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Game scriptwriting expert Edwin McRae for DOC Edge Lab

New Zealand’s video game scriptwriting guru Edwin McRae will present an interactive story workshop for non-fiction filmmakers at Doc Edge Lab 2014 next month.

DOC EDGE LAB is an intensive two-day incubator offering inspiring presentations from international non-fiction transmedia experts that will educate and influence all digital transmedia storytellers.

Edwin McRaePhoto: Alden Williams/Fairfax NZ

Edwin McRae
Photo: Alden Williams/Fairfax NZ

McRae is currently lead narrative designer at Grinding Gear Games which picked up ‘Best PC Game of the Year 2013’ awards from Gamespot and Powerplay PC for Path of Exile.  He started out in 2007 writing for the television industry, working as a script and storyliner for Shortland Street.

He joins keynote speaker Ingrid Kopp, director of digital initiatives at Tribeca Film Institute in the US, and guest speakers John-Paul Marin, executive producer for SBS Online in Australia, and Brenda Leeuwenberg, digital strategist from NZ On Air.

The experts will also offer in-depth case studies of groundbreaking work, round-table project discussions and, for selected project teams, one-on-one mentorship and guidance.

McRae says, “I write scripts, build worlds and design narratives for the Video Game industry. I’m an obsessive advocate for the role of story in video games and do whatever I can to further the maturation of the art of interactive storytelling. I’m becoming extremely interested in the non-fiction space, exploring the power of video games for learning.”

DOC EDGE LAB covers topics including how interactive and multi-platform storytelling is changing the art of documentary cinema, where it’s heading, why and when it’s important for non-fiction filmmakers to consider interactive ideas, how to develop ideas, the power of documentary games and how to reach a global audience.

DOC EDGE LAB 2014 will run 15 – 16 September at AUT, Auckland. Applications close 4pm, Friday 22 August. For information on the application process, go here. Selected participants will be announced on 29 August.

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