Status Update, Cast Member #1, and Crew
Hey everyone, Philip Jones here, director of Gaming in Color. It's been a while since we've sent out a Kickstarter update, so I hope everyone has been watching our social media for news on our work! It's been great seeing so many people caring for this film, and it inspires us daily. We want this documentary to change the world.
Just earlier this week, I got to see the first full rough draft of Gaming in Color. Yes, we are that close to being ready to release. The film has been shot to completion, and with only a few more editing touches we will have a finished movie. For me, this is almost as exciting as the first moment I actually saw everything come together. All creators want their project to be stunning and meaningful in a special way, beyond rhetoric. It's really difficult to describe the feeling I got viewing the documentary even in its earliest form, hearing the stories from all our amazing cast members, the way their points and experiences blend together so seamlessly due to the work of our amazingly talented editor. I am beyond excited for everyone to see the documentary soon. When you all watch Gaming in Color, I think you will agree that so much credit goes to the people on screen and Ryan Paul who not only edited the entire film on his own, but also filmed many of the interviews himself, tying diverse stories together.
Over the next few weeks, you'll be introduced to all the amazing cast members that make up Gaming in Color. Starting with today, meet Matt Conn!
Matt Conn is a gay gaming titan, best known for being the founder and CEO of MidBoss, the company that put on the GaymerX convention for over 2,300 gay gamers last year in San Francisco, creating a safe space for LGBTQ identified geeks. He is also the creative director of MidBoss Games, who are working on their first title, Read Only Memories, that seeks to include queer characters in a positive way. GaymerX2 returns to San Francisco this July, and will have a playable version of Read Only Memories for all convention attendees. Please support their campaign to help fund the second convention. Matt has been extremely supportive of Gaming in Color, and has a lot of things to say about the video games industry and its inclusion of queer characters. @mattconn
You'll see more of the cast members in future updates, so stay tuned! Next I want to introduce you to the editor and writer of Gaming in Color, Ryan Paul!
Ryan is an independent producer, editor, and documentarian who is always looking for a new story to tell. A self-proclaimed gay geek, ex-Mormon and Canadian American. He adores geek culture, science fiction, film, games and exploring the new corners of the internet. He lives with his husband in New York City, where they drink too much coffee and contemplate moving to Seattle. Last, but not least, he is mostly harmless. @ryandpaul
Ryan has been my right hand man (usually the other way around) all throughout the editing and post-production process, always going above and beyond to make the film that much better. Gaming in Color wouldn't be half of what it is without him. Keep a look out for an update video featuring Ryan soon!
And if you haven't met me yet.
As a queer youth and active gamer, Philip Jones is one of many with an emotional stake in this project. Although he didn't begin playing until the early 2000s, he has a lot of experience with recent generations and the shift to online. Diversity and positive acceptance in games, both in development and community culture, he hopes is something that can be truly achieved. When not directing Gaming in Color, Philip studies and wears too much flannel at his home in Texas. @ProBearCub
We see great things for Gaming in Color in the future. So much has proven that these stories deserve to be captured and told all around. Thank you for reading, and please spread the word. Gaming in Color is coming soon!