Speaker: Flint Dille, Google
Time: Wednesday, September 3 , 4-6pm
Location: USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Interactive Media Building(SCI), Room 206
Flint has been described by a number of titles: Transmediologist, World builder, ARGonaut, Gameifyer, Narrative alchemist and sometimes simply writer and game designer…
He is currently creative lead on Google’s Ingress geo-mobile Alternate Reality Game, authoring Social Storm for DARPA and world-building at DreamWorks Animation as well as co-writing Primacy, the third installment of the Autocracy graphic novel trilogy from IDW. Flint’s career started by turning toys into TV Shows with G1 Transformers (and Movie) G.I. Joe, Inhumanoids and Visionaries. He has designed games with Gary Gygax and written movies for Steven Spielberg. Flint has sold game design documents as feature films twice (Venom: Dimension 2006) and Agent In Place (Lionsgate 2010). He created the ‘Comics Module’ for TSR, a comic book that contained both role-playing and tabletop gaming content way before Transmedia. His Agent 13 novels, are in feature film development. Flint directed the Interactive Movie Terror T.R.A.X., which became a television pilot for Fox as well as Dragonstrike, one of the first hybrid film projects.
Flint’s graphic novel for Diablo III, The Book of Cain charted on the NYT, and his digital Transformers Comic, Autocracy was 2012’s best-selling digital-only comic.
Flint has, himself, become a fictional character. Frank Miller immortalized him as Dillios (Spartan-ization of Dille), the narrator in 300. Gary Gygax made him a Barbarian named ‘Chert’ (in geology a low grade of flint), Thomas Greanias based the treacherous international rogue Abdil on Flint. And nobody knows whether Flint from G.I. Joe was named for Flint, but Mr. Dille certainly elevated the Warrant Officer’s career.
Deemed by the Writer’s Guild of America, the most published Game Writer in the World, Flint has twice won ‘Game Script of the Year’ (Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (with JZP) and Dead to Rights and was nominated for Ghostbusters and Dark Athena. He has multiple platinum titles and has worked on crown jewel franchises including James Bond, Mission: Impossible, Tiny Toons, Batman: Rise of Sin Tsu (Guiness Book of Videogame Records for creating the first Batman villain outside of the comics) and also adapted as a novel, Superman, Dungeons & Dragons, Teen Titans and Scooby-Doo.
He has a degree in Ancient History from U.C. Berkeley and an MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and has taught a class on Alternate Reality Games at UCLA film school. His follow up book to The Ultimate Guide to Video Game Writing and Design is tentatively titled THE BLUR. In 2013, documentarian Bob Bryan made a documentary about Flint Dille entitled Gaming Our Reality (Available on Amazon, previews on YouTube).