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A full length documentary feature film taking a detailed look at the ZX Spectrum, its history, developers, games and fans.
A full length documentary feature film taking a detailed look at the ZX Spectrum, its history, developers, games and fans.
A full length documentary feature film taking a detailed look at the ZX Spectrum, its history, developers, games and fans.
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Okay, the final 48 Hour Stretch Goal is unleashed! Now, I’m not sure how many people will be interested in this (I asked around, and there was some positive interest), but I intend to write the book to go with the film. Anyway, we’ll see. Thanks!! Andy.

Just 71 hours to go!! And only £382 short of the 4K stretch goal where we film the movie in 4K!! Please share, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, anything that could help... and all your help is very much appreciated!

 Now – and this is BRILLIANT INCREDIBLE NEWS – we’ve secured permission to film in the original Sinclair Research Headquarters (from 1982-1985) in Cambridge!!!! If that isn’t amazing, I don’t know what is. 

Also, now joining us in our interview line-up are:

Jim Bagley – Industry veteran of many years, Spectrum titles include Throne of Fire, Gutz, Red Heat, Cabal, Midnight Resistance and Hudson Hawk, amongst others.

Ant Harper – Gaming since the 70s, Sinclair mad since 1981, Ant Harper is a web developer, retro store owner, writer, and avid Spectrum user with a massive collection of Sinclair machines and software making his floor joists buckle. Founder/Editor in Chief www.retrogamescollector.com

Andrew Hewson & Rob Hewson – Anybody who had a Spectrum will be massively familiar with Hewson Consultants, publisher of some of the most popular games of the day! Remember Exolon? Technician Ted? Avalon? Firelord? Pyracurse? Uridium? Zynaps? Ranarama? Stormlord? Need I go on?

Onwards!!

NEW PLEDGE ADDED... LIMITED TO 5 ONLY!

SIGNED The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels VOLUME 2 by Fusion Retro Books, SIGNED BLU-RAY copy of the film, plus a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD and a thank you credit in the film itself.

http://www.fusionretrobooks.com/

Steve Turner, Jon Ritman, Steve Wetherill and Jas Austin are four Spectrum developers who have kindly agreed to do extended “The Making Of...” interviews about the development of various Spectrum games! Are we blessed, or what?

Mr Steve Turner has kindly agreed to give extended interviews on “The Making Of...” legendary Spectrum titles AVALON and QUAZATRON.

Mr Jon Ritman has kindly agreed to give extended interviews on “The Making Of...” legendary Spectrum titles MATCH DAY II and HEAD OVER HEELS.

Mr Steve Wetherill has kindly agreed to give extended interviews on “The Making Of...” legendary Spectrum titles NODES OF YESOD, ROBIN OF THE WOOD and HEARTLAND.

and.. Mr Jas Austin has kindly agreed to give extended interviews on “The Making Of...” legendary Spectrum titles SLAINE and REX as well as entertaining tales about his times at Automata.

Hurrah!!

Two NEW PLEDGES added.....

£30 – SIGNED BLU-RAY copy of the film, signed by the director, plus a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD and a thank you credit in the film itself. (UK shipping free. Please add £6 for Europe and £10 for Worldwide).

£40 – SIGNED OLIVER FREY (CRASH Magazine) original artwork poster (A3 size/ signed by Mr Frey himself), a signed BLU-RAY copy of the film, signed by the director, plus a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD and a thank you credit in the film itself. (UK shipping free. Please add £8 for Europe and £12 for Worldwide).

*Please note, now the 3K stretch goal has been reached, the £20 DVD can still be upgraded to Blu-ray for free at the end of the Kickstarter. Or you can upgrade to SIGNED for only £10 more.

Oliver Frey, resident CRASH Magazine artist who created so many awesome CRASH covers which we know and love, has been commissioned to create an original piece of artwork for the official cover of Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict. The artwork will feature on DVD covers, as well as some future poster/postcard set. This is super cool and exciting news!!! We are honoured!!

Remember the first time you saw Knight Lore, and your jaw hit the floor?

Remember the first time Mr Head met Mr Heels?

Remember typing in that long magazine listing, for it simply not to work?

Remember Fred? Luxor the Moonprince? KLP-2? BLOB? Axil the Able? Cuchulainn? Eric? Wally? Monty? Willy?

Remember your first head-butt in Cobra? Or your first sight of a hyperload?

spectrumaddict.co.uk

facebook.com/zxspectrumaddict

Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict will be a full length documentary feature film (120-180 minutes, est.) which takes a detailed look at the ZX Spectrum, its history, its developers, its games and its fans.

The film will be a unique tribute to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum!

Crash Magazine, a hit for any Speccy Addict.
Crash Magazine, a hit for any Speccy Addict.

Please chip in and help out with the campaign. This is a not-for-profit movie, however the more we exceed our goal the more we’ll have for expenses and a higher level of film equipment – hence higher production values!

This film WILL BE the ULTIMATE ZX SPECTRUM MOVIE of the century!

Proposed Film Structure:

0. A Brief History of Time (and the Spectrum’s place in it)

1. A Merry Speccy Christmas! 1982-1984

2. Skooldaze – How the Spectrum Changed the World

3. Those Early Bedroom Programmer Days

4. Games I: Before Tape to Tape

5. CRASH Magazine

6. Playground Politics: Game Fuel for your Speccy

7. Let The Developers Speak I

8. Let The Fans Speak I

9. Three Programmers in Paradise (Well, Slightly More Than Three...)

10. Mugsy! – Playground Piracy

11. Games II: Digital Lifeblood for a New Generation

12. Hardware Developments: Spice and Sugar

13. Let The Developers Speak II

14. Let The Fans Speak II

15. Games III: Were YOU a Spectrum Addict?

16. National Archives

17. Project: Future – The Future of the ZX Spectrum

Stretch Goals now added!
Stretch Goals now added!
Mark Jones Interview.
Mark Jones Interview.

Scott Adams – co-founder of Adventure International, and programmer of Adventureland (1978), Pirate Adventure, Voodoo Castle and the Questprobe games, amongst many others. It could be said Scott was the driving force in creating the format we know as the classic text adventure today!

Lord Ar*e – AKA Mark Howlett...Retro Fan with one of the largest user base of retro followers on Twitter in the world! This man lives, eats, drinks and breathes everything retro.

Jas Austin – games developer at Automata and Martech, and author of fabulous games including Pi-in'ere, Nemesis the Warlock, Slaine, Altered Beast, and the classic platform bullet hell shooter, Rex on the Spectrum.

Gary Bracey – former Software Manager at Ocean Software.

David Bradley – groupEditor-in-Chief of SFX and Total Film magazines, former Games Editor on PC Format, a Spectrum fan and gamer since 1982, and tech and entertainment journalist on various other Future Publishing titles.

Simon Butler – graphic artist at Imagine, Denton Designs and Ocean Software.

Luca Bordoni – current Spectrum developer who created the much (and long!) awaited Ultimate tribute game and unofficial sequel, Miremare.

Jonathan Cauldwell – a current Spectrum programmer, author of the popular Egghead games and the current Arcade Game Designer.

Ben Daglish – amazing musician who worked on many retro platforms including C64 and Spectrum.

Mevlut Dinc – games developer and author of Gerry the Germ, Prodigy and Last Ninja 2 for the Spectrum.

Bruce Everiss – veteran games industry marketer, and formerly of publishing giants Imagine, Codemasters, and now Kwalee.

Oliver Frey – Book and magazine artist, cartoonist and illustrator, co-founder of Newsfield (CRASH Magazine), resident CRASH artist and former publishing director of Thalamus Software.

CRASH, artwork by Oliver Frey.
CRASH, artwork by Oliver Frey.

John Hare – Co-founder of Sensible Software, designer/artist on Wizball, Microprose Soccer, Wizkid and lead designer/creative director on Mega Lo Mania, Sensible Soccer and Cannon Fodder, amongst many others.

Mark R. Jones – graphic artist at Ocean Software, all-round good guy and a current Spectrum Addict.

Roger Kean – Co-founder of Newsfield, conceived CRASH Magazine in 1983 and editor from launch January 1984 – August 1985, then a further six months in 1987. Crash went on to sweep the board with audited monthly sales of almost 102,000 copies!

Graeme Mason – retro journalist and writer for Retro Gamer Magazine.

Philip Oliver – co-author of the Dizzy games and Super Robin Hood amongst many others, and co-founder of Interactive Studios/Blitz Game Studios.

Jon Ritman – games developer and author of such classics as Match Day I & II, Batman and Head Over Heels.

Head Over Heels by Jon Ritman.
Head Over Heels by Jon Ritman.

John Romero – game developer, formerly of ID Software (Doom, Quake etc), Monkeystone Games and Midway Games.

Steve Turner – veteran Spectrum programmer/game designer/musician, founder of Graftgold, well loved for his games 3D Space Wars, Avalon, Dragontorc of Avalon, Astroclone, Quazatron, Ranarama, Magnetron, Intensity as well as many others!

Quazatron by Steve Turner.
Quazatron by Steve Turner.

Kevin Toms – owner of Addictive Games and creator of the stunningly popular Football Manager.

Clive Townsend – Spectrum developer and creator of the fabulous Saboteur and Saboteur II.

Simon Ullyatt – founder and partner of Cronosoft, the UK’s number one retro software house, and publisher of CURRENT games for retro machines including the ZX Spectrum.

Steve Wetherill – currently works at Kixeye, but Spectrum fans will know him better as a major developer working on Nodes of Yesod, Arc of Yesod, Robin of the Wood, Heartland, Sidewize and Crosswize – amongst many others.

Heartland by Steve Wetherill.
Heartland by Steve Wetherill.

Chris Wilkins – publisher of various retro books including The History of Ocean Software and The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels Vols 1-3.

And we’re currently in discussions with many more!!

Additionally, we’ll also be filming at the National Media Museum – National Videogame Archive in Bradford, the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, and the Retro Computer Museum in Leicester, interviewing the bods over at Retro Computers Ltd about the newly created Sinclair Spectrum Vega, and talking to Steve Wilcox at Elite Systems about the Recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum... amongst many others!!

Andy Remic is a novelist and filmmaker. He is part of the collaborative independent film production company, Anarchy Films.

Anarchy Films has made a slew of short films, one major feature film, IMPURITY, starring Frazer Hines (of Doctor Who and Emmerdale).

MEMOIRS OF A SPECTRUM ADDICT is a not-for-profit project of passion and nostalgia by director and author, Andy Remic.

Principal photography will take place during 2015. Post-production will take place the first quarter of 2016, with an overall aim of August 2016 for release (at the latest). Updates will be given throughout the development of the film through Kickstarter updates and via the Anarchy Films website.

Christmas Day 1984...
Christmas Day 1984...
Revival, Retro Game Convention.
Revival, Retro Game Convention.

 Please help spread the word!

Film Premiere & After Party reward now added
Film Premiere & After Party reward now added

 The film will feature original Spectrum compositions, and all non-game music will be specifically composed and scored by Digital Front. Check out: digital-front.com

Name : Retro Video Gamer
Website : http://www.retrovideogamer.co.uk/

And on Twitter:

@Lord_Arse

Risks and challenges

Having made a full length feature film (Impurity) we are well aware of any potential pitfalls, and equipped to overcome them.

The task of creating Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict will be costly and time consuming, in terms of physical travelling, setting up interviews and film shoots, post-production and DVD duplication. I therefore need to ensure we raise sufficient funds to produce a high-quality film which can be sent out to those who contribute in the UK for free. The goal I have set is a bare minimum, and the more we exceed the goal, the better the film will be.

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    FILM PREMIERE INVITE – You receive the DVD, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, plus a short clip of YOU in the film talking about your favourite Spectrum game. You will also receive a ticket for ONE to the Official Premiere of the film at the prestigious Kinema in the Woods, a quaint, rural cinema dating from the late 19th Century situated in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, UK – the only cinema in the country to still use back projection and utilising a Compton Kinestra organ for intermissions! This very special occasion, the film premiere followed by an after party at the local Petwood Hotel (home of the Dam Busters), is limited to 220 seats, and will take place around July/August 2016, dates TBC.).

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