I’m a huge fan of films and also a huge fan of video games obviously, so when they’re combined my attention is usually piqued. Documentaries on my favorite pastime are especially interesting, and I still feel that Indie Game: The Movie deserves some serious accolades. It’s always good to see other aspiring filmmakers take a stab at portraying video games too, which is why I’m excited for the film World 1-1. This brand new documentary is being produced by Florida-based filmmakers Daryl Rodriguez and Jeanette Garcia and hopes to delve into an area that many gamers may not be too familiar with: the origins of the art from. They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the film, and if their pitch video is any indication of what’s in store then I can’t wait to see the entire thing.
As the title implies, World 1-1 will not be a singular experience. The idea is to create a series of documentaries covering as much about the history of video games as possible. The first documentary will focus primarily on the early days of Atari, the booming arcade scene, and the classic games that we still cherish to this day, such as Pong and Space Invaders. World 1-1 will also delve into three particular aspects of this era: the business deals that helped to create the industry, the pioneers in game design that set the foundation for modern titles, and the engineers whose innovative technology made everything possible. It won’t just be a history lesson, however, as the filmmakers are taking a narrative-based approach in order to best the tell this highly important story that any self-respecting gamer should be familiar with.
So far the project is pretty far along according to the Kickstarter page. The film’s script is complete and the filmmakers have confirmed interviews with a number of pivotal figures and gaming personalities. Notable interviewees include Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari), David Crane (co-founder of Activision), Dona Bailey (co-creator of Centipede), and many more individuals who had an influential hand in making video games the powerhouse entertainment medium it is today. However, if the team can’t reach their funding goal then none of this will happen, as they need the funding to be able to travel to do the interviews and to push the film into full production. So if you’re interested in learning more about the history of games and also enjoy a good movie, now’s a good time to bring those two passions together.