Video Games: The Movie heads to Kickstarter for post-production

Mediajuice Studios launches second crowd-funding campaign asking for $60,000 to finalize indie film.

Mediajuice Studios today launched a Kickstarter campaign to finalize its independent film Video Games: The Movie. The filmmakers recently wrapped up a year's worth of location and interview shoots, and are now looking to secure $60,000 complete post-production on the project.

Funds amassed from the Kickstarter campaign will be used for editing, a musical score, voice-over narration, the acquisition of licensed archival clips, motion graphics, and to secure interviews related to the next generation of consoles.

"I hope that once we're done, Video Games: The Movie will stand as a benchmark for all other movies about the games industry; and that it will help dispel some of the nagging falsehoods that ignorantly plague game makers and players, and keep them from receiving mainstream acceptance like other art forms such as films, music and books," director Jeremy Snead said in a statement.

"In the end, our hope is that this film will help further legitimize the industry and the culture to those who continue to disregard it without really spending time to learn about it," Snead added.

The film features interviews with some of the industry's most experienced and influential designers, celebrities, and executives, including Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau, Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton, and a long list of others.

Video Games: The Movie also shot a number of scenes on-location at industry events like Comic-Con, Pax, and E3 and studio shoots at places like Gearbox Software, 343 Industries, and Epic Games, among others.

Snead and Mediajuice Studios originally launched a crowd-funding campaign for Video Games: The Movie through IndieGoGo last year, gathering $1,790 of a $107,550 goal. Unlike Kickstarter, IndieGoGo is not all-or-nothing, thus allowing Snead and Mediajuice Studios to use those funds.

Video Games: The Movie is expected to premiere this summer in Los Angeles, before being released theatrically and on home video and video-on-demand through a distributor yet to be announced.

For more on Video Games: The Movie, check out GameSpot's interview with its creators.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

Discussion

27 comments
Saketume
Saketume

I get the feeling this is another "historical documentary" that will completely ignore the many non PC computers & games that were a big part in starting the industry.

Computers like Amstrad, Sinclair Spectrum, C64, Amiga and many others that taught a generation of nerdy kids to enjoy games and learn to program them.

At best they get a mention but never the credit they deserve.

On the plus side Wil Wheaton is in it ^^

farcorners
farcorners

Is this a serious production, or a pet hobby project that the maker wants other people to pay him to do, when he would do it anyway?

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

25$ for digital copy  !!! pledge 10$ and get our thanks ! lol

man they're greedy

vikebone
vikebone

I like the idea of the movie, but it is difficult for me to donate to the campaign when there are so many grammatical errors in the kickstarter posting.  Like in the second sentence, "Now that you're hear".  What?  That doesn't give me confidence in their quality of work.

Jebril
Jebril

Is the $1,790 out of $107,550 a typo? Because it sounds to me like they had no budget if that's true.

frozenux
frozenux

At last a documentary's kickstarter which sounds actually meaningful....BUT DAMN!!! 60 000$ for post production?!!!

Kitmas
Kitmas

I hope they make a video game out of this. Video Games: The Movie THE GAME.

zyxe
zyxe moderator

"I hope that once we're done, Video Games: The Movie will stand as a benchmark for all other movies about the games industry; and that it will help dispel some of the nagging falsehoods that ignorantly plague game makers and players, and keep them from receiving mainstream acceptance like other art forms such as films, music and books."

that's a LOT to hope for...sounds like it's trying to do too much.

Vambran
Vambran

Yeah i like video games and all but this just sounds like a 2 hour episode of invisible walls.

ziproy
ziproy

Two kickstarters?? Get real, I could do post-production on a documentary for $20

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

If Fred Savage is in it, I'll go see it.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Seems a little late to ask for post-production funding.

Saketume
Saketume

@farcorners He says in the video that he already shot the movie before he started the kickstarter. So I'm pretty sure it's going to happen one way or another.

Saketume
Saketume

@sunbeam4 $20 bucks get a thanks and a look at their production diary lol.

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

@Kitmas Didn't that happen in the Street Fighter series? Game turned to movie, turned to movie game.

joshphillips
joshphillips

@zyxe Agreed!  Plus video games are already known as an art form and even have several museum exhibits nowadays.  I'd love to see a movie squashing fanboyism instead lol That would be worth watching. 

ziproy
ziproy

@sapphire54 Nononono. You have to pay two times first before you earn the privilege of buying it

zzamaro
zzamaro

@starcrafthenry @Kitmas lol, when I read Kitmas comment, something came to my mind but it was unclear. Then you clear it for me. So funny.