What can I say? THANK YOU to all backers of this project. Projected date of release for Spectrum Addict: LOAD "FILM 2" is April 2018.
When the Kickstarter ends, this project can still be preordered and supported by visiting:
However, you will not receive official Kickstarter "Updates" so keep an eye on the official Spectrum Addict website:
Nearly there! Just need that last push during the final 30 hours or so. So, I’ve optimistically added the following stretch goals... you know. Just in case you have the price of a pizza knocking around in your back pocket...
18K – A PDF book for ALL BACKERS called ‘The Making of Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict’ by Andy Remic – author of 22 internationally published novels. The book will cover the making of both films, and contain amusing anecdotes, stories of interviews, never before seen photographs and transcripts of many “whole” interviews which didn’t make it into either of the films. This will be around 200 pages+.
14K – An “I’m a Spectrum Addict” enamel badge for every pledge at £30 or above.
Gary Bracey, formerly of Ocean Software, is widely regarded in the industry as a man who turned around development at Ocean, increasing in-house development (and therefore talent/quality of games) and forging ahead the movie-game licensing of the time. Batman. Robocop. Cobra. Platoon. The list of awesome games Gary was involved in bringing to market is formidable. In the new Spectrum film, Gary will talk about his time at Ocean Software.
Lyndon got into the industry by writing music on the Spectrum for Code Masters .The 1-bit beeper engine he wrote was inspired from Wham the Music Box and Bo Jangeborg’s Fairlight. The 128k AY music was done on an Amiga, then run mods through a custom tool to convert them into much smaller Spectrum AY files. Philip Oliver came to Lyndon with the Kwik Snax idea (Fast Food 2) which was fleshed out into a full product. Lyndon then went to work for the Oliver Twins where he wrote Robin Hood Legend Quest, a conversion of the NES game. After thqat Lyndon became a coder working on Hulk, Rollcage, Rollcage Stage 2, Lego Racers2 and Lego Drome Racers. Currently, Lyndon is developing Dreamworld Pogie for the Spectrum NEXT as a launch title.
With just over 2 days to go, we can now offer Sponsorship Deals to companies who want to be featured in Spectrum Addict Load “Film 2”. Hollywood do it – we see enough Audis, Nike and Addidas product placements in every single movie, why not in SA2? (discretely, of course).
This can be done in two ways : either as the film opens, the opening logo of RaM Films will then be followed by “in association with” and your company logo, as sponsor. And/or we could film one of the films “recreations” at your company, depending on suitability.
Prices vary, please email email@example.com if you are interested – we will agree a deal, and then it’s entered on the Kickstarter page under “Make a pledge without a reward”. Again, thank you to all those who have supported the film! You’ve been amazing.
If Spectrum Addict: LOAD “FILM 2” is backed (just over 3 days to go now, and getting soooo close...) Jim Bagley has kindly agreed to be interviewed about the intricacies of the Spectrum NEXT – questions will be about inception, design, programming, problems bringing it to life etc . It will be the very final interview conducted prior to mastering DVDs and BluRays of the new film – so the most up-to-date info on the NEXT!
With just four days to go, it’s Spectrum Addict: Load “Film 2”: Competition Time. I have 10 (TEN) very rare signed A3 very high quality posters of the original Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict artwork up for grabs. All you have to do is back the new film. :-)
If the Kickstarter succeeds, 10 lucky Spectrum addicts will have this prized artwork as a gift (names in a hat scenario), signed by the master craftsman himself: Mr Oliver Frey. So please spread the word. Tweet. FB. Instasnapchat. Whatever. It would be a pleasure to make this NEW Spectrum film.
Latest Update: 27 Oct 2917 - Improved Rewards & Perks for Load “Film 2” Backers
Spectrum Addict LOAD “FILM 2” is pretty much two-thirds funded, and I asked for feedback. Thank you! You guys helped me a lot. So, responding to feedback I wanted to a) state exactly what the NEW film will be about, and b) make some improvements to the pledges with added perks and bonuses if you back the new film.
A) For the sake of clarity, this film will focus on the new interviews (like with Mel Croucher and Jon Ritman), there will be a lot more about the history and technology of the Spectrum itself (and its variants, including the Amstrad takeover, with the tech side fulfilled with the help of Andy C Spencer from the Retro Computer Museum, because when I last visited, honestly: “I’ve seen things you people would never believe”); there’ll be much more about the GAMES themselves, with ‘guest’ reviews, we’ll be covering ALL the magazines this time – and there will only be the odd snippet from unused footage taken from the first film if I feel it’s appropriate.
Load “Film 2” is NOT a Frankenstein feature of bolted together old bits. It’s a brand NEW film.
B) I’m adding to the perks. Now EVERYBODY who backs the film will have their name in the end credits. For the £50 and above pledges, your name will more prominent in the film (outgoing initial credits, like the stars themselves) as opposed to en-masse in the list of names you normally see at the end, plus you’ll also get three signed photographs of the film’s stars (I’m currently negotiating, but many have agreed) as an added perk for your extra pennies.
C) Finally, everybody who pledges £10 and above will receive a link to watch the first film online (non-download SD) version.
hope this adds clarity and helps improve your incentive to back this Kickstarter in its final week.
Thank you! Andy.
Santa brought me a ZX Spectrum 48K, Christmas 1984. My Aunty Ann gave me ten whole pounds, with which I purchased Knight Lore, and within weeks my paper-round money and (shh, dinner money – I survived on crisp sandwiches) meant I could buy one full-price game a week. I lived the Spectrum. I breathed the Spectrum. It was in my blood and in my soul. I was addicted!
Spectrum Addict: LOAD “FILM 2” will be a NEW labour of love.
In this NEW FILM there will be MORE – MORE about the games we loved, MORE about the magazines we loved, walking into Boots and WHSmiths and drooling over the computers we couldn’t afford... there will stuff on the peripherals, those lovely Microdrives, ZX Interfaces, joysticks, the progression of the Spectrum from 16K right through to Amstrad’s takeover and the +3.
Yes, we will be talking to industry figures, but we’ll be talking to Indie Devs and people in the Homebrew Scene as well. This is a new film - not Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict, but Spectrum Addict+ (or dare I say it, +2).
NOW we're ready to make a NEW FILM! With interviews with ZX Spectrum veterans, indie devs and LOTS OF NEW STUFF especially about THE GAMES, the SPECTRUM itself, its HARDWARE and ADD-ONS, there will be nostalgic recreations and interviews with Spectrum people such as...
Mel Croucher (Video Game Pioneer, Automata UK, Pimania, Deus Ex Machina, iD, Deus Ex Machina 2...)
Jon Ritman (Bear Bovver, Match Day, Head Over Heels, Batman...)
Steve Marsden (Technician Ted, The Final Matrix, Costa Capers, City Slicker, Blood Brothers...)
John Gibson (Molar Maul, Zzoom, Stonkers, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Gift from the Gods, Cosmic Wartoad...)
Bo Jangeborg (Fairlight, Fairlight II, The Artist, The Artist II)
Fergus McNeil (Bored of the Rings, The Boggit, The Big Sleaze, The Colour of Magic...)
Phil South (former writer and tipster for YOUR SINCLAIR) has very kindly agreed to tell the story of Your Sinclair magazine in the new film...
Nick Roberts (CRASH reviewer and later Playing Tips guru...)
Shaun McClure (Graphic Artist & Author...)
Jim Bagley (A behind the scenes where Jim wears his special NEXT hat...)
LOAD “FILM 2” – The Spectrum Indie & Homebrew Scene
The Spectrum just keeps on going and going and going... so there will be a large chapter dedicated to those people who help keep it alive. The Retro Gamers. The Homebrewers.
These (currently) include:
Luca Bordoni – Land of Mire Mare – Luca says, “I discovered the ARCADE GAME DESIGNER tool by Jonathan Cauldwell... the first thing jumped in my head, reading the AGD manual, was the possibility to build a professional ARCADE ADVENTURE! So I told myself... "let's try, let's try to make a tribute to the ULTIMATE PLAY THE GAME adventures... why not, let's try to make MIRE MARE a reality!"
Simon Ullyatt – Cronosoft – A non-profit making publisher of retro games on the Spectrum and (shh) other retro gaming platforms.
Jonathan Cauldwell – Best known for his Egghead games and the brilliant Arcade Game Designer, JC is a true stalwart of the Homebrew Scene.
Matej Jan – Who runs Retronator and Retronator Magazine, Matej blogs and is also a cool artist now making pixels for the Spectrum and the NEXT.
Paul Jenkinson – Paul runs a monthly YouTube channel called The Spectrum Show, is the author of many games on the Spectrum, publishes a PDF magazine and produced many AGD tutorials!
Graham Richards – GRAZ has run Monument Micro Games since 2013, and also helps out at Cronosoft when he’s not busy (when are we ever not busy?).
Stephen Stuttard – Also known as ‘The Mad Scanner’ (not really) Mr S scanned 4000 tapes at 600dpi, plus manuals and boxes, much of his scanned stuff you’ll find on WoS but at the moment most of his stuff is at https://archive.org/details/@zzapmort – his work output in the field of preservation has been staggering! Go check it out.
(with a few more VERY SPECIAL special guests to be announced shortly!)
PLUS unseen clips from Andrew Hewson, Clive Townsend, Jas Austin, Jon Hare, Oliver Frey, Roger Kean, Kevin Toms, Mark R. Jones, Mev Dinc, Rich Stevenson, Rick Dickinson, Simon Butler, Steve Turner, Steve Wetherill... plus there will be LOTS MORE actual Spectrum game footage in the film – just to give you that nostalgic Ready Brek glow.
The original film was divided into “chapters” separated by Spectrum loading screen$, so it was clear what topic was being discussed in any given chapter. LOAD “FILM 2” will follow a similar structure, but with shorter, more eclectic chapters, broadening the range of topics discussed: for example, talks about specific games, the Spectrum industry as a whole, the fans, and the Spectrum as it is now...
Lots of people have said amazingly nice things about Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict. Here are some of them, including messages from industry veterans...
Jim Bagley – “An awesome peek behind the scenes of the ZX Spectrum’s part in the games industry, and its impact on gamers!”
Simon Butler – “A window to the past that shaped the future of games!”
Retro Domination – “A very candid look into the history of the Speccy from Britain’s gaming greats of yesteryear.”
Andy Spencer – “A fantastic journey into what it was like to actually be part of something very special – the ZX Spectrum really did change people’s lives. Absolutely fantastic.”
Jas Austin – “A nostalgia-filled trip down 8-bit memory lane!”
Mark R. Jones – “At last, the ZX Spectrum has its first film! Future generations will now be able to experience what it was like.”
Steve Turner – “We loved the film, it was both interesting and very nostalgic, I am sure Spectrum fans will also love it. I thought you had really captured the spirit and dedication in the interviews.”
Jas Austin – “So proud to be a part of this unmissable documentary... brought back so many wonderful memories!”
Rob – “It’s really well done, and genuinely interesting, and you owe it to yourself to go and take a look at it (you can buy downloads as well as DVDs, Blu-Rays etc).” ... “I hugely enjoyed it, I could listen to Bagley, Hare, Turner (etc) all night long” ... “Anyway, stop reading this and go and watch the damn movie.”
Neil Wright – “I’ve watched it. What a joy! I didn’t want it to end. I loved the Speccy loading screens for the chapters and the topics of conversation were really interesting.”
James Shade – “Sat there with a grin on my face the whole time – loving it. Great to see what life was like inside the Spectrum industry whilst I was busy saving pocket money to buy games and magazines!”
Glenn Edwards – “Great work on the movie. It’s amazing what you’ve achieved. I’m one of the early Kickstarter backers, and have been enjoying the digital download, whilst I wait for my BluRay copy”
Neil Davies – “My wife is not happy with you as the film changed out Saturday afternoon plans! Lol. Love the film, enjoyed it from start to finish (and then back to several parts again). A lot of happy memories and familiar faces. I’ll salvage what’s left of Saturday afternoon – if the Mrs is still talking to me ;-) .”
Steve Meert – “Wonderful film and I really enjoyed it... fantastic work and it brought back some very fond memories.”
Eddie Evans – “I’m watching it now, and loving it, brings back some happy memories.”
Chris A – “Brilliant film. A wonderful way to spend two hours, my jaw frequently open!”
There was an interview about the film in Retro Gamer Magazine, the premiere major retro game magazine in the world, alongside a review where Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict received “PICK OF THE MONTH” and the magazine said lots of nice things about the film, such as:
“It gives a charming insight into why so many people love Sir Clive Sinclair’s 8-bit micro”
and “there’s a heart and personality to Memoirs which is missing from many of its peers”
and “This passion is best summed up in the re-enactments, which show a young Andy opening his first Spectrum and snuggling up in bed to read the latest issue of Crash magazine...”
and “It’s a delightful labour of love”.
Here are some links to other reviews of the first Spectrum Addict film:
It’s a Pixel Thing:
Due to personal problems I was late with the original film MoaSA – for which I apologise. But the community supported me, and were nothing but gracious and wonderful – thank you! You saved my ass. However, because I felt so much pressure to get the film made due to its lateness, there were some amazing Spectrum developers I never got round to interviewing. This, coupled with the fact I still have many hours of fascinating unused footage (much of which I am making available as free mini films to the original backers), it just seemed like a natural progression to make… a second film! If Guardians of the Galaxy can have a Vol.2, then so can my Spectrum film (went my thinking). Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict is now OUT THERE and you can buy it (alongside currently finished mini-films [Steve Turner: running length 40 mins, Jim Bagley: running length 43 mins, Jas Austin: running length 39 mins], and soon Simon Butler and Mark R. Jones... all free to original backers or people who buy the original film) from:
If I missed anybody, drop me a message! And if you want to be included here, also drop me a message!
Risks and challenges
Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict took longer to make than originally anticipated. This was due to some serious personal life issues. Now there are no serious issues and so this NEW FILM Spectrum Addict: LOAD “FILM 2” can confidently be made between 6-12 months – and definitely closer to 6.
Please support this film, and join us on a journey down an even longer corridor of Spectrum history...
- (30 days)