Intro to Game Production

October 8 - November 16, 2019
6 Tuesday Evenings + Day-long session
6 / 12 participants
beginner to intermediate
Czech
Prague

12 000 CZK

per participant


20 000 CZK

per 2-member-team

Open registration
Deadline: 18.08.2019
Price includes 21% VAT. Does not include: travel and accommodation.

About

Intensive workshop for those looking to gain knowledge and experience in gaming production. Learn how to plan and develop games using proven tools and procedures. Increase your employability, expand your knowledge and meet new colleagues and professionals in the field.

On completion of the course you will:

  • learn what it takes to create a game, how to find a designer, attract investors, reach out to your target audience and best present your game to the market.
  • become familiar with game production processes and the specifics of studio work.

How it works

The course consists of 6 evenings with a total of 18 hours and one day-long session consulting and pitching your project.

Each lesson focuses on one topic, which is developed through a series of short exercises aimed at gaining practical experience. Between lessons, you will work continuously on a project.

If you have a game project in development you can bring it to the course and further develop it with the help of the mentor.

The course is ended with one long day session, during which there would be time for final project consultations. You will also pitch your project in front of others, invited guests from the gaming industry and get feedback.

Dates and Times

  • 6 Tuesday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm; 8th October, 15th October, 22nd October, 29th October, 5th November, 12. November
  • Weekend 16th November from 10 am to 4 pm

Venue

Pražské kreativní centrum
Old town square 4/1, Dům u Zlatého rohu, Prague

Lesson plan

Weekly lectures and exercises

  • Forms, platforms, and technologies
    Virtual games, worlds, simulations, movies, and other forms. Production for computers, consoles, tablets, and websites. The virtual and widespread reality, smart TV and watch. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Facebook.
  • Czech environment and opportunities for game artists
    The specifics and potential of the Czech gaming industry. Developers, media, associations, and events in the Czech Republic. Games in relation to other creative forms. Screenwriters, animators, musicians, producers.
  • Background, people, law and finance
    Hardware and software tools, licenses, spaces. Finding, getting, linking, and keeping developers. Branch law, contractual relationships, specifics, and disputes. Financing, investing, grants and crowdfunding.
  • The process of making a virtual work
    Theme, Concept, Scenario, Design Document. Artworks, 2D / 3D graphics, animation, mocap. Programming, Engines, Middlewares, Audio. Testing, porting, localization.
  • Publishing, trading, and distribution
    Advertising and marketing strategy. Specifics and possibilities of online distribution. Early Access, Freemium, and other business models. Steam, GOG, Apple Appstore, and Google Play.
  • Czech gaming industry
    The character of the Czech gaming industry, media, clubs, and events. Czech gaming companies – focus, opportunities, and contacts. Cooperation between gaming and filmmakers, the relationship of both industries. Consulting for final pitching.  

Final project wrap-up

  • Pitch & feedback of projects in front of invited guest from the gaming industry
  • Final consultations of the projects

Who is it for

Whoever wants who seeks a job as a game producer in a studio or wants to develop his/her independent game.

Teams welcome! Come to a team of 2 with your project and get a better price.

Where will this get me

Some of the junior opportunities you will be able to consider on completion of the course include:

  • production of computer and mobile phone games
  • production of interactive movies and shows
  • production of virtual worlds and simulations

The workshop responds to the current demand of domestic developer studios for game producers and production managers. According to a survey carried out by the Association of Czech Game Developers, game studios are “crying out” for professionals with advanced knowledge of game production while experienced game production managers are fundamentally lacking in the job market.

The salary of a game production manager usually starts at 45,000 CZK per month.

Selection criteria

The workshop is intended for motivated enthusiasts, students, and professionals who want to expand their knowledge.

The required motivation letter should emphasize your career motivation to work in game production management and what you intend to do to develop your skills in the field after finishing the workshop.

Candidates should ideally have:

  • Previous experience with playing computer and mobile phone games
  • Work experience in the field of culture production management, animation or software development.
  • Interest in studying new approaches to audio-visual production in all its forms.
  • Basic knowledge in business, law, finance, and marketing as well as experience with project management.