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Richard Dansky: Game Writing and Tom Clancy

"Ghost Recon: Future Soldier" Copyright Red Storm Entertainment/UbisoftGhost Recon: Future Soldier” Copyright Red Storm Entertainment/UbisoftThis past October, thriller writer Tom Clancy died at age 66, leaving us a legacy of best-selling novels, film adaptations, and game spinoffs. Even with the novelist’s passing, Richard Dansky will continue that legacy.

Graeme Timmins: Designing 'Aliens: Colonial Marines'

It was one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. When the Gearbox Software announced they were rebooting the Aliens film franchise into a first-person shooter, fans of both the studio’s previous games and the Ridley Scott/James Cameron films were eager to see the game’s H.R. Giger-inspired aesthetic.

Sarah Heyward: Inside the 'Girls' Writers' Room

Years spent mastering the art of character and story pacing combined with an almost freakishly lucky break is how Sarah Heyward landed one of the most coveted writing jobs in Los Angeles. The youngest writer on HBO’s Girls besides show creator Lena Dunham, 29-year-old Heyward graduated from Harvard in 2006 then spent a year in New York as a nanny and interning at The Paris Review lit

Steve Gaynor: Designing 'Gone Home'

Until 2012, Steve Gaynor was best known for his level design work on blockbuster franchises including expansion packs for F.E.A.R., BioShock 2 and it’s expansion, Minerva’s Den, and BioShock Infinite. Then he gave it all up. In his newest creation, Gaynor employs a few classic BioShock techniques like slow-build storytelling and exploratory level design to take players on a decidedly smaller journey.

Craig Jackson: Designing 'Chicago Fire'

Photo by: NBCUniversalPhoto by: NBCUniversalDesigning, constructing, and installing a set in eight days is challenging. Creating several that can withstand on-set fires is a different kind of monster.

Kelsey Porter: Casting Reality TV

NBC's Hollywood Game NightNBC’s Hollywood Game NightKelsey Porter has a degree in government from the University of Texas, Austin, but it was her college connections, not her credentials, that helped her break into casting. A former UT cheerleader, Porter spotted a Craigslist ad from MTV looking for people who had some serious Austin social connections.

State of the Union: Christopher Keyser

Breaking into television, film, and new media writing is undeniably a challenge, but once you’re in, standardized wages, required pension and health coverage, and residuals keep writers in business. Fighting for those benefits is the Writers Guild of America, a union that lobbies for adequate compensation for writers.

Dina Hillier: Developing Network Comedies

Dina Hillier’s career started where her internship with Sony Pictures Television ended … or rather, didn’t end. After interning in the current programming department during her last semester in college, Hillier knew she wanted a job with Sony, so she refused to leave.

When my semester was over, I just kept showing up,” Hillier says. “I just kept coming in and just waited until something opened.”

Ryan Wyatt: Beyond Competitive Gaming

Ryan Wyatt’s life used to be navigating virtual soldiers through enemy territory. Now it’s guiding a crew of five employees through the trenches of extending an online empire into the real world.