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Electronic Gaming Expert Glenn Entis '76 Discusses Creativity and Technology Change


October 18, 2004

[ Glen Entis ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Glenn Entis, award-winning animation and visual effects pioneer, will lecture as part of the Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series at Ohio Wesleyan University on Thursday, October 28, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Room. Entis will explore "Creativity, Teams and Rapid Change - Riding the Waves in the Videogame Industry," which relates to this year's Colloquium theme on "Dimensions of Creativity."

Currently Vice President with Electronic Arts responsible for new character action game development, Entis will lecture on the creative process teamed with the rapid rate of technological change in the gaming industry. Everything in the computer and video games business changes rapidly. Technology explodes, new video game consoles are introduced, the audience grows, and budgets keep expanding. Is "managing creativity" a contradiction in terms? And if you can "manage creativity," how do you do it while surfing the waves of change that seem to upset all the rules on a regular basis?

Co-founder of Pacific Date Images, Entis received an Academy Award for technical achievement in the concept and architecture of the animation studio's proprietary animation and visual effects system. PDI, which began to develop visual effects systems in 1980 when nothing else existed on the market, has worked on over 800 commercials, music videos, effects for feature films, as well as other projects. In 1994, Entis became the CEO of DreamWorks Interactive where he produced many popular video games. Entis has worked with Electronic Arts since it acquired DreamWorks Interactive and currently lives in Vancouver. A past Chairperson of the Board of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, Entis received a BA in Philosophy and a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan in 1976, before receiving a Masters in Computer Science.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 19th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. More information is available at snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.