Friday, August 17, 2007

King of Kong - in theaters!

The King of Kong (homepage, trailer) was one of my favorites from Tribeca this year; I think it might even be my favorite doc I've seen there yet. That of course rules out some heavy duty films like Favela Rising, and some fun ones - Crazy Legs Conti, or Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating.

King of Kong is about the world of competitive retro videogaming. Or at least it starts out being about that. In English, that means it's about people who spend a lot of time playing Pac Mac, Galaga, Space Invaders, Dig Dug, and of course...Donkey Kong. The first wave of arcade machines, early 1980s.

What you expect to see when someone tells you that a movie is about retro video games is Nerds, capital N. And you will not be disappointed in that. But it quickly becomes something much more broad, and genuinely fascinating; King of Kong is a film about identity, and the way others perceptions of us shape our own paths - or don't, depending on who we really are. It's a film about a rivalry, and how that affects the rivals. It's also a hugely funny film, and depicts some of the most interesting folks to grace the big screen in quite a while.

And the good folks at Picturehouse have seen fit to put it into a few theaters, starting today. Highly Recommended.

(Theaters near me)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Monday, August 06, 2007

the latest thing

Web video!

The Lever 2000 Raise Your Game Challenge

These videos were a lot of fun to work on. They were cut in a manner very similar to a true documentary edit process - lots of interviews, lots of versions to get to the best telling of the story. But perhaps with a little bit more wiggle room around what actually happened than a doc; this is reality TV - err, internet - after all!

In spite of the delivery format being 320x240 pixels, the series was shot on DVC50, and had both a traditional NLE upres and proper mix sessions. In English, that means it got more attention to detail than a lot of broadcast TV does these days.

I'm resposible for editing all of episode 7, and a substantial part of 8, though I had excellent help from another editor, Kevin Berry, on that one.

Enjoy! Though I highly suggest letting the video download before you start watching. For some reason, no matter how fast your connection is, the player seems intent on stuttering.