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    Wednesday
    Feb092011

    Progress

    It’s Coming Together

    Well, we’ve gone through all footage and have been cutting for the past 2 months.  With the exception of pesky things like Christmas and the odd bout of the Flu, it’s been pretty much non-stop editing over here.

    The process has certainly been interesting. Going into filming we had a pretty clear base idea of what we wanted to accomplish with the film.  Our basic approach was to create a film that was at its core, a discussion of games and how they relate to their creators - basically something that was a collection of assorted self-contained stories & vignettes.  However, always in the back of our mind was the idea, and hope, that we could create more of a narrative arc throughout the film.  Something that urged you to keep on watching the movie from beginning to end.

    Naturally, we thought, ‘wouldn’t it be great to follow a game during its development?’  However, given the inherent challenges with doing this (i.e. games take a looonnngg time to develop, and the on-camera action of making a game is somewhat unremarkable from a cinematic point of view), we didn’t think this was a strategy we could soundly rely on.  

    We figured:  Let’s shoot for the discrete-segment driven doc and if the narrative pieces fall into place, then we’ll pursue that.  If not, then we keep on with the segmented strategy. 

    We Got Story & Everything!

    Well luckily for us, a few things unfolded during shooting to allow us to create more of that narrative we were hoping for.  We’re not going to tell you the details here - that would ruin it :)  But we are happy to say that the film is shaping into a richer narrative experience than we initially thought it would be.

    That’s not to say the original vision of IGTM has changed at all.  It hasn’t.  

    We just now have some story arcs that prompt one to keep on watching this doc.  One thing that we feared early on was created something that was a collection of disparate ideas.  A film in which the viewer could watch 5 minutes at the beginning, 5 minutes at the end and not sense that they’re missing anything in between.

    The doc has more of a journey now.  And that’s a good thing. 

    ‘Good for you, but when’s it coming out?’

    We’ve done an extremely rough edit of about 80% of the film.  Enough to allow us to chart of the film on the big wall below.  Each card on the top row represents a scene or movement within the film.  The bottom row is simply various notes and general 'scene intentions'  (shoddy timelapse intentionally blown out to keep it all spoiler free).

    We still have some filming to do (20% or so).  But the heavy, monotonous lifting is done and we are on track for a September (ish) 2011 release.  What remains are some focused shoots, a huge collection of graphic creation and the just some good ol’ fashion creative editing.

    A couple of realizations: 

    1. The film is shaping up to be a tad longer (10-15 mins) than our original target of 80 mins.  We're still going to fight to keep it as lean as possible though.
    2. The Special Edition is going to have some kick ass content that kills us to leave out of the film.
    3. The way the script has continually changed on us throughout this process, everything we said above, could be rendered obsolete tomorrow...but hopefully not :)

    Soooo, that's what we're doing. 

    Take Care,

    James + Lisanne

    p.s. Once we get the editing humming along at a nice pace.  You can likely expect beefier updates with some new content.  All video-creation energies are directed into the film these days, but this is not the end of our online content. 

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    Reader Comments (11)

    Pretty exciting! Good luck fellas! :)

    February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid McGraw

    Thanks David!

    February 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterJ + L

    That looks like some crazy science experiment. LOVE IT! :)

    February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKert Gartner

    Looking good you guys. You're almost there....then we celebrate. I'm so in for the celebrating part!

    February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia

    I feel like I've been following pretty closely from the earliest days of this project. I feel close of the scene you're documenting, I know the interviewees, I've been present for some its moments, I've had the pleasure of meeting you both personally. I don't know if we're seeing the same narrative arc, but I've certainly felt one, particularly with the last few vignettes. There's a magic, a tapestry...

    I've said it before, but I'll say it again: y'all are making something important. Truly something greater than the sum of its parts -- which is hard to fathom considering the incredibleness of the moments you have captured.

    I can't wait.

    February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTroy Gilbert

    The postit thing was really informative, hmmm I wondered how a movie was made, bravo

    February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Dirt

    @Troy You are too kind. Reading your post gives us goosebumps - we badly want to make the movie your describing. We'll certainly be aiming to do just that. Thanks so much for the kind words and support. We truly appreciate it.

    @JohnDirt ...something tells me you know a little bit about movie magic yourself :)

    February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames from IGTM

    I know that this is a bit off topic, but do the pre-orders come with free shipping (for example, to the UK, where I live) or will you be charging more for this?

    February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEdenC

    @EdenC

    Yep, there is some shipping. Shipping does get added on in the checkout process. Its a flat rate of 5.99 worldwide.

    Thanks for asking

    -James

    February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames from IGTM

    @James
    Thanks alot and I can't wait to see the finished product.
    Good luck and all the best!

    February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEdenC

    Really interesting. Can't wait for the release.
    What does the line above the post-its represent? Pace? Emotional Flow?

    May 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

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