Thursday, March 24, 2016

What’s Going on in Justin Lassen’s World?–GDC 2016 featurette/interview!

Short interview with Justin Lassen live at GDC 2016 in San Francisco, CA!

From Intel Corporation:

“Justin Lassen takes some time out of his crazy schedule at GDC 2016 to let us know what he's got going on! Justin is showing off a game called Shattered Might in the Indie Games area. Justin created the soundtrack using a tool called Stagelight.”

”Justin talks a little bit about why Intel RealSense Technology is exciting to him, and about Intel 750 Series SSDs.”

”Keep an eye out for his new album and his new sound library which are all being release soon.”

Check out Justin Lassen's site: http://bit.ly/1ZuwGPF
Listen to Justin's music: http://bit.ly/1Rm1Sxv

Monday, March 21, 2016

Justin Lassen invited as VIP to SVCC (Silicon Valley Comic Con) 2016!

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Thanks to my friends Shannon and Vincent Brisbois I was invited to partake the first-annual SVCC 2016! This Comic Con is a first for Silicon Valley and ties technology and pop culture together! The namesake for the show is none-other-than Steve Wozniak (The Woz) and Stan Lee (from Comikazi fame, of which I was also a special guest for in the past!)

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Woz was amazing to talk to, and just be around. He’s really a special man that has devoted his life to making the world a better place. The way he talks about things gives me goosebumps and I’m honored that I got be a part of this show!

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I also finally got to meet one of my artist heroes in person, Sze Jones! You don’t know it but you’ve seen her work in tons of hit video games and short films. Everything from Uncharted to Assassin’s Creed to her own beautiful brand of artistic creations… including these amazing Bunny rings, and you know I dig bunnies!

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She designed those, 3D printed them, hand-painted them with love and careful attention to detail. This was the caliber of artists that the SVCC show attracted for the first year!

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Hanging out with Tim Miller, the director of “Deadpool” (movie)! This guy is awesome to hang with, so are all his crew from Blur Studios!

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Breakfast each morning with the Blur Studios crew! And dinner each night! Awesome!

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Yums with the Blur people!

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My brother, my friend, my family, Vincent Brisbois and I hanging out with a creature from Dark Crystal! So many stellar costumes at this years inaugural SVCC!

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Awesome costumes!!!!

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Speaking of awesome costumes and awesome people, I met this amazing lady Sara Grande at the VIP party, she actually changed up her costume each day at the show! We talked about planning a Disney trip and hanging out again! I recently saw that she also had some nice meetings with Woz!

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This my buddy Tom Juliano! He’s #oneofus #oneofthegoodguys #islandpeople Thanks Vincent for introducing us! We got to hang out for the entire show!

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Proper selfie with Tom Juliano (Head of Projection / Project Manager, Cirque Du Soleil).

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When the lines were longer than expected, the CEO of SVCC, went out to the store and got water for everyone waiting in the line and handed it out himself! Trip Hunter you are a super hero!

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Beautiful signage and artwork!

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Hanging out backstage with the crew! Woz and his wife getting ready to go on stage!

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The crew (Blur and gang) hanging with Sze Jones at her amazing booth!

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My buddy (Vincent’s) niece drawing at the Wacom booth area at the show!

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fantastic artist, in fact Sze Jones spoke very highly of her artwork and skill. (which is one of the biggest compliments ever.)

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A beautiful Sze Jones artwork for Vincent’s niece!

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Security before cutting the ribbon ceremony at the beginning of the show (this is backstage before walking out to the public)

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Awesome hotel view at night in SJ!

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Retro chair at the convention center~

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Jose Sanchez, (Electric Playground host) was also moderating some of the panels at the show. This is us hanging backstage. We both know Tommy Tallarico so it was cool to snap a pic with him and chat a little bit!

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Here he is with Michael J. Fox!

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Awesome lady, awesome mom! Julie Hunter! (Trip’s wife!) Thank you guys for having me as a guest!

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Trip hanging with Tim Miller!

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Woz talking future stuff with Lucky Palmer (oculus).

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Blurry shot (typical phone picture at a comic con), anyway, that’s the cast of Back to the Future!

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My friend, my fellow traveler and one hell of an amazing artist and writer! Shannon Eric Denton, I love that we met so many years ago and I look up to your work and your dedication to it. You are a role model.

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I produced the official DJPON3 remix album for “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” for Hasbro Studios which went to #1 for 2 weeks in sales charts (and was also released on gorgeous vinyl from Lakeshore Records! It was an honor to meet Tony Fleecs (he does the My Little Pony comicbook series!)

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An episode of Robot Chicken being created, or atleast them showing the process of how that stuff is animated, was really cool to watch!

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Packed hall!

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Celebrity row. I agreed to help SVCC cater to and help the various celebrities with my friends Vincent and Tom. If they needed water we brought them water, if they needed to be escorted back to the green room we did that too. We were their lifeline. I wish I could have gotten more pictures of the various celebrities we got to talk to. There were tons, and no pics sadly. I even had an awesome conversation about my grandpa and long life and creativity with Lea Thompson (Back to the future).

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I was primarily assigned to Christopher Lloyd! :) What a cool guy!!!

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Back to the Future panel! Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd were amazing at this panel!

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Super packed audience too!

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Stan Lee being his amazing damn self! What a treasure he is to the entire world. A god damn treasure!

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Humble as hell, funny and just a pleasure to hear him answer questions for the audience!

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My brother Vincent showing off the Deadpool mask at the Deadpool/Blur Studios panel!

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Blur showing off videos, answering questions and talking about Deadpool!

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Their trailer was awesome. We even talked about me doing music for Blur Studios for future projects. Honored!

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Packed Blur panel audience, in fact it was so packed we could have done 3 separate Blur sessions! The line was out the door!

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Vincent showing off the Deadpool mask to the back of the room!

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Tim Miller signing things for the audience!

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Tim Miller signing deadpool toys and live-streaming his signing backstage!

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Matt Corcoran, he shared a booth with Sze Jones and he created that cool guy with the sword in the background of us!!

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Eel Nats backstage! :)

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I wish I had more photos with all the amazing people I got to hang with, I wish I could tell you all the celebrities I got to meet but without pictures I’m not even sure its worth it. Thanks again to Rick, Trip, Vincent, Shannon (especially) for inviting me to this event! I was brought in early many months before the event to help plan and find sponsors and things. If it wasn’t for all of you I wouldn’t have had such an amazing time. If anyone has more pics of me, let me know so I can update this blog! Otherwise, I think you get a pretty good idea of how it went!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Justin Lassen at GDC 2016 in San Francisco!

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Once again after over a decade of attending the Game Developer Conferences over the years, I’m back again! I count myself fortunate and honored to have met and befriended some of the greatest game developers of all time. The ladies and gentlemen responsible for all of our favorite games. I also goto E3 each year, however I think the conversations at GDC feel deeper and more inspired. GDC as we have all realized as fellow game developers feels like a giant family reunion for all of us.

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I saw this bag and thats when you just knew it was GDC. I consider Fallout 4 a “game of the year” for sure (atleast for me!)

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I am representing Nihil Studios again at another conference! (Usually I am a VIP for either Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Intel, or many of the other companies I work with.)

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Me and Wendy from Intel! Intel took over the 2 overhang areas at the entrance of the conference!

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Here I am checking out the “New” Razer Blade (2016) and the Razercore, which you can put a graphics card and with Intel Thunderbolt 3, you can use the power of the core to run your games. Although the machine has a nice 970m anyway!

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Khoi (Intel) showing me the eye-tracking demo he put together with the game “The Division” and it was so neat to aim and move around with my eyeballs as a controller!

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I was told by Bob Duffy (Intel) that this man is my twin. Really amazing developer. He showed us some demos I can’t really talk about unfortunately. But let’s just say, wow… the future is in his hands.

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My long time Intel friend and collaborator (Josh Bancroft), I wouldn’t be where I am today without this man.

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I can never forget Arti Gupta (Intel), she did amazing interviews with me in the past when I worked with her team. One of the brightest people Intel has.

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My buddies who created Substance (Alleogorithmic) are now a world-wide success and in almost every engine in the world today. I remember when it was just a dream. :) Seb, Dr. DeGuy, you are the man.

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My new friends at Nvidia! Brandon and Brandon! The future is bright for us!

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Check out this Maingear custom PC Intel was showing off!

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And here it is ladies and gentlemen, the 750 series SSD and PCI SSD drives! Instantawesome!

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Peach (fellow Intel Innovator) showing off her code and skills at GDC this year. I didn’t realize we lived in the same state until this trip!

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Being interviewed by Intel TV for a video on their channel!

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Love these guys, they are so much fun to work with over the years!

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I was invited to a VIP Microsoft party, not from Microsoft, but from my hungarian sister and amazing friend and musician/singer Ameria!

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From left to right (Saint Clair), Ameria (middle).

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She’s an example of an artist/musician that became a DJ and actually learned the craft properly. She’s not just pushing buttons, this girl can really do the real thing! I’m so proud of her and so lucky I get to know her!

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We performed at CES one year with our fellow friend Lindsay Cuff!

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I was there pretty much only to say hi to Ameria and had to leave after that.

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I ran into another friend Jessica Alba! Well, not in person, but saw her up on a cool billboard! Jessica is an inspiration to me, as an example of someone who makes it happen. Reminds me of myself and truly a creative sister!

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What an honor, my friend Renee introduced me to Trent Oster! A legend in his own right.

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What can I say, seriously? We see eachother around the world at different shows, conferences and events. She’s done art for several of my releases and we are just beginning. I am lucky that I know one of the best photographer/painters in the world. Her work is beyond imagination and unlimitedly inspiring.

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Rabbits! (That’s the Ikea Rabbit)

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This software is cool because it uses the Intel Real-sense camera and captures 3D objects into the computer as 3D objects that you can move around!

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Mike and Jerry from Intel and Renee from Wonderland! Smile

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One of my mentors from the past. DDT Forever. :)

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Invited up to the new Razer HQ in SF!

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I also ran into Khoi while I was there!!

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Creative and Music Director for Razer, this is my friend Jermaine who has been amazing to me. He runs an amazing operation there and I feel so honored to have officially partnered with Razer as a sponsor!

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Me with Renee and Jermaine at the big logo in the lobby area of Razer HQ!

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Me getting my face scanned into as a 3D object to stick on a character in Fallout 4!

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Intel brought me to meet the team at Tobii (creators of the eye tracking technology in Khoi’s demo) and we discussed coming up with some musical applications for eye-control. Stay tuned.

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Here’s the one place I can’t really show too many pics of. It’s an insider party that has all the top talent but they don’t advertise this party. So it feels a bit secret society-ish. :)

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My pal Dan Boutros. We’ve worked on a bunch of games together, even some at Skybound (creators of Walking Dead, etc.)

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Me and Gregory! CEO of Interdimensional Games!

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Esoteric shot from inside the party. This giant door was a table! #eyeswideopen

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Speaking of… I was invited by Christopher Coppola to check out Francis Ford Coppolas underground basement studio below a restaurant in SF.

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Super delicious pizza, I might add!

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My tour guide, friend and assistant to Mr. Coppola. The one and only Nona Haydon!

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Lorna!!! I love working with this woman! One of the most epic collaborators in events, production and putting it all together.

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We have seen eachother at a ton of Intel events around the world and we finally got a proper picture together. World meet Lisa Gemme!

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Jerry thank you for making me shine every year!

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Always nice to find bunnies!

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My video game composer manager Jayson! Thank for all that you do for me man! It’s an honor to be in your roster!

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Alexis (left), Seb (center) and Justin (me). Super power team. We discussed me doing some musical stuff for Allegorthmic for upcoming events and projects! Exciting!

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Train down to San Jose for SVCC… next…

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Rocking my noise cancelling Samson headphones. :)

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More importantly I want to represent Shattered Might, the game I am scoring! It’s a platformer style game created by SF based company Livid Interactive. I met them when they worked on the Real-Sense game (intel) Head of the Order (which was at over 80 locations of Best Buy!)

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Me with one of the Studio producers at Helios/Livid (Michael)!

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Melissa (art director) and Jacob (programmer).

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Bob (Intel) checking out the game with Melissa (art director)

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Hooked up to a big touch screen display and PS4 controller!

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An exciting year of development ahead of us all! 2016 is amazing!

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Bunny!

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No matter what, you can’t look cool in Microsoft HoloLens. :)

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Went to Helios/Livid in SF to catch up with the team and producers on the projects we’re working on!

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The square (daytime)

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The square (nighttime)

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Eating at one of my favorite places in SF. Cheesecake Factory!

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Cool seating at the restaurant!