Kickstarter: Video Games: The Movie

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Video Games: The Movie bills itself as “the first ever in-depth, feature-length documentary about the video game industry and the culture it’s created.” The project is being worked on by Mediajuice Studios, which mainly creates trailers, TV ads, and promotional videos for video game companies. Jeremy Snead is the Creative Director at Mediajuice, and has been writing and directing independently for about seven years. The first thing the team addresses is why they want to make a documentary on video games. They give four reasons: gamers are a misunderstood group, the industry itself is misunderstood, to tell the whole story (not just the violent angle), and to make the film the best it can be (it is 95% complete, and the Kickstarter is being utilized for post-production costs). Filming started just before last year’s E3. This is what the movie covers:

“Video Games: The Movie is a feature-length documentary which aims to tell the untold story of video games by an in-depth look into not only how games are made, marketed, and consumed, but by looking back at the industry’s history and current trends as well as the evolution of gamer culture. Where is the industry and the audience headed? Is it the same place? The entire story will be told through the eyes of game developers, publishers, and consumers. The film is not just another film about the games industry, but will attempt something much more ambitious: the question of what it means to be a gamer, a game maker, and where “video games” will be in ten, twenty, even a hundred years from now.  My hope is that the film, when finished, will consist of four in-depth parts, which are: the history, the culture, the creation, and the future.”

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The crew initially set a goal of $60,000 and as of this writing is just over $92,000 with nearly 900 backers – this Kickstarter will obviously be a success.

Rewards:

  • $10 – Thank you on the official website
  • $20 – Access to the production diaries, thank you on the official website
  • $25 – Digital download of the film, plus all previous levels of support
  • $30 – Poster, plus all previous levels of support
  • $40 – T-shirt and DVD of the film, plus all previous levels of support
  • $50 – T-shirt, poster, and DVD, plus all previous levels of support
  • $55 – BluRay and digital download, plus all previous levels of support
  • $75 – T-shirt, poster, DVD, exclusive bonus DVD, plus all previous levels of support
  • $85 – BluRay and exclusive bonus BluRay, plus all previous levels of support
  • $100 – Advance film screening and Q&A in Los Angeles for one, plus all previous levels of support
  • $125 – First to hear the soundtrack and playlists, plus all previous levels of support
  • $150 – T-shirt, poster, DVD, bonus DVD signed by industry insiders, plus all previous levels of support
  • $200 – Advance film screening and Q&A in Los Angeles for two, plus all previous levels of support (minus the Q&A for one)
  • $250 – Be in the film, your name in the closing credits, plus all previous levels of support
  • $250 – Fifteen seconds of David Eddings (Claptrap in Borderlands) providing a custom voice greeting, plus all previous levels of support
  • $500 – A day with the crew, plus all previous levels of support
  • $1,000 – Special thanks credit on a single title card during final credits and on IMDB, plus all previous levels of support
  • $1,200 – Exclusive video footage of the LA premiere, special video thanks from the crew, plus all previous levels of support
  • $2,500 – Sold out – Associate producer credit, invitations to premieres, regular updates on progress, invited to join crew on stage during screening of the film, plus all previous levels of support
  • $5,000 – Co-producer credit, plus all previous levels of support
  • $10,000 – Sold out – Massive leap towards post-production goals, executive producer credit, invited to attend all events related to the film, a generous package of merchandise related to the film’s production, plus all previous levels of support

Here’s the trailer:

Fundraising ends this Tuesday, June 18th, so get in while you can. Back Video Games: The Movie here.

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