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Shape and Shadow: Creating Horror in the 'Callisto Protocol'

Demetrius Leal  (Art Director, Striking Distance Studios)

Atsushi Seo  (Lighting Director, Striking Distance Studios)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: Intermediate

In this presentation, we will examine the development of the art and lighting of The Callisto Protocol in the context of Striking Distance Studio's horror engineering framework ( i.e., Atmosphere, Brutality, Tension, Helplessness, and Humanity ). It will cover the methodology and elements we used to create a realistic and cinematographic immersive experience to terrify the player. We will give examples of ideation, concept, and the integration of art assets in gameplay and cinematics. The audience should leave with an example of how the Striking Distance art department's planning and workflow created a new horror experience.


The key takeaway for audience members is how the art pipeline and workflows can be used as a tool for creating solutions efficiently. In this case, we used art to create a solution for horror.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended for both artists and designers. The subject matter will expose artists to the art workflow at Striking Distance and will increase awareness to help designers better collaborate with their art departments.