Sack it to Me: The “3 Letter” Edition – LBP, IFC and GDC!

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This week’s Sack it to Me post is full of interesting flicks, crowns, and LBP invading the Game Developers Conference. Check out some of the details below.

LittleBigPlanet - Short Film banner

Inspired by LBP’s motto of PLAY, CREATE, SHARE, filmmakers got their cameras out and shot short films for a chance at great cash prizes and to be on the Independent Film Channel. The winning films of the Play. Create. Share. Short Film Challenge range from fun paper craft worlds to animated line drawings to morphing clay sculptures – all of them extremely creative in their own fashion and true to the spirit of LBP. Check out the final nominees and winners here.


Next week (3/25-3/27) the Game Developers Conference and LBP are partnering up for a great show. It was two years ago @ GDC when we announced LittleBigPlanet to the world. And since the theme of the SCEA booth this year is “Opportunity and Community,” we plan to dedicate two PS3 Kiosks to LittleBigPlanet.

The first Kiosk will be a “GDC CREATE jam-session,” an open area to showcase the “CREATE” talents of the GDC attendees. LBP fans, game developers and aspiring industry professionals can get together and create an LBP level. We are excited to see what happens when so many creative industry folks drop by and contribute. When the level is done and polished, we will post levels from each day for users at home to download and play.

The second Kiosk is reserved for very unique presentations – “Level by…me,” which will showcase a LittleBigPlanet level creator. During the day, they will discuss their personal game design technique and experiences as an aspiring developer. If you’re around, drop by (schedule below).

  • Topic 1 – Getting Started
    Presenter: Chris Yeoh (PSN: Yeohman)

    You’ve got a story in your head – and you want to share it with other LittleBigPlanet creators and players. Learn how one novice level creator translated his inspiration into gameplay in LBP.

    Wednesday, March 25 – 2:30-3:30
    Thursday, March 26 – 11:30-12:30

  • Topic 2 – Creative Infusion
    Presenter: Isaac Epp (PSN: Jutaro)

    LittleBigPlanet is full of tools and gadgets that inspire the imagination and help creators up the creativity quotient in their levels – see how this level developer takes a creative approach to designing compelling levels.

    Wednesday, March 25 – 11:30-12:30
    Thursday, March 26 – 1:00-2:00
    Friday, March 27 – 1:00-2:00

  • Topic 3 – Technical Tips
    Presenter: Charles Cheung (PSN: Snowflakecat)

    The technical capabilities of the design tools in LittleBigPlanet can be used in a virtually limitless number of ways and shared across the community. Hear how this level creator leverages those capabilities to enable more dynamic and challenging playing experiences.

    Wednesday, March 25 – 1:00-2:00
    Thursday, March 26 – 2:30-3:30
    Friday, March 27 – 11:30-12:30

Mm Podcast
Listen to Media Molecule cofounder and creative director Mark Healy as he talks about LBP design decisions, the recent BAFTA awards, and some of their favorite LBP community levels!

Speaking of Podcasts, we’ve noticed these LBP fans started posting fun review podcasts. Now that they’ve reached their 12th episode, more and more people in the office have subscribed and enjoyed. So, for being super supportive of the game from the start, we’ve decided to give them some LBP “Crownage.” Check out some of their episodes and the levels they feature – one of them might be yours! To Daniel and Austin, we appreciate the support. Keep the episodes coming and be sure to check your inbox.

And over on LittleBigWorkshop, we wanted to start recognize a handful of contributors that have been extremely influential within the LBP community with video workshop submissions that both show off creativity and share their level building techniques.

  • JRGC17 – Love the Evolution of Dance remake!
  • DEFCON01 – Keep up all the tutorials, even the weird and bouncy ones.
  • ChilledChaoz – Love the variety of videos, especially the tutorials.
  • feendit – Cool working combination lock!
  • Reinheart – Love the day/night tutorial!

Also we’ve had workshops from the below CREATORS featured on our site for a while, as a sign of thanks, you’ve been CROWNED too!

We’ll be on the look out in the community for the next round of crowns. (BTW, still working out final details for the next LittleBigChallenge…including Canada. Announcements soon)

DLC Reminders
Don’t forget, it’s not too late to bring the luck of the Irish to your LBP level – the St. Patrick’s Day costume expires on 3/24 next week.

LittleBigPlanet Add-On - St. Patty's Day Costume

And FINALLY, Killzone Fans unite! The KZ Mini-Pack is on sale now on the Store!

LittleBigPlanet Killzone minipack

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