Pixels and Polygons: An Indie Game Developer Story at it's core, is a self shot documentary being produced to give insight into the life of a "starving artist", or in this case, an independent games developer as he journeys through life, culminating on a stage, with what could be a chance at becoming successful as a professional.
The documentary is shot over 4 months time, and follows artist Richard Cook, under the company AdaptivElite, as he trudges through the trials of becoming a sustainable professional, and the push to help create a successful game and company. The story culminates at the PAX East 2013 game expo in Boston, MA, where Richard and AdaptivElite debut their hard work on one of gaming's biggest stages, in what could be their one and only shot at success.
Made entirely of self shot footage, the documentary aims at a more personal take on the life of an indie developer, and uncovers the pains and struggles of everyday life, balancing 2 jobs, little money, and a role in the industry.
The edited version of the film will debut on YouTube and Vimeo online services for free in early June 2013, with an extended, uncut version available that includes bonus content and interviews for extra purchase. Part of the Kickstarter funds will allow me to finish this in a timely manner and promote it.
Pro Janitor Police
The game project focus of the documentary, Pro Janitor Police is a sidescroller/platformer game, slated for release in June 2013. The game will feature arcade style action and fast paced, physics based platforming with a quirky narrative and appeal. Most of the funding from the Kickstarter will go back to my team that has worked so hard to get this game to where it is, and help us to complete it and release it on time.
As an added initiative, GameStarr Arts will be an online collective of free educational material and tutorials focused on the games industry. The in progress project will focus on the creation of a website featuring 100% free educational content, including videos on learning programs, to videos about industry advice all for free and open to the public. We will also conduct live workshops with myself and several professionals in the industry at a premium to continue to fund the site. Part of the funding will go to starting up this initiative.
Contributor Reward Concepts
Risks and challenges
Main concerns can include how well received the documentary is, how well the game is received, and how much content can be implemented on the website at launch. For the documentary itself, being self shot, produced, and edited will require a lot of time to complete by myself. There are also the standard concerns with creating and maintaining a website and it's content. While I understand the ramifications of taking on this much on my own, the funding of this campaign will allow me to dedicate as much time as possible to it's completion and continuation.
Also, I am not alone, and that is probably the single biggest strength in creating something of such magnitude. While most of the work can be done by a single person, and will likely be done by myself, I also have a great team of people within AdaptivElite who are talented in multiple disciplines both professionally and experimentally, and are constantly helping me with securing issues that arise.
Being volunteers of our own for such time, and with such a little demand for money, we all want the same thing. We have accomplished great things already and look to accomplish more. The team is strong and behind me and all of our projects.
Every dollar counts! For this contribution you will get my sincere thanks! Seriously, I'll put up a large "wall of thanks" on the GameStarrArts website(when it launches) with everyone's name on your own badge for all who contributed, all the way down to even $1. Every little bit shows me that people cared to see this all come to light.
Every $5 will receive their name on the "wall of thanks" and get a pre-order of Pro Janitor Police, with the exclusive "Mop of Truth" bonus weapon for Kickstarter contributers only! Coming out in June! A sincere thanks and a game with an awesome exclusive weapon addition = $5 well spent.
Here's where things get interesting. On top of being on the "wall of thanks" and a pre-order download of Pro Janitor Police(with exclusive weapon!), you will get a digital download, extended version of the documentary with extra interviews and footage. The extended documentary is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes(45 minutes longer), and includes several new interviews with members from the company and the game industry, as well as new footage not seen in the free version of the film.
Stackable rewards! Gotta love em! For $20, you'll get all the previous rewards, PLUS free purchase codes for our next 3 games with exclusive Kickstarter content(TBA), all slated to release before the end of the year. So that's 4 games, plus a digital download extended version of the film, and your name on the wall of thanks AND the special thanks film credits, along with the peace of mind that you helped out some starving artists trying to change the world. What could be better?
Here's the awesome one. For $50, you will get all previous rewards(of course), and a packaged version of the documentary with extended interviews and footage on DVD, in special packaging, with a large form special exclusive art book enclosed, featuring game art and more from Daniel Worley and Richard Cook, with a personal signed thank you note. This is a very personal thank you for believing in us.
The creators reward! What could be better than saying you contributed a piece of art or a song to a videogame?! For a $100 contribution, you will receive all previous rewards, and we will feature your art or music in a game of ours! If you are not an artist or composer, we will discuss a similar opportunity.
We will contact you when we are ready to use your content in game, and you will be credited in the game as a guest artist or composer.
Guidelines to follow include no profanity or explicit art, and all submissions will be regulated at the discretion of the company before being published in game.
The learners reward! Some of us could all use a little helping hand sometimes. For this HUGE contribution, you'll receive all previous rewards, along with (5) private tutoring sessions with myself, Richard Cook of GameStarrArts. Whether you are learning 3D, 2D, or just want to discuss general game industry knowledge or happenings, you will have (5) 3 hour sessions of my personal assistance for anything you are working on or interested in. I will even create a training curriculum for you based on consulting of the first session. Scheduling can be negotiated, and sessions will be conducted via Skype.
The gift of greatness! Since I would be blown away if anyone decided to contribute this much money to my cause, I would definitely have to repay in kind. With all of the above rewards of course, if you happen to have your own project, be it a film, a game, a show, anything.. I'll contribute my talents in any way I can. I'll create custom art for you, I'll play a part in your project, I'll even do the worm(yes I can actually do that).. anything to extend my gratitude for such a belief in my ideas. We'll talk, and we'll figure out how I can make your contribution just!