Richard James Cook
Filmmaker/Producer/Videogame Developer/3D Artist/Graphic Designer
An artist with an objective. Change everything.
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.
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.
Filmmaker/Contract video editor and graphic artist
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
I was a project lead for a cancelled 2D sidescroller, and artist for a small published 3D title.
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.
Certification - The Denius-Sams Gaming Academy
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
I attended Full Sail University in the Computer Animation program.
#2 Bestselling Documentary
My documentary film “Pixel Poetry” reached #2 in bestselling movies on gog.com
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.
|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.
Devolver Digital Gambitious Digital Entertainment TaintedVisions.com RevueLabs.com
Art Direction, Camera Operating, Editing, 3D Art, Graphic Design, Musical Performance
Filmmaking, Writing, Directing, 3D Art, 2D Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Audio Composition, Speaking, Music Performance, Author, Video Production, Producer