Meet the Developers – Lara Bendoris

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Jun
23

Meet the Developers – Lara Bendoris

An Animator at Extra Mile, Lara is also a life long gamer. She even has the ultimate gaming name!

What have you been working on most recently in Shred It!?

Lara: I’ve mainly been working on character animations. Most recently I’ve been animating our dog and girl characters.

How did you get into video game development?

Lara: I come from a traditional 2D animation background, and I must confess – I hadn’t originally considered a career in video game development. After I left Art School I decided to do a post grad at Glasgow Caledonian University learning 3D software. I had some really great mentors at the uni who gave me so much support. Everything sort of fell into place from there!

My little desk toy collection

My desk toy collection

 

What are your favourite games?

Lara: I love all the popular open world games such as the Assassins Creed series and Grand Theft Auto, however, I still have a soft spot for the good old fashioned Amiga games of my childhood. I lost whole summers trying to beat Monkey Island, and Super Frog!

 

 

 

Which game element do you enjoy working on most?

Lara: I love love love animating. There is something so magical about making a character come to life and seeing them move about on screen.

You must be getting pretty good at Shred It! after all these months of playing it. Have you got a decent high-score?

Lara: I’ve mostly been playing Shred It! to test my animations so I don’t have a decent score as of yet! I’ll need to get practicing if I want to be good enough to beat Patrick!

How are your real life snowboarding skills?

Lara: I’ve never tried snowboarding so I have absolutely zero skills. I can’t imagine I’d be very good either – I have the coordination skills of a drunken baby giraffe. Of course, now I can play out my snowboarding fantasies from the safety and warmth of my sofa, thanks to Shred It! 😉

Rats

 

When you’re not making or playing games what else do you like to do?

Lara: I’ve recently adopted three rambunctious baby rats. They’re called Meemer, Mooshie and Muffin and they’re my little furbabies. I’m officially the ‘Mad Rat Lady’ of the office!

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