2K Games and Gearbox software have partnered to give the students at the Academy of Art University a wonderful opportunity to develop a short film based on the Borderlands universe.
Industry veterans working alongside academy professors will be working with the students, not just on the 3D side, but in all disciplines as well.
The premise is simple. Starting in spring 2013, students will form teams to create their short film. They will have all summer to work and create their ideas. At the end, a team of panelists from both Gearbox and the Academy will judge who has the best short film. The prize at the end for the winning team is internships at 2K Games as well as having their short be added the Borderlands mythos.
More developers and publishers should follow Gearbox and 2K’s lead and work with Game Dev and Film Schools. It’s a great way to hone and scout talent, and gives real incentive for students.
I saw it happen at the Global Game Jam I attended back in January. Both Microsoft and Zynga sponsored the RIT jam spot. Granted, they weren’t physically there, but they did grab all the students’ contact information to send them internship information.
Overall, even for the teams who don’t get picked, it’s still a great project to put on your resume and impress some major players.
I can’t wait to see what the students come up with. And I hope Gearbox and 2K Games continue this every year!