Ian Holstead

Ian Holstead

I am a computer engineering student at the University of Waterloo. I grew up in Ottawa and went to Bishop Hamilton Montessori School and Colonel By Secondary School; I took a year off to competitively cross country ski before heading off to university. I enjoy exercising; cross country skiing, running and biking as physical activities as well as programming, gaming and puzzles.

FAQ

What do you do in your spare time?
When I have the chance I enjoy playing video games, getting out to exercise, photography, traveling, programming and socializing with my friends.
Tell my about your film making.
I do semi-professional video making (like Kickstarter videos) as a hobby, you can check out some of my stuff here. I really like putting together all aspects of the video and learning more about it in the process. I also love folding what I've learned film making into my other work (like game design).
Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
Lets find out!. In all seriousness, I'm still figuring it out, I'm currently hoping to have a career in game development contributing to either a really meaningful game (like Life is Strange) or a really fun game (like Borderlands 2). I haven't figured whether I want to try an walk the AAA studio route, the indie route or somewhere in the middle, we'll see!
What’s your favorite games?
Oh man, lets go. The hall of fame includes Life is Strange, Legend of Zelda: the Windwaker, Borderlands 2, Portal 2, Gone Home and Bioshock Infinte. Runners up include Transistor, Sanctum 2, Super Mario Galaxy (1&2), Super Smash Bros Melee, Tomb Raider, Battleborn, Legned of Zelda: Skyward Sword, etc.
What’s your favorite book(s)?
I am a huge fan of the inheritance cycle (specifically Inheritance) but I also thoroughly enjoyed the entire Harry Potter series (Half Blood Prince was the best of the series).
What’s your favorite movie(s)?
I was completely blown away when I saw Avatar for the first time; and the next 10 times after that. All and all a great movie. More recently I found myself loving Frozen (the Disney movie). Also on this list: all Lord of the Rings movies, How to Train your Dragon, Inception, Big Hero 6, Apollo 13 and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Tell me something cool!
I carried the Olympic torch for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics! (In Ottawa)
Why?
.* or 42, whichever you prefer
What is the averaged airspeed of an unladen swallow?
African or European? 11 m/s if European but there is insufficient data to know for certain about African swallows (even if you specified which of the 47 species you wanted to know about).
What is your favorite colour?
Black! And for those hooligans which argue black isn’t a colour: anything in the blue-black spectrum is good.
Would you like to be famous?
Excellent question, I'm actually pretty indifferent to being famous. There are a lot of things I would like to do in life and whether or not they made me famous has nothing to do with why I want to do them so if I achieve my goals, and end up famous, cool! If I achieve my goals and don’t become famous, cool!