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Elizabeth Boylan's Blog


Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Big Top Ballet, Inc. based out of Whistler, BC.

Big Top Ballet is a boutique game studio working on a series of insanely beautiful woonder driven games. Elizabeth handles all art, artistic direction and game design.

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I was so excited about Oculus Rift. As of the past couple weeks there are a slew of VR Headsets announced by Valve, Sony, Microsoft. I was so excited about the possibilities until I actually tried the headset. I didn't want to even admit it to myself but

Posted by Elizabeth Boylan on Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:10:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Production, Art, Serious, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet
'Know them for their fruits.' This has been my guiding principle in judging what is worth doing and not doing. As an artist and a mom, I have fallen in love with the opportunity of indie game development, yet 5 years later I witness too many kids

Posted by Elizabeth Boylan on Thu, 02 May 2013 07:10:00 EDT in Design, Indie
If I've gained all this new freedom to create and release a video game in my own voice, I'm not about to compromise artistic integrity as a woman and indie game developer by designing burkas for 'paper ballerinas' to appease the Middle East.

Posted by Elizabeth Boylan on Sat, 25 Aug 2012 12:34:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
Why are so many independent developers and artists continuing on this path while the industry is reflecting a financial collapse? I can't help but consider game development for mobile as an irrational pursuit that will lead to a second wave renaissance..

Posted by Elizabeth Boylan on Sun, 15 Jul 2012 05:12:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Smartphone/Tablet
We're in a period of overall technology disruption. In history, whenever this paradigm occurs better capitalized players can undercut weak holders in the industry and then dominate the market by exhausting the resources of the competition.

Posted by Elizabeth Boylan on Tue, 05 Jun 2012 11:32:00 EDT in Production, Indie
Crowdfunding has become quite a buzz since the JOBS Act was signed into law this past Spring. One of the biggest benefits of Crowdfunding can be pre-release marketing of your independent game title and of course much needed development or marketing funds.

Elizabeth Boylan's Comments

Comment In: [News - 03/25/2015 - 05:00]

Advice to Indies. If you ...

Advice to Indies. If you 're consulting on the side programming or custom game development , avoid project bids for fixed deliverables, instead bill for your time.

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My opinion is the technology ...

My opinion is the technology of VR has the potential of rewiring brain neurons in a very significant way and so unlike a book or movie, it isn 't for a chosen or limited time span. Overuse of VR technology will impact how that person experiences genuine intimacy and connection. ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/26/2015 - 02:10]

Art changes the minds of ...

Art changes the minds of the activist, scientist and the politician. r n r nRead Frances Stonor Saunders, book titled, The CIA and The World of Art and Letters. r n r nAnd to quote Picasso, 'No, painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war. ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/25/2015 - 01:15]

Awesome Bonus at 50 as ...

Awesome Bonus at 50 as a woman, no one 's going to challenge you about Maternity Leave right

Comment In: [Blog - 02/02/2015 - 01:21]

Congratulations Nick on your successful ...

Congratulations Nick on your successful switch from Indie to CEO Thanks for sharing high value wisdom. For Number 0- I 'd like to add a book recommendation 'The War of Art ' by Steven Pressfield. The resistance in not shipping early enough or ever. And for all new CEO 's ...

Comment In: [News - 05/06/2014 - 03:43]

More interesting, is how game ...

More interesting, is how game development can be used to enhance the creativity of the more square type programmers who are conditioned to program in a flat linear manner.