Thanks for taking the time to join us again at Moonlighting with Insomniac, We’ll be online to chat on Wednesday, January 28th from 1:30-2:30 PM PT / 4:30-5:30 PM ET. This week is all about writing, specifically – writing in the Games Industry! Why go there? Well, last week we had so many questions pondering the writing world of games that we decided to make a segment about it! I even learned something new when getting help from this week’s guest while answering those questions – that index cards and walls are apparently still useful tools of the trade and that not all game studios have in house writers! Which makes this weeks guest extra special!
For this edition of Moonlighting we are welcoming our writing subject matter expert – Jon Paquette! Jon is Insomniac’s very own Senior Writer based out of the Burbank studio and he’ll be joining us to help you with all of your writing quandaries.
Here’s a few tidbits about Jon:
Jon came to the game business in 1996 as an intern with DreamWorks Interactive. At the time, Jon was working toward his MFA in Screenwriting at USC. After receiving his degree, Jon served as a producer and designer on a variety of DreamWorks games, including Clive Barkers Undying.
He continued to pursue screenwriting, and in 2003 was awarded the Best Comedy Screenplay award at the Austin Film Festival for his screenplay, The Subcandidate.
After DreamWorks Interactive was acquired by Electronic Arts, Jon continued making games in a variety of creative roles in the Medal of Honor series, including both Writer and Creative Director on Medal of Honor Airborne.
Jon is now a writer for Insomniac Games, having recently shipped Sunset Overdrive. He is currently working on a variety of projects.
Now… enough of the formalities. I asked Jon to get us kick started with a statement and his response was very welcoming – “I love talking about game writing, because it’s still such a new profession, with so much yet to explore. I find that when people ask me questions about game writing, I tend to learn more from them than they learn from me. And I like to learn, so ask away!”
Jon is subbing in for Angela who will, sadly, be out for this edition of Moonlighting. So please, take some time to post some questions about writing, Insomniac, or games industry in general to our comments section and Kerri and Jon will get to answering them soon!