Game & Interactive Media
Luke is a 2011 Game & Interactive Media graduate and he's currently a Project Manager at Jackbox Games. We asked Luke a few questions and here's what he had to say!
What do you like most about working at Jackbox Games?
Pretty much everything about working for Jackbox Games has been great, but it’s the people I work with that make it truly exceptional. Everybody here is at the top of their game, and they’re all inspiring to work with. I’m proud of all of the games I’ve been involved in and I still get excited to see our products in stores. With our latest games (The Jackbox Party Packs) we’ve literally created a new genre of party games, it’s been great watching the community around our games grow.
What piece of advice do you have for TFC candidates currently job searching?
Perseverance is the name of the game. Don’t give up, keep reaching out to people and always be respectful. It’s also a good idea to be nice to the career service department at TFC, they are a valuable resource and should be taken seriously. I can’t stress this enough, the Career Service Department literally got me my original job that led me to where I am now. Jackbox (at the time Jellyvision Games) reached out to the school with a QA contract opportunity, and in turn Career Services reached out to me. The other important thing is to keep making stuff outside of school, whatever discipline you’re in, potential employers are always going to want to see what you’ve done. Projects done outside of school will almost always be more beneficial than in school projects.
How did your experience at TFC help you to join your industry?
My time at TFC introduced me to the video game industry. I’ve always loved games, and I dreamed of actually working on games, but that always felt like a distant possibility. TFC made me realize that I could actually do it and gave me the skills to make it happen. I learned a lot about making games from my fellow students and teachers while working on various school projects. Maybe the most important factor was the Career Services Department, they taught me how to interview, write a resume, and reached out to me when job opportunities were available.
Should the opportunity to potentially hire TFC graduates were to come along, what would you look for in candidates?
We always look for strong communication skills and a positive attitude. You need to be able to work in an open office environment and respectfully interact with your co-workers. A high level of skill in your discipline is always desired too, which probably seems obvious. We also look for people who have a strong desire to succeed and push themselves to be their best.
What was your favorite thing about TFC?
My favorite thing at TFC was the friends I made. After going to a traditional school at the University of Kentucky, it was a nice change to be surrounded by my fellow game nerds. A close second was the facility itself, and being in downtown Chicago every day was really cool too.
Name one thing that made you choose TFC over other colleges?
I knew I wanted to apply to TFC as soon as I walked in for my visit, I was blown away by the inside of the building and all the cool tech I was surrounded by.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
There’s not much I would do differently if I had to do it again, but I would work on more outside projects. One question that constantly came up in interviews was “What published titles have you worked on?” Looking back, I’m confident that I could have gotten a team together and we could have developed and released a published product. There are many options available for indie devs these days, and nothing will help you more than having worked on published titles, unless of course you’re just a genius in your field.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
End of Summer A Session : July 1, 2017
Start of Summer Session: July 12, 2017
End of Summer Trimester : Sept. 2, 2017
Break - No Classes: Sept. 3 - 25, 2017
**ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS!**
TFC will be instituting a change in policy regarding loaner equipment from the I.T. Department. This change has been in effect since MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!
If you wish to check out a laptop and/or power supply from the I.T. Department, you MUST LEAVE A FORM OF ID
(such as a Driver's License or State ID) with the I.T. Department while you are borrowing a laptop and/or power supply. This ID WILL BE RETURNED to you when you bring the equipment back to the I.T. Department.
Please note that NO LAPTOPS AND/OR POWER SUPPLIES CAN BE CHECKED OUT WITHOUT LEAVING AN ID!!! There will be no exceptions to this policy.
INDUSTRY EVENTS & NEWS
THE FUTURE OF OUR MUSIC EXPERIENCE
The Future of Our Music Experience – Financial Performance
Seeking Profitability and a Return of Value to All Stakeholders
Supported by CD Baby
Presented by Nathan Stein
Subscriptions, revenues, royalties, and the elusive pursuit of profitability. Let’s explore growth and evolution of the music streaming business from a financial perspective, and the affect on money made by these streaming companies, artists, labels, and everyone around them. We’ll also discuss lessons learned from this great case study in progress and how to apply them to your entrepreneurial venture. Adapt to survive and hopefully thrive!
Monday, July 24, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
4245 N Knox Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
RED 8K HELIUM & DSMC2 DEMO DAY - CHI
Join AbelCine and RED to get a closer look at RED’s camera lineup in our Chicago showroom, including the 8K Helium S35 Sensor, overview of DSMC2 Camera Modules, and an introduction to RED TECH features. Attendees will get a chance to learn more about RED’s IPP2 image processing pipeline. Guests will also go hands-on with the cameras, as well as have their questions answered by representatives from RED and AbelCine Specialists. This is an informal, showroom demo so feel free to stop by anytime between 11am and 3pm.
Capable of shooting motion and stills in 8K 2.4:1 at up to 75 frames per second (fps), or 8K Full Format at 60 fps—WEAPON 8K S35 delivers unrivaled performance. At full 8K resolution, the HELIUM sensor captures 35.4 Megapixel motion and stills. Coupled with 60–75 fps, WEAPON 8K S35 provides the most advanced VFX solution with next-level creative flexibility. With other HELIUM sensor advancements, WEAPON 8K boasts improved low-light sensitivity and impressive dynamic range. Blazing-fast 300 MB/s data rates allow you to take advantage of the lowest possible REDCODE—and record proxy 4K Apple ProRes or 4K Avid DNxHR formats, simultaneously. As a member of the DSMC2™ camera lineup, WEAPON 8K S35 benefits from the advanced modularity of the RED ecosystem. Featuring cable-free peripherals, integrated mounting plate, wireless control, and compatibility with a growing number of DSMC2 modules and accessories. WEAPON also supports interchangeable OLPFs and lens mounts—empowering you to make the most of all of your S35 compatible PL, Nikon, Canon, and Leica lenses.
RED IPP2 offers a completely overhauled workflow experience, from image capture through post production. IPP2 enhancements include: better management of challenging colors, smoother highlight roll-off, improved shadow detail, more accurate mid-tone hues, an improved demosaicing algorithm to achieve higher detail at the same pixel resolution, simpler and more intuitive workflow, a workflow designed for HDR from the ground up, industry-standard naming, and standardized color space and gamma.
Watch the latest RED DSMC2 Reel: https://youtu.be/TUjB1vAbEWA
Watch an overview of RED IPP2 (Image Processing Pipeline): https://youtu.be/giOzn2y6_Q4
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
2602 W. 16th street, 4th floor
Chicago, IL 60608
TEACH-IN: THE HANDMAID'S TALE
Join us for our Teach-In series featuring a screening of Volker Schlöndorff’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, followed by a discussion with Professor Helen Thompson.
he July Teach-In will be led by Helen Thompson (Ph.D. Duke, English; M.A. Johns Hopkins, The Writing Seminars; B.A. Amherst College, English and Chemistry), a Professor of eighteenth-century British literature, philosophy, and the history of science at Northwestern University. She is an affiliate of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, where she teaches feminist theory and second-wave feminism.
She is the author of Ingenuous Subjection: Power and Compliance in the Eighteenth-Century Domestic Novel(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) and the soon-to-be-published Fictional Matter: Empiricism, Corpuscles, and the Novel (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).
Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood and adapted for the screen by Harold Pinter, Schlöndorff's 1990 The Handmaid's Taleis set in a future United States where pollution has rendered 99% of American women infertile. Offred (Natasha Richardson), part of the reproductive 1%, is forced to become a "Handmaid," a sexual slave who serves as a surrogate for sterile couples.
Operating as a fundamentalist Christian dictatorship, this dystopian reproductive economy places Offered under the immediate supervision of the cold-hearted Serena (Faye Dunaway) and the larger authoritarian male control of Serena's husband, "The Commander" (Robert Duvall). The film is a story of "surrogate motherhood run amok in a society dominated by iron-fisted pulpit thumpers turned fascist militarists" (Rita Kempley, The Washington Post). Made just after the political heyday of the Christian right, the film clearly intends to do for the Moral Majority what Orwell did for Communism in 1984—to envision the horrifying consequences of its ideology.
Monday, July 10, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT
1517 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Anime Midwest is a family-friendly anime convention in Rosemont, Illinois. This three-day event focuses on video gaming, Japanese anime, Japanese manga, and bringing authentic Japanese culture and anime to life.
Anime Midwest is another fine convention organized by AnimeCon.org
Friday, Jul 7, 2017, 8:00 AM –
Sunday, Jul 9, 2017, 8:00 PM CDT
Hyatt Regency O'Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Ave
Rosemont, IL 60018
KIZUKI ANIME NIGHT DONATION - JULY 2017
In Kizuki, we are passionate on giving back to our community and we want to invite you to join us.
How? Participate in our movie nights starting 07/03/2017
Guests who make a charitable donation toward the designated foundation (We recommend $2 per guest) will be able to make a seating reservation during movie nights (Up to 10 reservations per event, rest of the seating is first come first serve with free admission).
We will take down your reservation based on your donation amount (Example, $6 donation for a party of three.)
10% of the Dessert Sales will benefit a specific charitable foundation during the anime night.
Below is the movie night lineup and foundation partners for each week in July.
07/03 06:00 PM: Cowboy Bebop Marathon
07/05 07:00 PM: Spirited Away
Benefiting PAWS Chicago
07/11 07:00 PM: Princess Mononoke
07/13 07:00 PM: Initial D, The Movie
Benefiting Aikiko International Foundation
07/18 06:00 PM: Bleach, the Marathon
07/19 07:00 PM : Yu Yu Hakusho, the Movie
Benefiting Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
07/25 06:00 PM: Food Wars, the Marathon
07/27 06:00 PM: Hunter X Hunter, the Marathon
Benefiting Boys & Girls Club Chicago
Thursday, July 13, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya Wicker Park
1482 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
TFC CAMPUS CLUBS
Now recruiting for clubs for Fall!
Feel free to let us know via email if you'd like to start your own club or join an existing club.
The more the merrier!
ACADEMIC SUCCESS LABS
SUMMER B 2017
By appointment only over the summer
Math Lab Assistant
Monday-Thursday 1-2 pm
Writing Lab Assistant
Walk ins and Appts.
*This is everything else*
(Time management/Organizational skills/Communication Skills)
This will be done as needed
Workshops and Appts.
Academic Lab Assistant
Computer Technology Lab
Online Student Tutoring
All services offered on ground
Skype or email papers- Writing Lab
Collaborate in Blackboard- Math Lab
Academic Assistance-PPT emails, as needed, and by appointment
We are here to help you succeed!!!
INFO COMMONS / LIBRARY