Laura Dodds

Laura Dodds

The Chinese Room

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Laura has worked at The Chinese Room for the past five years, most recently as Associate Art Director on Still Wakes The Deep. Previously Head of Art at a VR/AR studio founded by ex-Sony London leadership, where Laura art directed several award-winning indie games including Hold the World with David Attenborough which pioneered the use of volumetric video capture and tech for VR platforms. After working as an animator in children’s book publishing, Laura entered the games industry a decade ago whilst taking a masters at The National Film and Television School and Royal Academy of Arts.

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A Very British Horror Story: The Making of Still Wakes The Deep

2:00pm - 2:45pm
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Join Edge's Alex Spencer and creatives from award-winning UK studio The Chinese Room to discover the story behind critically acclaimed narrative horror Still Wakes The Deep. Daan Hendriks (Audio Director), Laura Dodds (Associate Art Director) and Louis Larsson-De Wet (Project Technical Director) will discuss how The Chinese Room created one of 2024’s most atmospheric thrillers – and why they chose a North Sea oil rig for its setting.

Session Takeaway

  • The opportunities and challenges involved in making such a distinctly British game, building on the studio's previous work in this field.
  • How The Chinese Room researched and cast Still Wakes The Deep to make it authentic to its unique location and period setting.
  • Techniques involved in staging atmosphere, tension and drama in a first-person narrative-driven horror.

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