So I was wondering if anyone is thinking about making a documentary about Giantbomb. If not then I am very interested in doing so. You could call it How to Build a Bomb ( yes I know about the original video series they did, just a working title). It could span the guys' childhoods and how they got into games, lead into the gamespot days and end with the hiring of Patrick and the future of the site and the guys. Just wanted to throw the idea out there. It might sound far-fetched to actually pull off, but I wanted to see what people thought.
I have envisioned such a thing but it would require unfettered access to the giant bomb dudes, their willingness to share more info then maybe we already (their feelings on stuff?) and require a lot of people giving a shit about the project. Maybe even funding.
The better person to be in touch with would be the giant bomb guys and if they dont answer it's probably they don't want to do it.
I've had the idea, but I never gave it any serious consideration. As a film student and a frequenter of the site for a few years, I feel like I would probably be capable of doing it, but to make such a film would not only require full support by the whole crew but it would also take time (on both the filmmaker's part as well as the guys') and a decent amount of cash. You also have to think about what the documentary itself would be about. Just interviewing them, recording their lives, and giving backstory on them likely wouldn't make for a very interesting film to anyone outside the community or familiar with the guys. The best documentaries construct a narrative and an argument. I'm not convinced the guys has lives that are dramatic enough to warrant documentation, and they would probably agree (and they probably prefer it that way).
Giant Bomb is not Polygon. Let's keep it that way.
A fan-made documentary is entirely different than having your marketing company make one. Also, Polygon's whole thing was ridiculous because they weren't even a site yet, but Giant Bomb has a sizeable and established history. Almost all of the Giant Bomb guys are some of the most well respected members of the games "journalism" industry.
I'd watch it and love it if the makers were giving all the access they'd need to really make something great.
I always thought the "origin" story of Giant Bomb could have made for a great dokumentary. Someone Jeffs whole arch after he got fired, the other guys quitting and following him, setting up GB, having succes with the site and eventually being sold back to CBS. That could have been a great movie about corperate ethics, friendship, Jeff's determination to do something different and how corperate "suits" still decided his future even after he tried to get away from all (with Whiskey's sale of GB to CBS).
Right now, I don't think there's much of a movie to be found in just filming the guys and having them talk about the video games and the business. There's no conflict and you need conflict to create a good story. As a fan I would obviously watch any movie about the guys, but I don't think a movie like that would have a lot of merit outside of this community. Besides considering the tousands of hours of footage and sound there are of the guys from the last 5 years, we have a pretty big mirror into their lives already.