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'Videogamer' documentary from Atlanta filmmakers seeks innovation

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A pair of Atlanta filmmakers announced Thursday that they have started production on a documentary called "Videogamer: The Film". The film project will go around the United States to talk with game developer, publishers, journalists and gamers themselves about their views on the future of the game industry and how each perceives innovation.

Josh Craig and Jonathan Reynolds-Engel formed Inaugural Films to start the production of "Videogamer: The Film" and launched a Kickstarter to help with funding. The duo is hoping to raise $100,000 by Saturday, Mar. 2 to pay for the expenses with traveling and filming the project through 2013 and into early 2014. If all goes as planned, the documentary will be released in March 2013.

The pair wants to take "A unique approach to researching innovation of today, and innovation of the future. We will talk with developers, publishers, journalists, and gamers to receive their views on the future of gaming. By combining views on film from each participating group around the world, we are striving to help improve the industry and create a greater understanding and community on an international level. This is set to be a revolutionary film for the gaming industry, community, and everyone across the globe who considers themselves a 'videogamer.'"

The two directors plan to travel to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Austin, Montreal and Japan to interview those involved with creating games, those that cover game and the people that play games. They've already got some film in the can with a trip to San Francisco for IGN's Judgement Day event and then to the Spike VGAs and Machinima Awards in Los Angeles where they interviewed attending development studios and industry personalities. This includes Hideo Kojima from Konami, Machinima's Rob Smith, "Spec Ops: The Line" writer Walt Williams and others. You can see the progress they've made so far in the video embedded on the Kickstarter page.

We contacted Craig about how he's funded the project so far and were told it came from his own personal savings. Unfortunately, there's not enough to fund the travelling needed so far.

"We have been in talks with several developers, publishers, and a few media agencies (mainly IGN & Machinima)," Craig told us. "The project has been very well received by many big and small studios, ranging from the team that made FTL to Sony and Nintendo to Konami inviting us to their studio in Japan. We have discussed our plans for filming, and many welcomed us to their studio or events with open doors."

With the recent launch of the Wii U, the pending launch of the Ouya Android console and the pending announcements and releases of the Playstation 4 and next Xbox, Craig and Reynolds-Engel picked an opportune year to explore the different perspectives on innovation in the game industry.

The Kickstarter page has backing levels ranging from $5 to $10,000 with rewards that include a digital copy of the film to being included in the commentary and the chance to go on location with the film crew.

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