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SAGU alumna edits video game documentaryWaxahachie, Texas — June 27, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Shelby (Valdez) Rivera works at Mediajuice Studios in Dallas, Texas. She is currently working as an editor for the upcoming film "Video Games: The Movie."

Rivera says, "I love the process of editing. It is a creative challenge much like a puzzle. There are thousands of pieces (hours of footage) that you have to put together, and the way you put it together can completely change everything. Footage can evoke a wide range of emotions simply by how it is edited."

President and Creative Director of Mediajuice Studios Jeremy Snead says about the film, "'Video Games: The Movie' is a feature-length documentary about not just the history of video games, but where games are now, gamer culture, how games are made, and how an idea becomes a completed game experience. A big goal of mine has been to break down a lot of the misconceptions about gamers and the games industry."

Snead began filming for the "Video Games: The Movie" in February 2012. Rivera says, "We have hundreds of hours of footage and over 90 interviewees so far. Snead has interviewed developers, publishers, writers, designers and every other position essential to the video game industry."

With all of the footage for the film completed, the company has entered the postproduction process. On May 14, 2013, the company began a 35-day Kickstarter fundraiser, with the goal of raising $60,000 for postproduction costs. The original goal of $60,000 was met within ten days. As of Monday, June 24, the total of funds raised was $107,235.

The company will finish the "Video Games: The Movie" by the end of September 2013. Snead intends to enter the film in the Sundance Film Festival held in Park City, Utah, every January.

Rivera is from Houston, Texas. She enrolled at SAGU in Fall 2009 and graduated in Spring 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts with a specialization in digital media arts.

Rivera believes SAGU prepared her for a career in digital media. She says, “The SAGU digital media arts program gave me a taste of every aspect of the industry. I was able to figure out what I was good at and run with it.”

While at SAGU, Rivera participated in sagu.tv and three SAGU student films: “Murdoch,” "To Every Nation" and “Under the Sun.” As an embedded journalist for "To Every Nation," Rivera traveled to the Bahamas, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Colombia during Summer 2011 to film mission trips, conduct interviews, and do photography prep and stand-up narration. Rivera co-produced “Under the Sun” with SAGU student Josh Freethy.

Rivera began interning at Mediajuice Studios in February 2012 as a SAGU senior. Snead asked Rivera to continue working for the company after her internship was completed.

Rivera met her husband Matt Rivera while attending SAGU. They were married Jan. 5, 2013.

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