Playing with Fire Wants to Crowdsource the (First?) Good Video Game Movie

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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 enrterprise, 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 videogame." 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?


Playing with Fire [Playing with Fire]

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(Top image | Copyright Dave Lowery, 2011/Dave Lowery)

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Wow, it seems like they've already got talent enough behind it for this to be good. I imagine that most of the script notes that would be incorporated are things along the lines of "hey, you messed up [bit of fighting game esoterica], you can fix that here." That certainly would eliminate those terribly and frustratingly inaccurate bits that pop up in lots of movies and shows that capitalize on technology and related pop-culture.