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New interviews

With these two new interviews we have re-started also shooting. We are working on some new projects we will reveal later, but in the meantime the most important news it that our library is growing again.Have you recognized him? We have interviewed John Romero in a submarine!

Here someone is approaching a submarine. He is the captain…
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And in fact he is checking what happening outside and driving it!
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Have you recognized him? We have interviewed John Romero in a submarine! (It’s the “Enrico Toti” -S 506 at the National Science and Technology Museum “Leonardo Da Vinci” in Milano, Italy)

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While on the ISS in front of the ‘cupola’ window…

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An interview with Brenda Romero floating in the space!

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Both the interviews have been shooted at the National Science and Technology Museum “Leonardo Da Vinci” in Milano, Italy.
Thank you to all the people of the museum that have helped us!

Easy to Learn, Hard to Master – The Fate of Atari funded on KickStarter!

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We made it, thank you all for the support, messages and advises! This, for us, means that you have appreciated the first documentary and we assure you that we will work hard to deliver an awesome new movie.Less than a year ago we were ready to launch our first Kickstarter campaign: uncertain of the result it was more a bet that an opportunity. It was the last chance to make this project a reality. And then in one year we have funded two documentaries, signed a worldwide distribution for the first one and showed it a the Computer History Museum!

This incredible result came after a lot of work and commitment to this project in which we have ever believed.

Many people have helped us reaching this achievement; we really want to thank you all from the bottom of our heart! In sparse order: Jason Scott – who encouraged us since the very first moment, Bil Herd – narrator and friend, Cecilia Botta – PR and THE supporter, Chris Wilkins, Jeri Ellsworth, Mark Pilgrim, all the staff of the Computer History Museum, Kyle Greenberg and the Bond/360 team.

Now it’s time to put all our energies into creating this new documentary that we will deliver for Christmas!

New documentary “Easy to Learn, Hard to Master – The Fate of Atari” on Kickstarter

Before Google, Yahoo and even Apple, before the Silicon Valley cliché of informal dress code, skateboards running the corridors and wild creativity became commonplace, one company embodied the digital economy lifestyle and business style: the one firm coming out of the Age of Aquarius was Atari.

The story of Atari is two-thirds the story of Nolan Bushnell, founder and visionary, and one-third the first and probably biggest boom and bust of the new economy some 20 years before the new economy even existed.

Atari was showing that technology is cool, way before the personal computer revolution took place and they were reaching out to an ever-growing audience with something that is still cool today: video games.

Atari literally introduced the digital world to the mass consciousness.

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Nolan Bushnell and Atari have a huge collection of firsts: the first successful video game company, the first coin-op video game ever, the first general purpose console to win the market, the first marriage between video games and movie industry in the history of entertainment, the fastest growing company in history, the biggest industry crash ever, the weirdest anecdotes in Silicon Valley, the coolest brand on the planet…

Atari is a story to be told for two main reasons: it is pure fun and it is impressively educational.

Going through the ups and downs of Atari’s ride, one can learn when and how our relationship with the digital world was born (ahead of Apple, Commodore, Microsoft and even the Homebrew Computer Club), how the 100 billion dollars a year video game industry was born, what to do to make your idea successful, what to do to screw it all up, whether to sell your baby to a giant major or not, what not to do to preserve your market from crashing and many others interesting topics

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This 100 minutes long documentary about the Atari story will be narrated by Bil Herd, former Commodore senior engineer and our spokesman from the 8 bit era, and will feature a list of unreleased interviews with the key people of these events, including a very rare one with Warner VP Manny Gerard and a unique one with Atari CEO Ray Kassar, the man held responsible for Atari success and the video game industry crash at the same time, who never appeared in a documentary before.

All the people appearing in this movie are far from verbose. They are not trying to build any kind of mythology about genius, vision or the will to change the world, they are telling the truth about going for the billions and screwing it up because they are simply human beings and they were moving into unknown territories.

This is a completely different Silicon Valley from the one we are used to hearing about, less heavenly, much more earthly, much more true, a lot more engaging.

You can pledge for this new documentary on Kickstarter:

Árok Party 2016 – July 29, 2016

Arok Party has the longest story in the 8 bit only, retro computing symposiums. It is organized every year in Ajka/Hungary and it is demoscene and also gaming oriented. 8-Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars kicks off the festival on Friday night July 29, 2016 orchestrated around oldies to play, demoscene competitions, seminars and more!
Find out more at: http://arok.intro.hu/

Computer History Museum

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Mar 30, 2016: at the Computer History Museum the first screening of “Growing the 8bit Generation”. An event that we will never forget!

IMG_6500It was a really long day started, in the morning with Bil Herd and Leonard Tramiel.Time to visit the museum and start talking about Commodore and the 8bit era.

What honor and privilege having them as guides!

 

 

 

 

After the visit some rest and then the surprise of seeing the museum dressed with our logo:

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What a crowd: it was full!

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John Hollar introduced the documentary, an exciting moment after so much hard work

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At the end on stage with John Hollar and Bil Herd to explain the project and answer some questions

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But there was, hidden in the public someone ready to come out. Guess who?

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“I have something to say!”

It’s always great to have Chuck Peddle talking about what happened…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end there was time to talk all together…

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And for this shot, with Al Alcorn, Chuck Peddle, Leonard Tramiel and Bil Herd

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First screener at Computer History Museum

We are really excited to announce our first screener at the Computer History Museum in SF.
it will be on Wednesday March 30, check-in at 6:30 PM

For more informations and to register:
http://www.computerhistory.org/events/upcoming/#growing-8-bit-generation-2016-03-30

We really hope you can join us!

Release date for kickstarter backers

2016 is arrived and we are now giving final touches to our documentary. We are very proud of our work, and we hope also all of you will enjoy it. The documentary will be available for all the kickstarter backers end of January/first week of February.
For all the others there will be an update in the coming weeks.

Our first kickstarter campaign

Our first kickstarter campaign ended with really impressive numbers: 158% funded and 588 backers.
It has been an overwhelming experience, and as many first things  it’s something that we will never forget.
We started thinking at this as the last chance. Our project has been so difficult to bring on that we were really close to definetely end it.
Than came Jason Scott, XOXO festival and the idea to try a crowdfunding campaign.
It was not easy, a campaing must be followed close, and all the messages (really a lot!) received replied.
Then, after some days the first big news:
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Wow, and with this pledges were coming, people start talking and then…

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A couple of days later we reached our initial funding goal. But there were more. Like this, for example:

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Until the end of the campaign:

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The documentary “Growing the 8 Bit Generation” is finally coming and we will do our best to make it awesome!

End!

We are at the end of this really successful campaign. Our thank goes to all the people that have trusted in us and in our dream. It was really amazing understanding that our vision is shared and appreciated by a lot of people. Now it’s our turn: we will work hard to deliver a product that can give back all the trust and hope we have felt.

A special thank goes to Jason Scott: his support and advice was fundamental for us.

In these weeks we have also understood the importance of memories and the value of the interview with Jack Tramiel. At the end of the commercial life of this project we will donate all the raw footage to the Internet Archive and Computer History Museum. We don’t want that, at least these memories, will be like “tears in rain”.

As usual we have our own way to say thank you and is to tickle not with one but with two short clips. The former is absolutely amazing, and the end scene from “what was happening behind the scene” with Nolan Bushnell will make you laugh… It’s the story of the game Breakout and how the most famous Silicon Valley duo moved their very first steps

The latter is just a romantic voyage in these tech stuff that we love…

Project funded!!

Thank you all for supporting us in this campaign!

Without your help and your trust this documentary will never been released. We were really blown out from what happened: we’ve reached the goal in a couple of weeks.

Now we will focus on our work: make this documentary the best we can do. Images will speak for us, and our hard work will be the way we choosed to thank you.