So interesting to see how people perceive Kickstarter. The film was released over a year later than you originally anticipated when you listed the project, but this is the 51st project update: you kept backers in the loop every step of the way. There was a moment of frustration when I knew people at a film festival were seeing it before your original backers, but I know that's the way film festivals work.
There's no question that this, along with Double Fine Adventure, are the best Kickstarter projects I've ever backed. I love everything about the movie, the way you made it, and your incredibly detailed case studies on the blog. I've seen it three times, and cried every time. The best portrayal of the agony (and joy) of the creative process I've ever seen.
Thank you for taking the leap to develop it in the open, and for bringing all of us along for the ride.
So....2 1/2 years after I helped fund this product I finally have the DVD in my hands. And it pains me to write this, but I was not impressed by how this project unfolded. At the very beginning I was very excited, and watched with amazement as the movie garnered acclaim, widespread recognition, and, ultimately, was optioned by HBO. But as time went on I became increasingly irked by being on the outside of all of this - having put my money in at the very beginning, I felt like I was the last to see anything about it.
I watched it a few months ago on a stream, and didn't love it. I wanted to. I tried. But between the lack of overall narrative and Phil Fish's completely unlikeable character, I felt myself wishing the entire film had only been about Team Meat - two dedicated game developer, whose story was both touching and passionately told.
Today I picked the video up from the post office and was charged £11.15 for that pleasure, since inexplicably you shipped it as paid merchandise.
I really wanted to be a super fan of this project and the process that created it. Instead, I'm left feeling mostly cheated and disappointed.
James, Lisanne, congratulations on releasing the movie and its acceptance. I enjoyed watching the movie, and seeing how both of your personalities were deeply embedded in the sight, sound and feel of the movie is even more fascinating. I look forward to seeing more releases from you guys.
My wife and I watched it on release day and LOVED the movie so much. I watched the next night as well with a friend and planned to just play my 3DS while he watched it, but I ended up not playing my 3DS at all because I was so glued to the film. You guys have made a fantastic movie and I am so happy that I got to be a part of it!
Looking forward to seeing it!
Hi Lisanne, hi James
Just watched the movie and enjoyed it very much. Money well spent, thank you!