From Bedrooms to Billions
“From Bedrooms to Billions” is a new movie that is looking for funding on Kickstarter. This film is a two hour long documentary telling of the British Video Games Industry from 1979-present. “From Bedrooms to Billions” is the first to chronicle the journey of the British Video Games Industry and does so through interviews from people in video game development, publishing, and journalism who have been around to witness the evolution. The film stresses the importance of the past 40 years of gaming and how it has influenced British invention, creativity, and industry.
Producer Anthony Caulfield commented on the film, saying, “From Bedrooms to Billions has been a very personal project for us since June 2008. Having completed many documentaries we have always wanted to document the rise of the British video games industry and the incredible story that went with it. What’s so fascinating is how the UK computer scene was originally nothing more than a scientific curiosity which snowballed into something so vast. As we started putting this film together we uncovered so many incredible personal stories, these people had to literally make up an industry as they went, some were very successful, but others were not so, however collectively we felt it a strong story that’s long overdue and should make a wonderful movie”.
Fellow Producer Nicola Caulfield said, “This film will be a great piece of nostalgic entertainment that documents an important part of UK history. This era is so often overlooked and not known by young British talent looking to enter the games industry, as the vast majority of UK children, school leavers and even students believe that gaming originated mainly from the US and Japan and have little to no knowledge that a British games industry even once existed. It meant a great deal to us that last year enough people out there wanted to see this film made and backed our original funding campaign to begin filming. However as is common with many films financed via crowdfunding, money is now needed to complete post-production, to secure archive footage, stills, music usage and clearances. Without these crucial elements the film would simply be 2 hours of talking heads and not the true and lasting documentary movie experience that the subject matter deserves. So we hope people will rally and help us make a permanent record of this golden era in British Industry”
The Kickstarter page for “From Bedrooms to Billions” went live on February 25th. They only have 60 days to reach their funding goal of £18,000 (about 29,000 US dollars).
Click here to reach their Kickstarter page and view the trailer for “From Bedrooms to Billions”.