Keyboard Athletes

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Keyboard Athletes

Project 2012-04-18 05:58:08 +1200


The clattering of keystrokes and joysticks echoing into the distance, beads of sweat running down their faces, eyes strained, hours of training all for this one moment. Crowds gather around the players and watch anxiously, some covering their eyes while others scream loudly as history is about to be written. Managers and organisers watch from a distance, all the time, money and their reputations on the line for this one event. This is the world of competitive gaming also known as eSports.   

‘Keyboard Athletes’ is a feature length documentary that will take you into the world of the growing eSports industry in New Zealand throughout the year of 2012. The primary focus will be on three key aspects; the players, the fans and the organisers, giving you their perspective as the industry changes. You will witness their triumphs, their failures, their sacrifices, their highs and their lows and get a rare glimpse into a world not many know even exists.

We have already started filming and put together a few teaser videos with the footage we have obtained so far but we cannot finish this project without funding.  At the moment we are very low budget but with the help of your generous pledges we will be able to get the last equipment that we need to continue filming and deliver a very high quality final product. The pledges will also finance our travel costs so we can cover all of the major gaming events around New Zealand.

Our long term goals for this documentary are to enter ‘Keyboard Athletes’ to film festivals both in New Zealand and around the world including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and the Auckland and Wellington international Film Festivals. We want to bring exposure to the New Zealand eSports community which although small in comparison to the rest of the world is very passionate and talented.

You can view our teaser videos at:

Teaser 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqYo4GCZwHg

Teaser 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyGT6rokC64

Teaser 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkGZQobjasg

Teaser 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxQIxFpDqzc


About The Documentary Makers

ASHLEY PITMAN - FILM MAKER

Ashley Pitman is a freelance film maker who has worked on many big projects such as The Emperor, Yogi Bear and has even made several of his own short films and music videos. Ashley has a lifetime revolved around gaming as from a very early age he was brought up in computer and console gaming. In his late teens Ashley discovered his passion for film after being a main lead in a high school mini documentary entitled "Keyboard Athletes".

VANJA BISIC - STUDENT AND COMPETITIVE GAMER

Vanja Bisic is a student at the University of Auckland who is working towards a double major in Film and Writing. Vanja has always had a talent and interest in film from a young age making a short documentary called "Keyboard Athletes" in high school which starred Ashley Pitman on his lifestyle of gaming and contrasted it to an up and coming football star. Vanja also has a passion for playing and watching competitive games which he has been doing since 2005. Vanja wishes to combine his two passions of film and competitive gaming in the making of this feature documentary.

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We made it!

24/04/2012 at 5:54 AM

We made it guys! Thanks to everyone who donated and who helped spread the word. We will deliver the best documentary we can and try and cover as much of the New Zealand scene as possible. We will also be releasing a small teaser using the footage over the last 2 months this week so stay tuned for that. Cheers!

If you wish to follow our progress and stay up to the date on the latest information click:

Last 24 hours

23/04/2012 at 10:07 AM

Hey everyone!

First of all thank you to all who have donated so far we are very grateful and appreciate your donations.

We are very close only a couple of hundred dollars to go! We really hope people will help us reach our goal. eSports is very unique and New Zealand has so much talent and genuine stories we wish to show audiences but we need to reach this target in order to do so. 


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    Project 2012-04-18 05:58:08 +1200


    The clattering of keystrokes and joysticks echoing into the distance, beads of sweat running down their faces, eyes strained, hours of training all for this one moment. Crowds gather around the players and watch anxiously, some covering their eyes while others scream loudly as history is about to be written. Managers and organisers watch from a distance, all the time, money and their reputations on the line for this one event. This is the world of competitive gaming also known as eSports.   

    ‘Keyboard Athletes’ is a feature length documentary that will take you into the world of the growing eSports industry in New Zealand throughout the year of 2012. The primary focus will be on three key aspects; the players, the fans and the organisers, giving you their perspective as the industry changes. You will witness their triumphs, their failures, their sacrifices, their highs and their lows and get a rare glimpse into a world not many know even exists.

    We have already started filming and put together a few teaser videos with the footage we have obtained so far but we cannot finish this project without funding.  At the moment we are very low budget but with the help of your generous pledges we will be able to get the last equipment that we need to continue filming and deliver a very high quality final product. The pledges will also finance our travel costs so we can cover all of the major gaming events around New Zealand.

    Our long term goals for this documentary are to enter ‘Keyboard Athletes’ to film festivals both in New Zealand and around the world including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and the Auckland and Wellington international Film Festivals. We want to bring exposure to the New Zealand eSports community which although small in comparison to the rest of the world is very passionate and talented.

    You can view our teaser videos at:

    Teaser 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqYo4GCZwHg

    Teaser 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyGT6rokC64

    Teaser 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkGZQobjasg

    Teaser 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxQIxFpDqzc


    About The Documentary Makers

    ASHLEY PITMAN - FILM MAKER

    Ashley Pitman is a freelance film maker who has worked on many big projects such as The Emperor, Yogi Bear and has even made several of his own short films and music videos. Ashley has a lifetime revolved around gaming as from a very early age he was brought up in computer and console gaming. In his late teens Ashley discovered his passion for film after being a main lead in a high school mini documentary entitled "Keyboard Athletes".

    VANJA BISIC - STUDENT AND COMPETITIVE GAMER

    Vanja Bisic is a student at the University of Auckland who is working towards a double major in Film and Writing. Vanja has always had a talent and interest in film from a young age making a short documentary called "Keyboard Athletes" in high school which starred Ashley Pitman on his lifestyle of gaming and contrasted it to an up and coming football star. Vanja also has a passion for playing and watching competitive games which he has been doing since 2005. Vanja wishes to combine his two passions of film and competitive gaming in the making of this feature documentary.

    Comments

    We made it!

    24/04/2012 at 5:54 AM

    We made it guys! Thanks to everyone who donated and who helped spread the word. We will deliver the best documentary we can and try and cover as much of the New Zealand scene as possible. We will also be releasing a small teaser using the footage over the last 2 months this week so stay tuned for that. Cheers!

    If you wish to follow our progress and stay up to the date on the latest information click:

    Last 24 hours

    23/04/2012 at 10:07 AM

    Hey everyone!

    First of all thank you to all who have donated so far we are very grateful and appreciate your donations.

    We are very close only a couple of hundred dollars to go! We really hope people will help us reach our goal. eSports is very unique and New Zealand has so much talent and genuine stories we wish to show audiences but we need to reach this target in order to do so. 


      Naomi Throup
      2012-04-24 12:02:51 +1200
      Michael Glenny
      2012-04-24 11:09:41 +1200
      Ryan Martin
      2012-04-24 02:24:45 +1200
      Tara Copplestone
      2012-04-24 01:15:43 +1200
      Jack Parkinson Barnard
      2012-04-24 00:16:06 +1200
      Jessica Kate Tweed
      2012-04-23 23:26:19 +1200
      Rafael Buck
      2012-04-23 23:12:45 +1200
      Richie Taylor
      2012-04-23 23:12:27 +1200
      Kim Walls
      2012-04-23 23:08:55 +1200
      RBN
      2012-04-23 23:01:46 +1200
      Matthew Wah
      2012-04-23 22:23:52 +1200
      Daniel Maconaghie
      2012-04-23 21:59:13 +1200
      Keir Evans
      2012-04-23 21:38:59 +1200
      Reuben Bell
      2012-04-23 20:36:24 +1200
      Nick McGirr
      2012-04-23 20:36:16 +1200
      Kristina Mastakova
      2012-04-23 20:32:06 +1200
      Melanie Ogilvie
      2012-04-23 13:20:28 +1200
      Sean Woodliffe
      2012-04-23 12:55:11 +1200
      Ivan Dorofeev
      2012-04-23 00:02:41 +1200
      Tom Trollwell
      2012-04-22 22:12:27 +1200
      Mike Falkner
      2012-04-22 21:44:00 +1200
      Quén Doherty
      2012-04-22 20:44:11 +1200
      Teh Yule Kim
      2012-04-22 06:05:38 +1200
      Jack Parkinson Barnard
      2012-04-22 01:54:32 +1200
      Annie Hudson
      2012-04-21 12:41:18 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-04-20 22:50:43 +1200
      Tom Martin
      2012-04-20 21:47:43 +1200
      John Monroe
      2012-04-20 21:43:06 +1200
      Ryan Zhu
      2012-04-20 21:16:58 +1200
      Sam Barnard
      2012-04-20 19:06:55 +1200

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      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 24/04/2012 at 12:02 PM.