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Saturday May 06
Movies and Videogames: Convergence or Collision?
Jordan Mechner, Independent screenwriter, filmmaker and game designer

While the game industry devotes increasing resources to videogame adaptations of movies and TV shows, Hollywood is returning the favor by turning games into movies. When two art forms converge, what makes the difference between a harmonious marriage and a train wreck? Screenwriter, filmmaker and game designer Jordan Mechner discusses the challenges of adapting his game Prince of Persia into a feature film.

Videogame creator Jordan Mechner's titles, including "Karateka", "Prince of Persia", and "The Last Express", have sold millions of copies and received worldwide critical acclaim. He is the writer and game designer of Ubisoft's award-winning "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time", which successfully relaunched the franchise he created over a decade earlier. Mechner's screenwriting and film directing credits include the award-winning short documentary "Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story", scored by Ry Cooder. Mechner received his B.A. from Yale University.

Jordan Mechner
Independent screenwriter, filmmaker and game designer

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