Documentary Filmmaker

In May 2008 I watched The King of Kong, a documentary about two guys competing for the high score in the classic arcade game, Donkey Kong.  I didn’t realize at that time, but it was a watershed moment.  I’d been a long-time fan of documentaries like Ken Burns’ Civil War series, but suddenly I discovered that there were documentaries out there about pop culture, geek culture, things I cared about.  It motivated me to start blogging about what I called geekumentaries, and genres I felt deserved a geekumentary about them.

One such genre was designer board gaming.  I scoured Google for information about such a project, but to no avail.  So in November of 2009, I decided to do it myself.  With no prior film experience, and not even a YouTube video to my name.  Three years later, Going Cardboard: A Board Game Documentary launched, and was very well-received by reviewers and the board gaming public.  The film played at conventions and screenings around the world.  I presented it at MIT.  I was a guest on podcasts, and did blog interviews.  It was fun, and I learned many things.

I wasn’t sure if I would do another documentary, though.  I had some ideas for topics, but wasn’t sure if I could commit another three years the way I did for Going Cardboard.  I’d stumbled into a new hobby, pinball ownership, and I felt like there was a pinball resurgence going on in America, and that once again, it deserved to be documented.  But where Going Cardboard was the first feature-length documentary on designer board gaming, there were already a number of very good pinball documentaries available.  I sat on the fence about it for 6 months or so, watching growing evidence emerge to support my suspicions, until I came across this video:

 

 

It skillfully and artistically captured the beauty of pinball, and was clearly shot by someone who understood the game and what makes it special.  I contacted the owner of the channel, praising this video and casually commenting, “by the way, I think there is a pinball resurgence going on, you should film a documentary about that…”.  The response I got back, “You know, I’ve been thinking about doing a pinball resurgence documentary…” was yet another watershed moment.  As of May 2013, filming has begun for Shoot Again: the Resurgence of Pinball, a partnership between Producer/Director Blake Faucette, and Associate Producer Lorien Green.  Life found a way…

 

Shoot Again: The Pinball Resurgence

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