About this project
What’s it about?
Indie Game: The Movie is a feature documentary about video games, their creators and the craft. The film follows the dramatic journeys of indie game developers as they create their games, and as they release those works, and themselves, to the world.
Indie Game: The Movie is about making video games, but at its core, it’s about the creative process and exposing yourself through your work.
The film tells the emotional story of a two-man team, Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, as they craft and release their first major game for XBOX, "Super Meat Boy". It follows Phil Fish, the creator of the highly- anticipated game, "Fez", as he shows it for the first time in 4 years at the giant gaming expo, PAX EAST. And, the film tells behind-the-scenes story an independent designer, Jonathan Blow, who made one of highest-rated video games of all-time, "Braid".
Four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal - to express one’s self through a video game.
We are extremely excited/proud/lucky to announce that the uber-talented Canadian musician, Jim Guthrie, will be composing the music for the film. In case you don’t know Jim, he is the composer/collaborator/muse behind this year's much-lauded indie game release, Superbrothers: Sword and Swocery EP. (It is beautiful and magical - check it out now if you haven’t!). You can check his soundtrack ('The Ballad of the Space Babies') and more of his great work on Bandcamp.
The Current Status & Why We Need YouWe're done filming and have a very solid rough cut. The finish line is wonderfully close and we’re on target to have IGTM complete in mid-August.
If you like what you see in the trailer and on the website,
please consider pre-ordering your copy today. These pre-orders are really help us
make the film better.
So far, we’ve done everything ourselves on this project. The producing, directing, cinematography, editing, and writing for the feature film and all the web videos we’ve made during the process. But, now we need some help from others and support to get the feature film done right and taken to the next level, technically-speaking.
We're looking for help with the finishing costs of the feature film (audio, colour, and mastering) in order to make this movie the best possible version of itself.
To date, this project has been solely funded by the original Kickstarter campaign, website pre-orders and personal savings (often ill-advised in the film world :)
Please pass on the trailer and tell your friends about the project. We hope to get a lot of people to see this film, hear these stories and learn more about indie games. Many thanks!
The Regular Edition DVD
The DVD will include the film, deleted scenes, videos about the making of the film, a directors commentary and a real-time commentary of the film from Edmund and Tommy of Team Meat. Basically, we plan to cram as much extra features as we can on the regular edition. Whatever can not fit (which will be a lot) will find a home on the Special Edition.
The Special Edition DVD
The Special Edition will everything in the regular edition DVD, as well as feature new content, stories behind other notable indie games, and expert discussions about games and game design. We will be telling these stories individually and thoroughly, with the same polish and motion graphic treatment of the feature film.
The Digital Download Pre-order
Today, we're now taking digital pre-orders for the film! (Please note that this will include only the main film itself and NOT any of the extra / special features.)
But, now, what if you ordered a DVD version over the past year, you'd prefer a digital version? Our solution: You'll get both :)
All DVD and Special Edition pre-orders from start of the project until the end of our latest Kickstarter campaign, will get a digital copy free of charge. After this date, digital copies will likely be sold separately.
The Release Plans
We're hoping to screen the feature film at some festivals and create a number special event screenings this Fall.
Our goal is to release the DVD, the digital download, and the DVD educational version/license by the end of this year or very early in 2012.
The Special Edition will be release in early 2012. However, those backers will not be left in the cold and will receive a digital copy when the digital version / regular DVD is released.
Who have we filmed with?
Over the course of production, we have filmed with the following people - all of whom make appearances in either the film or the film’s Special Edition: Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes (Super Meat Boy), Phil Fish and Renaud Bédard (Fez), Jonathan Blow (Braid/The Witness), Ron Carmel (World of Goo), Alec Holowka (Aquaria/Marian), Derek Yu (Aquaria/Spelunky), Steph Thirion (Eliss/Faraway), David Hellman (Braid), Adam Saltzman (Canabalt/Gravity Hook), Jason Rohrer (Passage/Sleep is Death), Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen (Flower/Journey), Matthew Wegner (Flashbang/Blurst), Chevy Ray (Beacon/Flashpunk), Mark Johns (Hot Throttle/Space Barnacle), Mark Essen (NIDHOGG/Flywrench), Erin Robinson (Puzzle Bots), Jeff Lindsay (Hacker Dojo), Steve Swink and Scott Anderson (Shadow Physics), Kyle Pulver (Snapshot), Simon Carless (UBM TechWeb Game Network), Brandon Boyer (The Independent Games Festival), Anthony Carboni (Bytejacker), Gus Mastrapa (Contributor Wired, EGM, Edge), Jamin Warren (Kill Screen/Former Reporter, The Wall Street Journal), Chris Dahlen (Kill Screen/Pitchfork/Onion AV Club), and Ken Schachter (Trapdoor/Warp).