To help myself remember how I felt about various things that I finished
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Movie
My daughter read and reveled in all three books of the Wimpy Kid series, and so she was quite interested to see the movie. I was interested, too, since what distinguishes the books is that the main character, Greg Heffley is an irredeemable jerk. It seemed difficult to me to find a way to translate this to the screen in a way that wouldn't alienate the viewer. And in fact, they clearly had to work hard to make it happen -- a new character, "Angie" is added, who serves as a kind of "wise man in the cave", or a sort of conscience for Greg. And some events were altered just enough for Greg to be redeemed. All in all, it was a good adaptation. And, wow, some of it recalled parts of middle school that I'd sooner forget. Hey, "Rowley", what do you think?
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.