Playing With Fire Wants To Crowdsource A Video Game Movie

Even though many directors clearly play video games-Zack Snyder, Guillermo Del Toro and Christopher Nolan come to mind — and acknowledge them as a creative enterprise, there still hasn't been a film that compellingly channels the appeal of the medium.

Author/critic Harold Goldberg, animator Bill Plympton and artist Dave Lowery thinks it's because gamers themselves are missing form the equation. The creative minds have huddled together and launched Playing with Fire, a website where people can collaborate with a horror screenplay that deals with a group of teens playing a "strange, seemingly anthropomorphic fighting video game". The site will reveal five scenes a day and users can submit their own drawings, trailer and script notes. If your ideas get incorporated into the Playing with Fire process you'll be eligible for prizes. And glory. Don't forget the glory.

Goldberg knows the industry from an insider's point of view having written the cultural history All Your Base Are Belong to Us and worked at Sony Online Entertainment before that. Plympton's an indie filmmaker whose brilliant, skewed shorts have appeared on MTV and Lowery's a storyboard artist who's worked on films like Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens. So, there's a chance this thing might actually happen. You probably want to be a part of that, right?

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Top image: Copyright Dave Lowery, 2011/Dave Lowery


    All I read was "knows the industry" shortly followed by "Sony Online Entertainment".

    If there is anything SOE have proved, it's how little they understand the industry and gamers in general.

    Didn't we end up with Snakes on a Plane using a process like this?

    I'm a little disappointed that they're going the path of just getting input from people incentivised by prizes rather than a desire to be part of something. There have been better ideas like using ARGs to drive the story and that project using an MMO alongside the TV series to influence events.

    Still, I'm curious to see where this goes.

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