love of music career arguably came from dissecting the songs from the games he grew up on. Besides being the editor of this(Interactive Indies) podcast Daniel also hosts a video game music theory podcast called Overtune Warpzone. He is also involved with the YouTube channel Games Explained, where they host videos covering board game rules, podcasts and editorials.

Duration:01:18:50

Interactive Indies #17 - Noah Decter-Jackson

1/9/2019
Noah is the CEO & Creative Director of Complex Games, Winnipeg's first video game development company (as far as we know), which he co-founded in 2001. During his tenure at Complex he has been involved in some capacity with pitching, designing, developing and launching over 20 games. He's served on the Executive of the Board of New Media Manitoba, has served on the boards of On Screen Manitoba and North Forge, and was a co-founder and co-organizer of the Winnipeg Game Development Meetup...

Duration:01:31:10

Interactive Indies #16 - Graeme Borland

12/12/2018
Graeme Borland is a multidisciplinary game developer, frequent game jam participant, and tall person who does not play basketball. From working on VR games at Owlchemy Labs to his daily sketch blog, Graeme is seldom without a handful of projects on the go. He enjoys coming up with tasty bite-sized games for events like Ludum Dare and Pegjam, and daydreaming about what to work on next. He also likes cats, ramen, and grapefruit juice - none of which are discussed in this episode.

Duration:01:03:23

Interactive Indies #15 - Kert Gartner

11/28/2018
Kert is a renowned indie game trailer craftsman and VFX industry veteran. He helped pioneer the creation of high quality Mixed Reality VR videos with the debut of the Fantastic Contraption and Job Simulator trailers for the HTC VIVE. While he isn't immersed in VR, Kert is making some of the greatest indie game trailers out there working with the teams behind games like Nuclear Throne, Hotline Miami, Spelunky, FEZ, Broforce, TowerFall, and many more. In a past life, he contributed to over...

Duration:01:30:20

Interactive Indies #14 - Julian Beutel

11/14/2018
Julian Beutel grew up in the Canadian prairies playing classical piano and jazz trumpet, then moved to Los Angeles where a passion for composing for film and video games was awakened. In 2015 he composed the music for An Object at Rest, shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Animated Short. He now lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba as a freelance composer and game jam enthusiast. Other projects he’s worked on include My Magical Friend, SkyBoats, and If It Ain’t Got.

Duration:00:44:50

Interactive Indies #13 - Matheu Plouffe

10/31/2018
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Matheu grew up on the golden age of 8-bit video games. After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Film Studies and Philosophy, Matheu had a not completely unsuccessful run as a independent filmmaker before he became a programmer. Once he got into coding, his love for art and his love for video games drove him to get involved in the indie game community. While attending Red River College, Matheu founded a game development club where his...

Duration:00:36:02

Interactive Indies #12 - Adrian Cheater

10/17/2018
Adrian Cheater is a transgender woman, game programmer and co-founder of Complex Games, contributing to the development of over 15 titles. Born and raised in Winnipeg, she became interested in computers at a young age and has been actively coding for 30 years. She has worked with a number of languages and platforms over the years, though her professional work focuses mostly in Unity3D, and web development using a combination of C#, Ruby, and Python.

Duration:00:27:45

Interactive Indies #11 - Michael Gooch

10/3/2018
The bombastic Michael Gooch. QA Tester for Square-Enix by day, Game Designer by night, this nomadic fellow has been developing his own games all over Canada and the UK for over 4 years, with his most recent mobile release delving into the historic recreation of Hnefatafl, a board game played by traveling Vikings in their quest of discovery and up-to-no-goodery. Currently working on a Space Dog Fight Card Game and other small side projects, Michael hopes to not only develop mechanically...

Duration:00:51:40

Interactive Indies #10 - Aaron Kostuik

9/19/2018
Aaron Kostuik is the CEO of AYBOnline Inc which started as a small internet cafe in 2001 and grew to host multiple LAN parties a year by 2003. Eventually, AYBOnline directed its focus to competitive gaming and started to host some of the largest gaming tournaments in central Canada and the northern United States, these events have become known as BaseLAN. Although considered a university drop out, he is also an engineer for cloud security at Microsoft Azure/O365.

Duration:01:25:10

Interactive Indies #9 - Shera Starr & Josh Grand

9/3/2018
Josh Grand, formerly a SharePoint Developer/JIRA Administrator with Bell MTS, is a hobbyist game developer and professional procrastinator. When he's not playing games, he's thinking of game ideas that are far too difficult to implement at his current skill level. One day, he hopes to release an RPG that will rival those of his childhood favorites. Shera Starr is a 3D surfacing/modeling/character FX artist, having recently worked on the movie Next Gen. She loves making video games,...

Duration:00:53:16

Interactive Indies #8 - Dann Blair

8/22/2018
Daniel Blair founded Bit Space Development in 2015, working in interactive digital media focused on developing augmented and virtual reality experiences for serious purposes. He serves as technology advisor for North Forge Technology Exchange where he founded the Advanced ICT Lab. Dan also sits on the board of directors for New Media Manitoba where he works to grow the IDM industry in Manitoba. In 2016 Daniel received the future leaders of Manitoba award as well as the CICAN award. Daniel...

Duration:00:37:42

Interactive Indies #7 - Sara Wilde

8/8/2018
Sara Wilde is a 3D Character Artist, a coffee drinker, travel enthusiast and cat lover. Living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba Sara does a combination of freelance, teaching, and convention work. Her love of learning and new challenges makes her extra appreciative to live in a community that allows for so much diversity in her work.

Duration:00:41:24

Interactive Indies #6 - Matt Woelk

7/25/2018
Matt Woelk is a game developer, improviser, and musician. To Matt, being is learning, mathematics is exciting, and stories are the lens through which we see the world. His goal is to make a game that you've heard of, while supporting the people around him.

Duration:00:26:59