Indie Game: The Movie (2012)
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Indie Game: The Movie, directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, looks at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their creative visions with the world. This Sundance award-winning film captures the tension and drama by focusing on these artists' vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form. -- (C) Official Site
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Like punk rock or alternative comedy, it's a DIY pursuit that pits go-it-alone types against an industry machine, often breeding exciting but intensely idiosyncratic art in the process.
This is about developers communicating with the world in the most creative, productive way they know how. It's about the artistic process.
You may have never picked up a game console in your life, but there's universal access thanks to compelling stories in Indie Game: The Movie.
"Indie Game: The Movie" lays bare the passion behind the pixels, revealing the sweat, tears and sleep deprivation that go into trying to make the latest gaming sensation.
Aptly demonstrates just how much they are willing to sacrifice to that end, bearing hardship and putting lives on pause to reach that final product of a completed game.
It gives an insight into the creative process and the drive and passion necessary to produce something you want to share with the world.
Compelling from start to finish, the movie is a real eye-opener for the uninitiated as it cogently makes the argument that video games deserve to be taken as seriously as movies, novels, paintings and more esteemed artistic disciplines.
Even if you are "pursuing your dreams," at the end of the day, work is work. It may be more exciting and different than your average 9-5 cubicle life, it is still a job with deadlines, pressure, and stress.
The struggles these guys face getting their games done are monumental, and makes for some really tense, anxious stuff.
Indie Game provides a gripping and consistently entertaining insight into this unique sub-set of the games industry.
You don't have to be the type who keeps an Atari in a trophy case to be enthralled by Indie Game: The Movie.
Indie Game: The Movie is more than just a film about video games, it's an examination of the artistic spirit and the latest evolution of independent artist.
With just a Canon DSLR and help from Kickstarter.com for funding, Swirsky and Pajot have created a beautiful and fascinating look into the creative process in a never-been-told medium.
Not only one of the best documentaries of the year, but one of the best films period.
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