Great Making of XCOM Mini-doc
Perhaps you may have noticed, but I have a thing for finding mini-documentaries on nerd culture and bringing them to a wider audience. I love being able to support filmmakers. As a filmmaker, I know how hard getting an audience is and my hope is that I can help get people that audience. The same goes with art and other stuff.
Here we have a fantastic short documentary on the making of XCOM: Enemy Unknown from Polygon. It chronicles Jake Solomon’s struggle in making a new XCOM and how Sid Meier helped out.
This is a really beautifully shot documentary. I really enjoyed it. XCOM was one of my favorite games last year. This mini-doc brings us into the world of creating it and touches on the deeper theme of the struggle to make games and the value of a mentor. You can read more about the subject on Polygon’s website. You can also follow Polygon on Twitter.
Also, if you or anyone you know have a film on a topic like gaming or anything within the realm of geek culture, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Great Micro-short Documentary on Minecraft and Kids
Britt McTammany brings us a compelling and beautifully shot micro-short on Minecraft and how it brings gamers, particularly younger kids, together. It’s incredible to see how well the young subjects of the documentary work together to achieve a common goal.
This short raises a lot of interesting things about Minecraft and make me want to see more. Hopefully, the subject can be tackled by Britt in a longer format.
Also, if this has you thirsting for more well-shot Minecraft documentaries, check out 2 Player Productions’ Minecraft: The Story of Mojang
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SUPPORT THIS SHIT: 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience
100 Yen has been in the making for a year, but the makers have turned to IndieGoGo for one last bit of help with funding to make the film the best that it could possibly be.
100 Yen is a historical documentary about the evolution of arcades and the culture surrounding it - from the birth of arcades to the game centers that still thrive today. With a predominant focus on the three major arcade genres, Shooting games, Fighting games and Rhythm games, 100 Yen explores the culture and evolution of arcades through the past and present. All filmed on location in Japan, Canada, and the USA featuring interviews with industry professionals, game programmers and designers, casual gamers and gaming icons.
Featuring: Daigo Umehara, Brian Ashcraft, Taito, Clover-TAC, Justin Wong, Aaron In Japan, Gootecks & Mike Ross, Christopher Laporte, Hiro Kawaguchi, Tez Okano and many more…
Filming is complete, the hard part is done, we braved Radioactive Neo-Tokyo to capture hundreds of hours of footage and interviews with amazing individuals all over Japan. We’ve edited this down to 75 minutes of video game action and education.
The rough cut is staring back, just begging to be finished and released. We know it is going to blow everyone away. It is so close to being finished and we cannot wait to finally release it to everyone in the world.
To finish with the absolute best possible film - we need some additional services. We’ve done everything 100% ourselves up to this point but we need to hire some outside help for post production. Our final funding goes directly towards 3D motion graphics, audio, mastering and everything to bring 100 YEN into a completed feature film.
[UPDATED] Graffiti Wars: Banksy vs Robbo
The video’s been taken down, but it’s available to watch in the UK HERE.
I remember the first time I ever saw a Banksy piece. It was maybe about 6 or 7 years ago and it blew my mind. I followed the artist pretty closely for the next several years, but then I found out that he painted over a legendary piece of graffiti in London that’s been around since the 80’s. Not only that, but it turns out he ganked his whole style from a French stencil artist.
Ever since then, it seemed like the less craps I gave about Banksy, the bigger he became. I definitely respect him for having the balls to do what he does, but he’s no longer the sort of artist that I could ever admire.
If your into street art, graffiti, or whatever you wanna’ call it, you NEED to watch this documentary.
Kickstart This Shit! Indie Game: The Movie.
Indie Game: The Movie is a documentary about the hardships and triumphs that come along with being an indie game developer. It features some pretty big names in the indie gaming scene like Edmund McMillen & Tommy Refenes (Super Meat Boy), Phil Fish (Fez), and Jonathan Blow (Braid).
If you’re digging the trailer, support James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot of BlinkWorks by helping them out on Kickstarter.
Thanks to Jason from Fist Full of Potions for the tip!
Here’s a preview of the documentary Graffiti Fine Art by Jared Levy which begs the question “once graffiti moves from the streets to the galleries… can it still be considered graffiti?”
Here’s a trailer for the made-for-TV film Tarantino: The Disciple of Hong Kong a documentary about Quentin Tarantino and his love of Asian flicks from the French duo Jac & Johan.
Vigilante Vigilante - A Documentary On Anti-Graffiti Vigilantes.
A new breed of crime-fighter now stalks the urban landscape: the anti-graffiti vigilante. These dedicated blight warriors stop at nothing to rid their neighborhoods and cities of street art, stickers, tags, and posters. Many of these vigilantes have become the very menace they want to eliminate. In their relentless attempt to stamp out graffiti, they’ve turned to illegally and destructively painting other people’s property. VIGILANTE VIGILANTE is the story of two filmmakers who set out to expose these mysterious characters and discover a battle of expression that stretches from the streets to academia.
[Via Laughing Squid]
Trailer for the Documentary Wu-Tang Revealed.
[Note: We typically tend to stray away from posting music stuff on Albotas (unless it’s chiptunes, of course!) because music is such a subjective, personal thing and people’s tastes vary all across the place, but since this post is more about a movie, we figure it couldn’t hurt.]
Okay, so back in the day (I’m talking WAY back, like 10 years ago. Fuck. I’m old!) I used to be pretty big into hip-hop. My favorite hip-hop group was - and still is - the Wu-Tang Clan. Nine dudes (Eight now. RIP ODB.) just getting on the mic and ripping it apart. Each member has such a distinct characteristic, but they all share the same weird language of crazy metaphors and obscure references to Kung-fu movies.
I’ve always wondered how a high-profile musical act with so many members could survive so long without ending at the hands of “band drama”.
Wu-Tang Revealed is a documentary by group member GZA (named after the sound the word “genius” makes when scratched on a record) after 10 years of tour footage. As you see in the trailer above, there’s no shortage of drama whatsoever. You also get a sense of how small these dudes probably feel to be part of something so much bigger than them.
Also, lots of N and F bombs. Cover your ears.