Back in March, the Minecraft community helped to smash 2 Player Production’s $150,000 target to film the feature-length version of their documentary about Notch and Mojang, with an outstanding $210,297 pledged. Incidentally, if you’ve not seen the 20-minute short they made, you can view it right here, for free – and there are more details about the documentary at 2PP’s website.
Well, the project is now under way, with 2PP back across the pond in Sweden, following the Mojanglers at work and play – and even joining in the latter, if their tweets are anything to go by:
If you’re not already following 2PP via Twitter, perhaps you should: their tweets are providing a great insight into Mojang (and, to some extent, themselves). And they’re into all manner of gaming genres, from video games to board games, so they really know their stuff. Please note, though, that their language is occasionally NSFW.
2 Player Productions has a strong pedigree in the world of gaming documentaries; perhaps the best-known of their previous works is the first season of Penny Arcade: The Series, in which they gained unprecedented, warts-and-all access to Mike “Gabe” Krahulik, Jerry “Tycho” Holkins and the PA team. Going on the strength of this alone, I’m really hopeful for the future of their Minecraft documentary!
I… er… tried to muscle in on production myself, after 2PP jokingly announced they were considering a British YouTuber to do the doc’s voiceover… I sent them an MP3 of me cold-reading their Minecraft documentary web page, in the faint hope that they might actually be serious – you never know! As it was, they don’t use outsiders to do the voiceovers:
@AstragaliUSA all the audio was taken from the interviews we shot. What I mean is, we don’t usually get an outsider to do narration in post.
Sigh. Still, they were very complimentary about my reading:
@AstragaliUSA hah, for what it’s worth, your voice is indeed well suited for that purpose. And that tv clip from 1993 is brilliant.
(That meant a lot, actually – people often do tell me I should do that sort of thing, but also being told that by a film-production company made my day when I read their tweet :))
Anyway, that aside, I think that even the run-up to the release of the movie is going to be just as exciting as the movie itself – rather like Minecraft, actually…