Thursday, October 23, 2003

Keynote at the Digital Storytelling Society Conference, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

This was a short but interesting two-day conference in South Korea. I was invited to deliver one of the keynotes on the first day, so I gave them "Interactivity versus Narrative: This Time It's War!" It seemed to go over very well, probably in part due to the simultaneous translation that was available. In the course of the conference I met some fascinating people: David Howard, a professor of screenwriting at USC; Jinzo Toriumi, an elderly and very famous Japanese animation director; and Tim Petras of the Microsoft Game Studios, who is doing some extremely interesting work on on-line interactive entertainment that is not a game. I was put up in a five-star hotel and treated like a king the whole time -- several sumptuous banquets of excellent Korean food.