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A feature-length documentary showing how gamers took their favorite activity and raised over two million dollars for charity.
A feature-length documentary showing how gamers took their favorite activity and raised over two million dollars for charity.
A feature-length documentary showing how gamers took their favorite activity and raised over two million dollars for charity.
272 backers pledged $26,285 to help bring this project to life.

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Money Making Game

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This is a documentary all about a group called The Zeldathon Team. In 2009, two high schoolers said they would play one of their favorite video game series, The Legend of Zelda, in hopes of raising money for charity. The first event lasted under 36 hours and raised just over $300.

Since that first event, the group has grown to over 100 gamers from across the world, they have put on over 20 additional events and have now raised over $2,000,000 for good causes worldwide.

The documentary will showcase footage from 10 years of the marathon, with brand new interviews. You will hear about how the event raises money, how it changed, and how it has changed the world of charity fundraising. Additionally, you can see how the group grew as people, and how their lives have changed due to the event. 

(Why is it called Money Making Game?)

In addition to being a clever reference to a classic game moment, we decided the name fit our events and how we've improved our fundraising practices. It's all about how we have taken a simple video game and turned into a large-scale fundraiser being noticed by non-profits worldwide.

 Thankfully, due to already having so much footage from the past events, we can have an accelerated production time, only needing to put a focus on getting new high-quality B-Roll and all the interviews that will drive the narrative.

It is our primary goal to premiere the film live on Twitch during the Winter 2019 Zeldathon marathon, which will be the official 10 year anniversary of the event. 

 We've taken a lot of time to research how much money is needed to make this documentary, and we are keeping it simple for anyone to understand how we formulated our base goal.

Videographer - We have enlisted the help of Esteban Martinez, who is known for his work with esports documentaries, to come to our upcoming events and film all the extra footage we need. We will be covering his travel, hotel, and his standard rate for services. This together amounts for about 50% of our total goal.

Artwork & Music - Through our existing friends and communities, it is our hope to commission them to provide the soundtrack and any necessary artwork for the film. They will be compensated fairly according to their recommendation. We estimate this will be around 20% of our total goal.

Rewards - As per usual, the production and distribution of the rewards for this Kickstarter will amount to around 20% of the total cost. 

Kickstarter Fees - After adding up both Kickstarter's fee and the standard transaction fees, it is estimated around 10% of the total will be used on those costs.

What happens if you raise more than the goal?

We will ensure that we use the money to improve the documentary however possible, including hiring additional editing help, cameramen, and organizers. We may also be able to produce additional scenes to include on our bonus disc and for backers.

Note: All reward imagery is not representative of the final product.
Note: All reward imagery is not representative of the final product.

 We are offering a wide range of rewards for your pledge. Be sure to review our entire reward options in the right-hand column and select the one that is best for you. The more you pledge, the more exciting the rewards get!

Risks and challenges

This is our first full documentary. However, we have a vast knowledge of filmmaking from our history over the past 10 years of production that should allow it to come out amazing.

Additionally, we have experienced consultants and commissioned artists who will be lending a hand throughout the project to create the most quality product possible.

We will be transparent the entire process into any issues that may arise and work to ensure we stay as close to our goals as humanely possible.

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    In addition to the DELUXE Blu-Ray, you will receive an exclusive limited-print Money Making Game t-shirt and movie poster.

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    Zeldathon Attendee Package

    You'll get an attendee-exclusive water bottle from our 10th Anniversary marathon, a custom knit hat, and a randomly chosen piece of Zeldathon history.

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    Associate Producer

    You will be credited as an Associate Producer in the film, and you are invited to visit our 10th Anniversary marathon for the premiere of the film. (You must provide travel and lodging costs).

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