Full name

Richard James Cook

Title

Filmmaker/Producer/Videogame Developer/3D Artist/Graphic Designer

Location

Austin, TX

Blurb

An artist with an objective. Change everything.

Biography

Who am I?

I'm an ambitious and driven underdog. I've set out on this journey to meet people who envelop what the videogame, film, music, and graphic arts industries are supposed to be defined by in their exploration, progression, and strength in community. With these people, I hope to create a cornerstone for future aspiring artists to stand on. I want to tell the stories of these people through my work, while being a part of the new culture that brings about the change our industries need.

Special Acknowledgments:

  • Moderated and spoke on a panel about my documentary "Pixel Poetry" at the first PAX South expo in San Antonio, TX on 1/24/2015 – Official PAX South Site Listing

  • Reached number 2 in bestselling films with my documentary "Pixel Poetry" on GOG.com (recorded on 11/22/2014) – Article on PixelPoetryMovie.com

  • Was 1 of only 20 participants to be accepted into and graduate from the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy inaugural class at the University of Texas at Austin, a game industry leadership skills building program taught under industry icon Warren Spector. – The Denius-Sams Gaming Academy on the Internet

  • 59,738 current views(as of 05.18.15) on "Pixels and Polygons: An Indie Game Developer Story", my first documentary film, published to YouTube on June 29th, 2013. – Pixels and Polygons on Gamestar Arts YouTube

  • 555,023 current total views(as of 5.18.15) on "ZBrush Basics", an introductory 10 video tutorial series I authored on how to use the virtual sculpting program ZBrush – ZBrush Basics on Gamestar Arts YouTube

  • Featured 3D artist, Issue 2012.02 of Eye For Games magazine(eyeforgames.com), published August 2012.

Experience

Filmmaker/Contract video editor and graphic artist

Devolver Digital

Austin, TX · October 2014 – Present

My second documentary film “Pixel Poetry” is attached to Devolver Digital per a distribution deal.

I am also an ongoing contracted partner with Devolver Digital for several smaller editing and graphic design roles for their outgoing media.

3D Artist/Game Designer/Project Lead

AdaptivElite LLC

Novi, MI · December 2011 – August 2013

I was a project lead for a cancelled 2D sidescroller, and artist for a small published 3D title.

Founder/Project Lead/Director/Editor/Designer

Gamestar Arts

Austin, TX · January 2010 – Present

I founded Gamestar Arts as both a publisher and production house. My roles vary within the company, most recently as the sole writer/editor/director of Pixel Poetry, a documentary film about videogames.

Education

Certification - The Denius-Sams Gaming Academy

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX · August 27, 2014 – May 8, 2015

I was 1 of 20 professionals carefully selected to participate in this post-graduate certificate course on leadership skills within the gaming industry. The course is directed by veteran gaming industry icon Warren Spector.

Associates of Science

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL · October 2003 – January 2005

I attended Full Sail University in the Computer Animation program.

Awards
2014 #2 Bestselling Documentary , Gog.com
My documentary film “Pixel Poetry” reached #2 in bestselling movies on gog.com
2014 Selected to The Denius-Sams Gaming Academy , Warren Spector, The University of Austin at Texas
I was 1 of 20 participants from hundreds of applicants to this program, selected by Warren Spector and his board.
Exhibitions
2015 Pixel Poetry - PAX South 2015 (Panel), Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX
I was selected to hold a panel for my film at the 1st Annual PAX South convention in San Antonio, TX.
2015 Pixel Poetry Screening at the GEEK Festival (Solo), Margate, UK area Convention Center, Margate, United Kingdom
I was invited to screen my second documentary at the annual GEEK Festival in Margate, UK in February 2015
2015 Electric Bookshop presents Pixel Poetry (Solo), The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
I was invited to screen my second documentary at the Electric Bookshop Arts and Cultural Sciences event at the Royal Society of Edinburgh
2013 Pro Janitor Police Demo - PAX East 2013 (Game exhibition), Boston Convention Center, Boston, MA
My team showcased our game “Pro Janitor Police” at the Penny Arcade Expo 2013 in Boston, MA.
2013 Pixels and Polygons: A Screening - Florida Supercon (Film Showing), Miami Convention Center, Miami, FL
I was selected to screen my first documentary at the Florida Supercon convention.
Clients

Devolver Digital Gambitious Digital Entertainment TaintedVisions.com RevueLabs.com

Specialties

Art Direction, Camera Operating, Editing, 3D Art, Graphic Design, Musical Performance

Skills

Filmmaking, Writing, Directing, 3D Art, 2D Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Audio Composition, Speaking, Music Performance, Author, Video Production, Producer

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