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Friday, July 1 • 5:45pm - 6:45pm

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MINECRAFT (Special Geek Preview ^)
Documentary/Gaming / ~20 minutes/US/English

ABOUT MINECRAFT:    Over the past year, the computer game Minecraft has become a cultural phenomenon, drawing millions of players into the unique, low-res world created solely by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson.  When Persson announced that he would invest his Minecraft earnings in founding his own development house, Mojang AB, 2 PLAYER PRODUCTIONS seized upon the rare opportunity to fly to Stockholm and document the first week in the life of the new studio.    During the editing of what was supposed to be a twenty-minute short, it became clear that an important chapter of gaming history was still being written, and that a feature-length documentary about Mojang's first year would make a powerful statement about what it means to create, release, and play games in the twenty-first century.    For the first time, viewers will be given an in-depth look at both the triumphs and the challenges faced by a studio during their first year in existence.  2 PLAYER will analyze the unprecedented success of Minecraft, gain insight into its impact from journalists and industry professionals, and meet the fans whose lives have been changed by the game.    Using the short as a proof-of-concept, 2 PLAYER turned to the revolutionary fundraising site Kickstarter.com to completely finance the film's production. By sourcing the budget from the game's immense fanbase, it empowers the consumer to vote for content they want with their wallets and fosters a more direct relationship between themselves and the final product. The Kickstarter crowdsourcing project was a success and the feature length production is in full swing.    Source: filmmaker
^ Special Geek Preview of 2 PLAYER PRODUCTIONS’ MINECRAFT documentary!

Short Documentary/Gaming & Fandom / ~20 minutes/US/English

ABOUT THE FILM:    In coordination with Naughty Dog Studios a behind the scenes, for the latest entry in the UNCHARTED series.  Naughty Dog is known for creating the hit franchises "Jak and Daxter" and "Crash Bandicoot".  Considered one of the most prestigious developers in the world, Naughty Dog broke new ground on the PlayStation 3 (PS3) with the stunningly cinematic "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune".  Released in 2009 to universal acclaim and capturing the title of "Game of the Year", "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves" was an incredible success for the studio, building upon the innovations of it's predecessor in every way.    Initial work on the sequel began shortly after the release, and in 2010 2 PLAYER PRODUCTIONS was contacted for potential behind the scenes coverage of the development process.  Since the positive experience of working on the "Infamous" developer documentary, 2 PLAYER PRODUCTIONS had been looking for the right opportunity to become involved with another Sony game.  With Uncharted 3's development cycle underway, the timing was right to capture early stages of the new game's creation.    Released in conjunction with the game's official announcement after the 2010 Spike TV awards, part one of the documentary focuses on pre-production aspects of the announce trailer and Naughty Dog's mounting internal pressure to meet expectations set by "Uncharted 2." The piece shows the crew building the teaser trailer from bare-bone mock-ups at the studio and motion capture and voice over sessions featuring the principal characters.  Members of the studio express their aspirations for the new title and discuss the pressures of being one of the worlds most respected studios.  Source: filmmaker

* To read about the filmmakers please see the Headlining Film program.

* Be sure to see director Paul Owens, producer Paul Levering, and cinematographer Asif Siddiky at the 2 PLAYER PRODUCTIONS Panel and 2 PLAYER PRODUCTIONS screening Q&A’s!


Friday July 1, 2011 5:45pm - 6:45pm

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