Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Upcoming Projects: Winters of War and Game Room

Classic Video Game Reviews and Beer

After completing World War 1 - American Legacy in October I've been working in pre-production on three upcoming films. To quote Professor Farnsworth "Good news everyone!"... especially fans of our Civil War Minutes documentary series and fans of The Game Room! Two films which could not be more different.

Civil War Minutes V is in production now with the working title Winters of War. The film is about the Civil War veterans who forged the modern United States of America after being involved and influenced by the conflict. The fourth film in the series was Horses of Gettysburg which has been very well received, this fifth film in the series is from the same writers and crew.

Presidents like Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley. Men who built the country like Grenville Dodge and the workers on the Transcontinental Railroad, Andrew Carnegie, George Westinghouse, Washington Roebling who engineered the Brooklyn Bridge and Brigadier General Charles Stone who built the base for the Statue of Libterty. The stories of dozens of other veterans like Adolphus Greeley, Wyatt Earp and Jesse James are in the film too, as well as those who did not officially serve in the war yet participated in it like Clara Barton, Winslow Homer, Mark Twain and Walt Whitman.

I am working with hours of stunning High Definition footage that we filmed on the battlefield of Gettysburg during and after a snowstorm, giving a very unique look to the film and showing the Pennsylvania battlefield like most people have never seen it.

The Battlefield of Gettysburg

It was very, very cold in early January, 2005 when I filmed this shot. I usually like cold weather, but this was so cold and windy that it still hurts just thinking about it.

Cannons on Pickett's Charge

Cannons on the Pickett's Charge location at Gettysburg. It looks amazing in HD, this picture hardly does it justice. But I'm working on the rough cut of the film with downconverted footage which explains the timecode on the screen. Winters of War will be distributed by Inecom Entertainment Company and should be released in late 2007.

The 2nd film I am currently editing is Classic Game Room: The Rise and Fall of the Internet's Greatest Video Game Review Show. This is a fun documentary on the rise and fall of The Game Room which was a game review show back in 1999 and 2000 that I co-hosted and co-directed with David Crosson.

Mark and Dave keep it real

The story of the show mirrors the boom and burst of the Internet business model as our success looked so promising in early 2000... Anyway, I won't give it all away. But we did produce about 75 episodes back in those days wayyyyyy before YouTube and this DVD (the first of many!) is slated to contain 11 classic episodes along with our dramatic story, interviews, outtakes, new footage and the remastered episodes from the master tapes. I expect it to be released in 2007, also from Inecom.

Yars' Revenge for the Atari 2600

The DVD will also include the never-before-seen review and episode of Yars' Revenge for the Atari 2600.

The episodes I am planning to include on the DVD are:

Duck Hunt for the Nintendo Entertainment System
X-Men for the Sega Genesis
Joust for the Sony Playstation
Sega GT for the Sega Dreamcast
Frogger for the Atari 2600
Missile Command for the Sony Playstation
SeaMan for the Sega Dreamcast
Perfect Dark for the N64
Contra for the Nintendo Entertainment System
Yars' Revenge for the Atari 2600
Alien for the Atari 2600

SeaMan for the Sega Dreamcast episode

A trailer for Classic Game Room can be seen HERE.

The third project I'm working on has not been disclosed yet, but it is a historical film and very cool. More details on these films to be posted in the future.

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