Bandai Namco Entertainment has just released the horror game Little Nightmares. If you were one of those kids who grew up with Tim Burton’s films, now is your chance to relive the dream. Or should I say nightmare? The game is about a young hooded girl who tries to escape from a catering facility while struggling with starvation. Sounds eerie, but for most players the experience is quite pleasant. The combination of macabre characters and constant danger with cinematic lighting and exceptional concept art is a breakthrough for the genre as Little Nightmares builds horror using pretty visuals. Feeling confused? Check out the trailer below.
I’ve only been to the UK for about one month, and there’s a lot I can already say. Firstly, McDonald’s tastes a lot better in here. Secondly, who would know people would be so nice? Maybe my expectations were low because the British are known for being cynical and traditional, or maybe that’s just a stereotype, and they are actually cool people with a good taste for music.
I can say I’ve always associated work with pressure, and tension. There’s a lot of competition, formality and little space for mistakes. As soon as I stepped at WTF on my first day, those things were all real. They are competitive, professional, and efficient, but with a twist: imagine a team with all those qualities. Now imagine it with some 70’s tunes playing in the background, and with people communicating using a mixture of jokes and insults while still making fantastic work. That’s what I’m trying to say. It’s challenging, but it’s also fulfilling. It’s work, but it’s also play. I guess that’s how I would describe my experience in the UK so far: lots of fun and self-improvement.
I’m often asked how I adapted so fast, after all I’m pretty far from home. Of course, there are things I miss from America. I miss Boston’s 0°C ~ -15°C weather (yes, I love the cold). I also miss diner food. Eggs, toast and potatoes are my guilty pleasure. Lastly and probably not least, I do miss my friends. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs together and I miss them sometimes.
Luckily, it’s easier to cope with that gap when London has so many things to offer. The night scene, for example, is fantastic. There’s always something new to see or new people to meet, people of all ages. I’ve always wondered if they had any meetings to attend the next day, they all seem to have important jobs, and busy lives. Well, I guess the one rule here is ‘grow up, but never get old’. Can we also talk about the food? I’ll never forget Pret’s crazy avocado and cheese toast. Who would think those two could go so well together? They actually taste better that way. Same thing with working and playing, with loving and insulting and with growing up and being young. That’s what I love about being in the UK and interning at WTF. It’s all about combining the ordinary and tasting something completely new.
As an American college student interning at WTF, there’s a lot that’s different between me and the people here. I had never stepped foot in Europe before this year. My photoshop skills are nowhere near professional. What I call chips, they call crisps, and what they call chips, I call fries.
But we all love Game of Thrones, so we have that in common.
So many college students study abroad, it’s practically a cliche. But how many of them get to spend their weeks at a boutique design studio that’s producing work for HBO, Warner Bros and other giants in the entertainment industry?
And I’ve already learned a lot here. I don’t want to dismiss the technical skills I’ve picked up here, like figuring out how to actually use a layer mask in Photoshop, but my main takeaways have been more cultural. My transitions from American to English culture, and from academia to professionalism, were sharp and sudden. Figuring out how British humor works has been as much of a challenge as my actual work here.
So without further adieu, here’s a collection of small lists, by an American student interning at WTF:
Things I miss about America:
- Good bagels
- Black coffee
Things I don’t miss:
- Boston’s shameful public transportation
- Snow storms and below-freezing weather
- Our political...situation
Things I like about here:
- Living in the neighborhood of actual royalty (my dorm in South Kensington is probably the nicest place I’ll ever live)
- Working at WTF and pretending like I know how to use Photoshop
- Embracing a new culture, a new office, and a new opportunity to challenge and push myself.
Yule Log 2.0 is a collection of short films and animations from various artists all over the world. Described as the "animation community's gift to the internet" its a project that also raises funds for the Camp Interactive in New York, where they help kids learn code and canoe. Over 100 applications, whittled down to 50 unique pieces with Christmas Yule Log as the focus. It's a great project with a good cause. Check our favourites below and the whole project here.
The studio that brought us Box Trolls and Paranorman; LAIKA films have done it again! Kubo and the Two Strings is a stop motion animated feature film about the adventures of Japanese boy who is armed with a magical instrument which allows him bring origami characters to life. This behind the scenes time lapse is completely mesmerising. Also watch the trailer below too. Enjoy