Matt and Bill's Excellent Adventure - A Feature Film Documentary on Videogames

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Do I have some big news for you! Your very own Matt and Bill are set to write and produce a feature film--a documentary based on Vintage Games, among others! We're still working out the ins and outs, but you're basically looking at 90 minutes of gaming goodness wrapped around a historical narrative. It's going to be most excellent!

A couple things we're thinking about now is who we might get for a narrator or host (if indeed we want a celebrity rather than a pro narrator), what themes we'll explore, tone (serious, humorous, egghead, edgy, wacky, lighthearted?), and of course the details of the script. As directors and producers, we have almost total control, so I can't imagine this thing being anything but awesome. Unfortunately, while Bill has spent some time in front of a camera for his videos, I haven't done anything of the sort--all new territory for me. We've been reading up on documentary making, though, and I think I have a pretty good idea of what goes into a great one. The question is, can we pull it off? And the answer is--duh, of course we will!

I had the idea of getting Tom Baker as our host/narrator and tying in the idea of time travel; going back in time to see the early games, etc. A bit obvious, perhaps, but I think it'd be fantastic working with Tom!

I was taping myself a bit last night and can only describe my performance as Weird Al-esque with a bit of Jim Varney (Ernest P. Worrell). Clearly, trying to look serious or scholarly on screen is going to be a challenge, assuming I'm in the film at all. The author of the horror documentary seemed to make an appearance or two, so I'm hoping. :)

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Matt Barton
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You know, if we can't Tom

You know, if we can't Tom Baker and want to do a time travel a la "Excellent Adventure" kinda thing, maybe we could get "Bill" from Bill & Ted--you know, Alex Winter. I bet he's a lot of fun to work with.

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Cool idea!

How is all this going to be promoted? Are we talking "straight to DVD" or a Learning Channel special or...?

And how are you guys paying for this? Doesn't sound like an inexpensive venture to me.

Just curious - sadly, money tends to dictate the dimensions of desire.

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Statsman1 wrote:

How is all this going to be promoted? Are we talking "straight to DVD" or a Learning Channel special or...?

And how are you guys paying for this? Doesn't sound like an inexpensive venture to me.

Just curious - sadly, money tends to dictate the dimensions of desire.

Our financer and backer (or whatever you wish to call them) is "Lux Digital Pictures": www.luxdigitalpictures.com/

Depending on how everything turns out, this can see release on Pay Per View, DVD and/or one of the networks. The ideal is all of them, which is what the target is.

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Yeah, he's talking about G4,

Yeah, he's talking about G4, Showtime, HBO, Discovery, or God knows what. Tom (from Lux) is a businessman, so he's naturally going to go for whoever is willing to pay the most for the rights to show the product. However, it will definitely be on DVD, so everyone will get the chance to see it no matter what kind of cable package you have.

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LOL, my department chair

LOL, my department chair loves this project so much he wants to be star in the documentary!

To be honest, I think he'd be fine for it; good reading voice and personality. Still holding out for Tom, though. :)

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That's so cool...

Wow, that'll be something seriously cool.

Will there be anything about the video game craze in the 80's? I mean, the whole arcade/video game movement? That Twin Galaxies guy (I cannot remember his name) would probably love to talk about that.

If you do a spot that involves morons who shouldn't play with power tools but decide to build a game machine, I'm your man.

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The vision at the moment

The vision at the moment is not to do much, if anything with "talking heads". It's going to be story driven and take viewers through the complete history, with a focus on the software. Of course key historical moments and certainly historical context will be provided. Nevertheless, it's still early and this will no doubt morph over time as new developments happen. We have lots and lots of work ahead of us in the writing department before anyone gets to filming a single frame.

Vintage Games book!
Xbox 360: billlog | Wii: 1345 2773 2048 1586 | PS3: ArmchairArcade
Bill Loguidice, Managing Director | Armchair Arcade, Inc.

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Wow!

There's not much I can say about it than: WOW!!! Congratulations!

Who's filming this? Will you have a crew? Matt's "Matt's Chat" comments implied that you guys would be hands-on in the filming/editing department. If so, I STRONGLY suggest some basic film knowledge. A good, entertaining book on the subject is $30 Film School, which not only covers the basics, but is full of guerrilla filmmaking anecdotes and wisdom.

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Whoa, exciting reactions!!!

Whoa, exciting reactions!!! How very stimulating!

Don't get the "Matt Chat" confused with this project, though. That will be a DIY kinda deal that could no doubt benefit from the very-interesting looking $30 film school book. The documentary will be a slick, professional deal--no DIY at all. We'll have 100% professional editing and post-production to the point where it will be indistinguishable from a Hollywood blockbuster. Trust me; I have seen the horror documentary these guys put out (Nightmares in Red, White, and Blue) and was blown away by the quality. This ain't no ghetto documentary--this will be top notch, the real deal, the best thing you've ever seen on your TV about videogames other than the games themselves, of course.

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Yes, this has a real budget

Yes, this has a real budget and will handled by professionals. Matt and I are the writing "experts" and will oversee the production as producers and will be involved in everything we can, but everything else will be left to industry pros. You can see one sample of the company's previous work here: http://www.nightmaresinredwhiteandblue.com/

Vintage Games book!
Xbox 360: billlog | Wii: 1345 2773 2048 1586 | PS3: ArmchairArcade
Bill Loguidice, Managing Director | Armchair Arcade, Inc.

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