Davionne Gooden is a filmmaker and game developer who, after attending just one semester of film school, left to pursue development of his surreal adventure RPG about dreams and their mirrored reality. Listen to Ep59 as Davionne, founder of Studio Zevere, shares his reasons for leaving school and how the gaming world is already noticing his surreal, hip hop infused game though yet to be released, spawning recent invitations to speak at GameDevs of Color Expo and to showcase at Micosoft’s XBOX Live.
07:05s Background music and She Dreams Elsewhere video game
09:52s Trailer / live action teaser for the game
11:13s Starting game development in High School and game genesis
12:40s Releasing a demo and going to showcases
15:08s Steam: gamer community website / platform
20:55s Reaching out to press and gaining notoriety for the game
23:30s Traveling / presenting unreleased game to / at developer conferences
25:50s Being invited to Microsoft’s XBOX live developers conference
27:02s Speaking at GameDevs of Color Expo NYC
29:44s VIP at Fortnite World Cup Finals
34:40s She Dreams Elsewhere release early 2020
38:46s Esports / professional gaming leagues
43:02s Twitch.tv, next generation streaming community
47:51s Dropping out of film school to pursue game development
53:30s Game developers vs Film makers
54:51s Impact of technology and social media
58:03s Learning that it’s ok to be you unapologetically
“Just learn that it’s ok to be you unapologetically, like both whenever you’re showing off work but in the work itself.”
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