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Indie Game: The Movie Trailer Likely to Make You Tear Up

Filmmaking duo also looking for financing as movie enters the home stretch.

I'm not a huge fan of the term "indie" because it forces developers into a stereotype, but I dare you to try and not fall head over heels in love with Indie Game: The Movie after watching its trailer. You may have seen filmmakers James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot trudging around massive film equipment to places like PAX the past year or so, as they've put together Indie Game: The Movie.

Indie Game: The Movie follows Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes as they launch Super Meat Boy, Phil Fish showing Fez for the first time and the genesis of Jonathan Blow's Braid.

The film has been shot and edited, but in order to put that final coat of paint on--audio, color, mastering--Swirsky and Pajot are looking for a little help through a second Kickstarter campaign.

"So far, we’ve done everything ourselves on this project," reads the Kickstarter page, hoping to raise $35,000. "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."

Given the Kickstarter is already at $21,000 (as of this writing, anyway), it's probably not going to take very long before Indie Game: The Movie has everything it needs. I can't wait to see it myself.

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Posted by patrickklepek

I'm not a huge fan of the term "indie" because it forces developers into a stereotype, but I dare you to try and not fall head over heels in love with Indie Game: The Movie after watching its trailer. You may have seen filmmakers James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot trudging around massive film equipment to places like PAX the past year or so, as they've put together Indie Game: The Movie.

Indie Game: The Movie follows Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes as they launch Super Meat Boy, Phil Fish showing Fez for the first time and the genesis of Jonathan Blow's Braid.

The film has been shot and edited, but in order to put that final coat of paint on--audio, color, mastering--Swirsky and Pajot are looking for a little help through a second Kickstarter campaign.

"So far, we’ve done everything ourselves on this project," reads the Kickstarter page, hoping to raise $35,000. "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."

Given the Kickstarter is already at $21,000 (as of this writing, anyway), it's probably not going to take very long before Indie Game: The Movie has everything it needs. I can't wait to see it myself.

Edited by Ezlo

This looks interesting.

Also, any Fez news is good news, even if it's old news that really isn't news.

Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff

I've already given them some money for this. Looking forward to the final product!

Posted by paulithon

really really want to see it

Posted by RE_Player1

I didn't really like Braid... that is all.

Seriously though looks like a fun movie but I hope it's not too much up it's own ass.

Posted by buft

I have no money, i really cant help

Posted by Wrighteous86

I don't really like indie games but this looks like a well-made and interesting documentary.

Posted by colinjw

I want to see this. As someone who is looking to getting into games seeing what guys like Blow did and do is really cool.

Posted by wafflez

@ 2:09 is that guy looking at GB?

Posted by valrog

That was...

Posted by TwoLines
@wafflez said:

@ 2:09 is that guy looking at GB?

Yep. That's the video with Brad playing Super Meat Boy. I think it's Lemon's video.
Posted by Ezlo

@wafflez said:

@ 2:09 is that guy looking at GB?

Yeah, looks like Brad playing The Kid's warp zone.

Posted by HatKing

I think I'll need to contribute to this once I get some money. hah...

Posted by The_Nubster
@groin said:

first

How's not getting the quest?
Posted by StingerMK2

this looks fascinating as hell, and i can't wait to see it

Posted by Jaloper

@wafflez: Yeah it looks like the Lemon Lens of Brad doing The Kid's warpzone.

Posted by Little_Socrates

This looks really cool. Didn't tear up, but it's really cool looking.

Posted by wafflez

@TwoLines said:

@wafflez said:

@ 2:09 is that guy looking at GB?

Yep. That's the video with Brad playing Super Meat Boy. I think it's Lemon's video.

Thats what I thought! Also, backing this project.

Posted by groin

@The_Nubster said:

@groin said:

first

How's not getting the quest?

I already had it.

Posted by DeF

pledged my $75 for the special edition an hour ago!
 
looks really really nice!

Posted by WhatTheDang

Bad Facial Hair: An Indie Game Movie

Posted by MisterMouse

Watched the trailer last night, seems like it could be pretty cool.

Posted by Cribba

I'm not a huge fan of the term "indie" because it forces developers into a stereotype


This is exactly what this trailer does.
Posted by blacklab

@RE_Player92 said:

I didn't really like Braid... that is all.

I'm glad I'm not alone.

Posted by JammyMan

This looks awesome, have wondered for too long what it might be like to quit the day job and take the plunge to make my own...

Posted by bybeach

Was this satire? I can't tell. the creepy charactor from Braid tells me yes.

Posted by patrickklepek

@Cribba said:

I'm not a huge fan of the term "indie" because it forces developers into a stereotype

This is exactly what this trailer does.

It's less about personality stereotype than it is about what "indie" / "independent" means.

Posted by ApertureSilence

I did the $35 option for the DVD, but I would have paid way more to finance a Blu-Ray version.

Posted by FugitiveJ

When is Indie Game: The Movie: The Video Game coming out?

Posted by MrCellophane
@RE_Player92 said:

 I hope it's not too much up it's own ass.

Could look that way...
Posted by ConstantRyan
@blacklab said:

@RE_Player92 said:

I didn't really like Braid... that is all.

I'm glad I'm not alone.

Take that back you two wrong opinion-havin' J-Blow not likingers.
Posted by MysteriousBob

These guys look like a bunch of douchebags. Stop trying to force some weird artistic justification into your games. We played Braid because it was a fun puzzle game, not because 'it goes into deepest emotions'. Its a video game, not art. Get out of your own arse.

Posted by Aeterna

tear up my walley you mean!

This looks really good, I'm looking forward to the end result.

Posted by ZagZagovich

 
This is all well and good but I would be more interested in Tom's game. Remember thatnutcase who tried to get Nintendo to release his game on DS by locking himself in a room with a webcam on? Whatever happened to that guy?

Edited by Absolute_Zero

@Wrighteous86: That's a blanket statement if I ever saw one. What didn't you like about the indie games you've played?

@ZagZagovich: Ah, yes. I had forgotten about Bob's Game until I saw this: http://indiegames.com/2011/06/the_nd_indie_handheld_game_sys.html

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Also, I agree with you Patrick (about "indie" forcing a stereotype). This quote from this article came to mind when I read that:

"Indie doesn't mean a heap to me, but it still means a lot of things to a lot of people," [Alexander] Bruce[, creator of Hazard: The Journey of Life] told me. "They're the ones who can make whatever classifications they want. It doesn't matter either way.

"I'd probably rather just be known as a game designer."

Posted by Zamir

it was kickstarter project way back i remember i gave them a dollar and it looks like they did good

Posted by KeepThisKoupon

so much facial hair

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

So it's an indie film about indie games? Sold!

Posted by BrianP

@MysteriousBob: I'm not really sure where you are getting that. They are talking about their motives for making a game, not saying what you should get out of them. I think if you looked at creators of video games on any level they would all have "artistic justification" for doing it.

Posted by TerraDelu

It looks amazing, but for a film about creative people, it sure has a super-generic title.

Posted by StarFoxA

@MysteriousBob: If you watch some of the videos on their website, you'll get more what they mean. They're talking about their inspiration for their games, like how McMillen's childhood and fascination with otherworldly creatures has influenced a lot of his work. It's not what you got out of the game, it's what they put into it.

Posted by Kyreo

Who do I have to throw my wallet at?

Posted by bmarie82

Firstly, I really like the 'outside the box' type stories you've been posting Patrick. I just finished reading the articles you posted about gaming with aspbergers (ugh, spelling fail) and I like the articles about the gaming... I dunno community? World? Whatever the articles about people who are into gaming as opposed to just games themselves. Not that I dislike the articles about specific games, I just like the spice you're snapping into.

Also I'm pretty into seeing this, I've become obsessed with documentaries ever since getting netflix.

Posted by Heavy_Sofa

Looks interesting, I've always wanted to see what goes into making an indie game

Posted by CookieMonster

That actually looks quite interesting. 

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Posted by Crono
@MysteriousBob said:
These guys look like a bunch of douchebags. Stop trying to force some weird artistic justification into your games. We played Braid because it was a fun puzzle game, not because 'it goes into deepest emotions'. Its a video game, not art. Get out of your own arse.
Yeah! That's what Super Meat Boy was for!
Edited by The_Nubster
@groin said:

@The_Nubster said:

@groin said:

first

How's not getting the quest?

I already had it.

You deprived a pour soul of the chance. ): 
 
Edit: poor. Dammit.
Posted by ashbash

That trailer has me really impressed!

Posted by MariachiMacabre

This movie is something I will buy.

Posted by Klei

I watched the video, but I didn't find any reason to shed some tears. It's just dudes trying to make money with their video games. Yeah.

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