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Creating dialogue for video game characters

  • Ryen Cunningham ’19
August 31, 2018

My name is Ryen Cunningham ’19 and I am a communications and Great Ideas double major with a minor in Spanish from Illinois. I am currently a post-production editor at People’s Culture. It is a remote job, so I mostly work at home.

So far, I am in the middle of creating dialogue trees for characters in an upcoming videogame-documentary. These dialogue trees are the skeletons of every kind of conversation that the player will have with the non-playable characters in the game. Soon, I will also be working on editing the audio from interviews to fit the dialogue in the trees that I have created. I think doing most of the backbone work has taken a load off of my supervisors.

Since starting the internship, my expectations were based on how documentaries were presented to me through mainstream television. That being said, the things that I am working on right now are things that I never thought would ever be part of a documentary production. I was fairly certain that I would be making films and not videogames. This internship has opened my eyes to a vast amount of possibilities of forms that narratives can take.

Things that I have learned from the routine parts of the internship was that even though what I may be doing may not be what I thought I would be doing, I have become more efficient at adjusting and organizing than before.

Working with this organization, I have contributed to constructing a world with which people can enter and interact without fear.

Links to the story of the project can be found here:

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Ryen Cunningham ’19