We love to highlight the independent projects of our team members. With such a diverse and talented group of people, it is no surprise that creativity extends beyond the walls of our studio.
Today we’re featuring a film by Kenneth Price, How To Sharpen Pencils, with sound mixing by Justin Drust and composition by Francis Dyer.
How To Sharpen Pencils is a practical and theoretical treatise on the artisanal craft of pencil sharpening. The number one #2 pencil sharpener in the world, David Rees takes viewers through the delicate process of sharpening a pencil by hand.
Ana Kessel is 20. She is a talented artist and graduate of Full Sail University, who interned at Insomniac Games over the summer. On November 11th, while riding her scooter, she was hit by an unlicensed, uninsured driver, who then fled the scene.
Now she needs our help.
For those familiar with the Game Development scene in and around Raleigh, it will come as no surprise that the news about Ana has rapidly spread through our community. From monthly social gatherings to IGDA meetings, North Carolina developers are a tight-knit group who take pride in our industry friendships and support our peers.
This community bond is even more apparent when a tragedy occurs. At moments like this, it behooves us all to step up and help out one of our own.
Thankfully, Ana survived the accident, but the trauma she sustained has led to the amputation of her leg. She will need to have multiple additional surgeries and the path to recovery will be long, painful, and expensive.
Because of the nature of the accident and the involved parties’ lack of insurance, Ana’s friends and family have set up a fundraising campaign to help cover her expenses and provide her with a high quality prosthetic. But needless to say these things are not cheap, and the effort needs all the help it can get.
We encourage you to visit the site, learn about Ana, and make a contribution to her recovery.
Update: There are several community auctions running to raise funds for Ana. We’ll continue to update this bottom of this post to include links to active items we know about. Also, if you happen to know about something we’ve missed, mention it in the comments and we’ll get it added.
Autographed Golden Retro-Lancer (ended 11/22/13)
Autographed Retro-Lancer (ended 11/22/13)
Autographed Original Lancer (ended 11/22/13)
Original Insect Portrait Painting (ended 11/23/13)
Autographed GoW2 Comicon Poster (ended 11/23/13)
It’s pronounced MO-vem-ber, and no – that’s not a typo!
Red Storm and our co-workers at Ubisoft studios worldwide take pride in promoting awareness and encouraging charitable giving throughout the year. The month of November is special opportunity for our studio because it marks the annual Movember Foundation campaign, an education and outreach program the studio has participated in for over 5 years.
Movember encourages men to join the movement by growing a moustache for the 30-days of November. These generous Mo Bros start the month clean-shaven, then grow and groom their Mo (slang for moustache), asking friends and family to donate to their efforts. With their new moustaches, these Mo Bros bring much-needed awareness to men’s health issues by prompting conversations wherever they go.
Globally, the funds raised by Mo Bros support world-class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. These programs, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness and research to achieve a vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.
For the duration of the month, members of the studio will be sporting evermore luxurious Mos in support of the cause and eagerly showing them off at the end of the month.
If you feel as passionate about men’s health as we do and would like to show your support for the cause, please consider donating to the Movember Foundation on behalf of the Red Storm Mo Team!
If you’d like to learn more about the Movember Foundation, you can do so here: http://us.movember.com/about