Minecraft Documentary Due in December
Romtin Erfani / Oct 29th, 2012 No Comments
A Minecraft documentary is in development and it looks like it’ll be released for digital download and DVD early December. The documentary, called Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, is being created by 2 Player Productions and their director Paul Owens says the goal is to debut the feature length film Dec. 7, though the date isn’t set in stone.
2 Player Productions began the project as a Kickstarter in February of last year, presenting a short proof-of-concept video on their page that offers high hopes for the final film. The Kickstarter set a goal of $150,000 and raised an extraordinary $210,297. A small part of the project’s success so far comes from 2 Player’s impressive resume. The Portland, Oregon based group has collaborated with the likes of G4 and Spike TV, and has produced behind the scenes videos for games like Infamous and Uncharted 3. Back in 2008 they also premiered a popular documentary about chip music called Reformat the Planet.
[adsense250itp]The Minecraft documentary was filmed in 2011, when Swedish developer Markus “Notch” Petersson co-founded Mojang AB and assembled a small team to finalize the game for release that November (it was an open beta on the PC up until then). The film focuses on Notch (the sole creator of the original game), his overnight rise to celebrity, and the groundbreaking success and popularity of Minecraft itself. It looks at day to day activities in Mojang just weeks after the studio was founded in Stockholm, Sweden and sheds light on what it means to be an indie developer in this day and age. We’re introduced to members of the small team, including an artist nicknamed “Junkboy” who prefers to remain anonymous on camera and has a pixelated face superimposed over his own in the documentary. There’s also Jens, the programmer who took over for Notch as lead developer and implemented player requests like climbing spiders into the game.
The film also includes interviews with video game cultural icons like Peter Molyneux and Tim Schafer and dives into Minecraft fandom by talking to gamers young and old. Music in the documentary is authentic to the game, with three tracks by C418 and straight from Minecraft itself. Overall, based on the proof-of-concept the Minecraft documentary looks really intriguing, especially for fans of the game and anyone who wants to contextualize its enormous success. We’re looking forward to the The Story of Mojang here at Gaming Illustrated. Stay tuned for news on the film as it develops.
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