For the love of storytelling. That’s why Jeanette Garcia and Daryl Rodriguez want to make a documentary series about the history of gaming. Starting with: World 1-1, a film covering the history of Atari and how it created a new industry.
Atari started making electronic games at a time when it hardly made sense. It was the time before the microprocessor. Making games into a lucrative business, when even the computer parts are too expensive to make money… “It didn’t make sense on paper, but that didn’t stop the engineers of that time.”
To unfold the Atari story, the pair of ambitious filmmakers from Miami, Florida – Daryl, Videographer and Jeanette, a Writing and Rhetoric professor – have garnered an impressive list of confirmed interviewees. Including the cooperation of Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, as well as Arcade Odyssey. The latter being the source of the archival footage in their video below. Have a look, it holds the promise of a fun viewing experience for those born before and after the eighties.
One of the confirmed interviewees is Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, known for his unconventional management. For throwing parties and allowing his workers to manage their own work hours. Daryl and Jeanette are aiming for more behind-the-scene stories. “Through the film, we want to look into other stories that haven’t been told that he may not have shared in other interviews.” And they want to put the spotlight on key figures who haven’t received as much recognition for their contributions, such as Dona Bailey, Warren Robinett, David Crane and others. ‘We want it to be a fusion of experiences from multiple perspectives from those who were there.’
What’s next in their series about the history of gaming – so much to tell but where to begin? To the filmmakers, Atari is such a huge icon, they felt the need to explore what made it such a big company and the people who participated in that making. Of course they will also be covering systems that preceded Atari such as Magnavox and Odyssey. However, first things first. “The next step after this one [first episode] is Nintendo, of course. But if this one doesn’t get funded, no more will be made!”
At the time of publishing the World 1-1 Kickstarter campaign has 68 backers pledging $2,107 of their $15,000 goal, with 16 days to go. If you’re interested in funding this documentary, do visit the World 1-1 campaign site. You have until November 6th, 2013.