About this project
Set against the backdrop of competitive classic video gaming, MAN VS SNAKE is a funny and compelling tale that tells the story of Nibbler, the first billion-point video game and Timothy McVey, the first person in history to reach this remarkable milestone.
Five years in the making, we wrapped principal photography this summer and are currently in post-production, preparing the cut for festival submission in the fall. We're turning to Kickstarter to help raise the necessary finishing funds to complete the film.
In 1984, 16 year-old Timothy McVey (not to be confused with Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City Bomber) walked into the legendary Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa Iowa; 44 ½ hours later he had recorded the highest score in video game history – on a single quarter. For 25 years, Tim's record stood as the highest verified video game score of the "Golden Age" of video games, or so he thought....
When a rumor surface of a higher score having been set in Italy, Tim embarks on a quest to reclaim his title from the Enrico Zanetti, an Italian kickboxing champion who may or may not be the reigning Nibbler world record holder.
Soon after, Tim is challenged to a Nibbler showdown by Dwayne Richard, a renowned Canadian video game champion. The stakes rise dramatically as each vows to be the first to reach "the billion" and set a new Nibbler world record. But it won't be easy. With 40+ hours of grueling, non-stop play ahead of them, the high score contest will be a test of wills to see who can hold out the longest. Both players will battle fatigue, aching limbs and swollen hands in a brutal competition they refer to grimly as “death in slow motion.” Pushed to his limit, Tim must fight to overcome his own demons (and the trials of middle age), or risk losing his legacy forever.
MAN VS SNAKE is a hilarious and heartfelt look at the enduring subculture of classic video gaming, where sometimes a game "is not just a game."
The film includes intimate interviews with the players, back-breaking days-long marathon attempts and unique archival footage from the 1980’s. Locations range from small town Iowa to Los Angeles, New Jersey, Denver, Chicago, Washington, Miami, Canada, and Italy. Also starring: Walter Day & Billy Mitchell (featured in THE KING OF KONG), Nibbler Programmers John Jaugilas & Joe Ulowetz, Joshua Bearman and others.
Exciting news! Inspired by our story, Don Bluth, legendary artist & animator and the creative force behind the video games Dragon's Lair and Space Ace, has created original poster art for MAN VS SNAKE. Check out the preview below. Thanks Don!
ATTENTION BATTLESTAR GALACTICA FANS!
We are now offering a limited edition, insanely awesome replica of the Battlestar Galactica Top Gun stein inscribed with a personal message from none other than Starbuck herself! Read more about it in the updates section of our page.
Bring a friend, nibble some popcorn and see the film before anyone else! Attend an exclusive Advanced Screening of MAN VS SNAKE in Los Angeles, New York, or Minneapolis. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
Now you can own a classic arcade game without the hassle of having to lug a giant, refrigerator sized cabinet into your living room. This mini Nibbler will look great in your office or sitting on top of your XBOX!
Limited edition Walter Day bobblehead. Every game room needs one!
Don Bluth created some amazing concept art while designing the poster for MAN VS SNAKE. Now they can be yours (see our rewards) and check the gallery on our website for more examples: http://manvssnake.com/don-bluth-gallery/ Each piece of art is signed by the artist and will be highly collectible once the film is released!
Yes, that's right. We're so committed to finishing this project we're even willing to part with our coveted Cylon War painting signed by members of the cast. This is a high quality giclée reproduction print on canvas made from the original prop. It was hand painted with a clear coat to protect the canvas with matching brush strokes. It is custom framed with the same frame used on the show and has a matching plaque reading "First Cylon War."
Even if you can't donate, we still want you to be part of or project!
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Feedback! So far, we've received a lot of great feedback about this project. People are really excited to see the finished film and we can't wait to share it with the world. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions on how to make this a great movie AND we'd love to hear what you think would help make our campaign even more successful -- tell us what perks you'd like us to offer and the kinds of updates you'd like from us.
Share your creativity! We're looking for creative partners to help us finish this project: animators, artists, designers, illustrators, musicians, etc. Contact us to see how you can help. Feel free send us your Nibbler/MvS fan art and we'll post in it on our MvS Facebook page!
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Media! Feel free to recommend our site to blogs, forums, websites, and media outlets such as television and newspapers -- basically, anyone you think might be interested. Exposure is a great way to help us reach our funding goal.
Join us! Be part of the team that helps make MAN VS SNAKE a reality, it's a really fun and inspirational film that we think will be entertaining for gamers and non-gamers alike.
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Thank you for taking the time to learn about our little film!
Risks and challenges
MAN VS SNAKE is still a work in progress, but fortunately, we've already overcome one major challenge: production. Our film is "in the can," which means we have collected all the great material necessary to make an amazing documentary.
The challenge we face now is crafting the best possible story (from the hundreds of hours of footage we've shot) into an 89 minute documentary. Luckily, because we have decades of professional editing experience between us (including over 100 hours of commercial television) we're confident in our ability to deliver a well told story.
If we fall short of our stretch goals, we may need to look for outside investment, find lower cost solutions to our creative needs, or make creative compromises. Although it is not necessary to have popular music and cutting edge animation to absolutely tell our story, reaching our funding goals will go a long way toward adding production value to the documentary and completing our creative vision.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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