Indie Game: The Movie (video)
I was listening to Episode 50 of the Geek Cred podcast which featured Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, producers of Indie Game: The Movie.
From the official website:
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Refusing to toil for major developers, these innovators independently conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they, too, may find success.An indie movie about the indie gaming industry. The parallels between the two are probably obvious, but let's run with it anyway:
After two years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy—the adventures of a skinless boy in search of his girlfriend, who is made of bandages. At PAX, a major video-game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated, four-years-in-the-making FEZ. Jonathan Blow considers beginning a new game after creating Braid, one of the highest-rated games of all time.
First-time filmmaking duo Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky capture the emotional journey of these meticulously obsessive artists who devote their lives to their interactive art. Four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal— to express oneself through a video game.
- No corporate funding
- 2 Kickstarter campaigns (before Kickstarter was really a thing)
- 2 people working to capture all of the interview content and produce the movie without any outside assistance
- Digital drm-free distribution to maximize their potential reach
- a one-in-a-million chance that they would screen at Sundance (which they did, oh and they won an editing award while they were there - wow)
The end result looks incredible and I can't wait to watch it. How about you?