Have you ever played the PC game Minecraft and thought, “Man this would make a cool movie?! Well your dreams are – sorta – coming true.
The popular brick stacking game is being made into a full length documentary, all thanks to generous players.
When Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator and programmer for Minecraft, announced that he wanted to found his own development house, 2 Player Productions decided that they wanted to be right there filming the whole thing.
2 Player Productions came out with about 20 minutes of footage (which can be viewed here) but then decided they really need is a a full documentary about Persson and show what it means to create and release a popular indie game in the twenty-first century.
Of course, this doc could not be made without adequate funding, which fans of Minecraft were happy to donate (in exchange for a few goodies, of course) via Kickstarter. Goodies included their name in the credits, special edition signed DVDs, a poster, a signed pick axe and toys. They quickly raised well more than the $150,000 goal they needed to make the film.
When the final film – to be titled Minecraft: The Story of Mojang – is released in 2012, viewers will get to see the triumphs and the challenges faced by a studio during their first year in existence. They will also interview fans of the game and look into some of the reviews it has received over time to see what really lead to Minecraft’s huge success.