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Documentary series recommendation: Cloth Map

So far we have published one feature length documentary with space.games.film and several short documentaries. Until we are able to shoot again and actually have the means to make another long film, the question for you might be: what other game documentaries are around? Well, I have two recommendations that are very worthwhile. I’ll introduce the first one in this blog entry and the second one in the next.

Travel and gaming are wonderful topics per se, which can be packed together in documentaries. Cloth Map makes exciting travel documentaries with a focus on gaming. These (if you watch the individual videos per country in one go) medium-length documentaries not only deal with computer games, but also with the respective country, its inhabitants and their gaming culture.

For this, filmmaker Drew Scanlon has already been to the Chernobyl exclusion zone in the Ukraine, has given an insight into the underground gaming network in Cuba and visited e-sports players in Mongolia. This playlist offers a good overview of his work. Besides his “core films” there are also a lot of other videos like VLOGs and podcasts.

By the way: if you’re looking for easily digestible magazine reports for quick enjoyment about travel & gaming, you’ll find them in IGN’s Fast Travel series.

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Watch space.games.film for free

About two and a half years ago we celebrated the premiere of our first feature length documentary space.games.film during the Gamescom in a cinema in Cologne. The responses to the film were overwhelming. We received a lot of positive and heartwarming feedback, so that, at least for the evening of the premiere, all the troubles during the production process were forgotten. After the screening we talked to the protagonists and the premiere visitors until late into the night and enjoyed a fantastic conclusion to an eventful production.

Unfortunately, the film didn’t sell as expected. The costs for Vimeo, hosting and the domain alone still exceed the revenues considerably. The extremely positive feedback, however, continues to this day, which is a big part of the reason why we are still continuing.

So what now? Well, from now on we are also offering space.games.film for free! Whether for a cautious peek or a legal film experience for free – we are happy when the film is being watched. You have friends who are enthusiastic space sim fans? You know people who are interested in a game documentary? Then help us to make space.games.film better known and tell them about it. Click here to go directly to the film on YouTube.

You can also purchase it at shop.games.film. The retail version can be downloaded and contains no watermark and has a better quality than the one streamed on YouTube. If you like space.games.film and would like to show it to us without straight away buying it, invite us for a drink at the Cantina in the shop and give upcoming projects an extra boost!

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We have a shop now!

So far we have been distributing space.games.film on Vimeo and eventually on Steam. However, these two sales platforms have not been very well received. Through a survey we were able to assess where the difficulties lay. After a lot of thought and careful consideration, we decided some time ago to create a new opportunity to distribute space.games.film. The result: our own shop!

Here you can buy the movie and the soundtrack. The shop also invites you to a bit of browsing. In some places there are little hidden pop cultural references. Except in the cantina, where they are not hidden but very obvious 😉 And if you like what we do, we would be very happy if you support us by buying us a digital drink in the cantina.

For those who don’t know who we are and what we do, we have set up an extra page and named it “Starbase” in reference to the film. You can also reach it directly under: starbase.games.film

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The rediscovered first teaser

The other day, while cleaning up digitally, I rediscovered the very first teaser we had put together to give a first impression of space.games.film. Somewhere in the depths of the hard drives it resurfaced. Because the original version was constantly being edited, I actually assumed that it was lost forever.

Now, about three years later, you can clearly notice its prototype character, especially in direct comparison with the official trailer. And yet, it still does what it was supposed to do back then: give a first impression of the mood of the film.

Since the teaser is simply “outdated”, it is no longer part of our official videos. But of course we don’t want to withhold it from you.

 

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Film recommendation: Indie Game: The Movie

“Indie Game: The Movie” is a highly acclaimed, Kickstarter financed indie film, which despite its release in 2012, can still be seen as being representative of the emotional ups and downs of indie developers.

The film follows the team Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes during the development and subsequent release of Super Meat Boy, and lone wolf Phil Fish during the development and introduction at Pax of FEZ. Jonathan Blow also talks about his game Braid and what its following success brought about.

What makes the film special is its intimate relationship with the developers it accompanies. It documents not only the development process of the games presented, but also the emotional life of the people behind them. We often witness outbursts of emotion, which range from anger to joy.

Not only the film is highly recommended, but also the commentary track, in which the filmmakers tell many anecdotes from the production period. By the way, the film describes itself as “the first feature documentary film about making video games”. Is that true? Which films do you know, and which ones are older than Indie Game: The Movie?