Career Pathways Field Trip to PocketGems

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On Friday June 2, 2017, the SFCC and 4 Corpsmembers attended a Career Pathways field trip to visit PocketGems, a local San Francisco gaming company. During the field trip CM’s, Charles Jones, Isabelle (Izzy) Aliakbar, Chris Rodriquez and Tyler Pettry, along with SFCC staff members, Tom Holcomb Jr, Career Development Manager and Eric Van, John Muir Charter School, Career Pathways Coach, took a tour of the PocketGems Gaming Company headquarters as well as had a discussion with three artists regarding their work at PocketGems. We had a discussion with a 2D studio artist (Kinman) who had created work for projects such as Sponge Bob SquarePants 3D, the Inside Out, and even Rogue One a Stars Wars Story. In addition to the 2D animated we also heard from a 3D Animator who discussed what it was like to work on projects such as an upcoming unreleased game that will be released later this year. And finally, CM’s heard from Greg a Concept Manager (Art Director) who took them on a journey through the various gaming titles he had helped bring back too life as well as work on some of the titles include; Clash of Clans and Boom Beach. In addition, we took at a look at concept art ideas and were a part of the marketing departments focus group for an up and coming game that is due out later next year. Overall, both Corpsmembers and staff had a blast to see the inner workings of a Gaming Company.

Izzy: “Really cool, I’d like to work here one day!”

Chris: “Eye opening, I appreciate the culture.”

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