To help myself remember how I felt about various things that I finished
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I finally got around to seeing this. Musicals always fascinate me, and a modern musical, that was actually popular and acclaimed, made me very curious about how it was constructed. It is such an unusual story -- a comedy of villainy. The musical numbers were indeed glorious -- fast-paced, with powerful choreography and visual design. Also, seeing modern film stars, who don't normally need to sing and dance, actually sing and dance reasonably well had a pleasantly surprising quality. I've never seen the original musical -- but I have to wonder how it was staged... how reality and fantasy were blended. What is up with the city of Chicago, anyway? I wonder why corruption seems to blossom there so freely and persistently?
Jesse Schell has taught Game Design and led research projects at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (www.etc.cmu.edu) since 2002. Jesse is also the CEO of Pittsburgh’s largest videogame studio, Schell Games (www.schellgames.com), the author of The Art of Game Design: a book of lenses (www.artofgamedesign.com), and the former chairman of the International Game Developers Association (www.igda.org). In 2004, he was named one of the world’s Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT’s magazine of innovation.
Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, he was the Creative Director of the Disney Virtual Reality Studio, where he spent seven years as designer, programmer and manager on several projects for Disney theme parks and Disney Online. Before that, he was a software engineer at IBM and Bell Communications Research, and a writer, director, performer, juggler, comedian, and circus artist for both Freihofer's Mime Circus and the Juggler's Guild. You can email him at jesse(at)schellgames.com.