Talk: Insomniac Games' Chad Dezern to Speak Tuesday, 11/15 @ 6pm in 1231 EB2

Insomniac Games is known for Ratchet and Clank.

Here's the abstract: 

Every project starts with big ideas and limitless optimism. Reality sets in during production; deadlines force scope changes, and great ideas end up on the cutting room floor. This presentation is about harnessing the excitement of the initial brainstorm. It’s about learning when to push, when to let go, and what to do to get as many great ideas as possible into a shipped game.

From: Ken Tate <>

CSC Students, Faculty & Staff,

The NC State Department of Computer Science is very pleased to have Chad Dezern, NC Studio Director of Insomniac Games (creators of the Ratchet & Clank franchise), join us as the next featured speaker in the Fidelity Investments "Leadership in Technology" Executive Speakers Series on Tuesday, November 15th at 6 pm in Room 1231 EB2

The title of his talk is "The Care and Feeding of Ideas" and an abstract is provided below. 

The talk is free and open to the public, and ample free parking is available after 5 pm.  Speaker bio and additional information available on the series web page

Note to CSC Graduate Students - These lectures have been approved by the CSC Graduate Oversight Committee to count toward the required lectures for graduate students.

Note to CSC Undergraduates - Several of our professors and lecturers provide extra credit for attending the FI series talks; be sure to ask! I will be located down front after the talk to sign off on any required paperwork!

*****In addition, Julie Hentila of Fidelity Investment plans to be on hand before the talk (around 5:15 pm) 
to speak with students about career opportunities! (intern & fulltime new grad hires)***** 

Chad Dezern is the Studio Director at Insomniac Games’ studio in Durham, North Carolina. He oversees all aspects of creative development and content creation, most recently for Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. Chad started in the games industry in 1995 as a production artist. He joined Insomniac in 1998. Chad was the Art Director for Resistance 2, Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty, and Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. He was the Environment Art Director for Resistance: Fall of Man and Ratchet: Deadlocked. Before that he contributed production art to the Ratchet & Clank and Spryo the Dragon series. Chad serves on the Board of Directors for the Triangle Games Initiative and on the Advisory Board for North Carolina State’s Digital Games Research Center. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1994 with a B.F.A. in illustration.

This is our 3rd and final Fidelity Investments talk of the fall.  We hope you will be able to join us.


Ken Tate
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Benjamin Watson
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