Not A Gamer?
If you’ve never played D&D, or don’t consider yourself a gamer this section is for you. When we set out to make this movie we decided on two things: make a good movie and make it for everyone, not just gamers. We wanted a movie that could be watched by someone who’s never heard of Dungeons & Dragons.
The tale behind the making of the game is a fascinating story of loose alliances, destroyed friendships and lost fortunes.
Dungeons & Dragons and TSR, the company that made it, were the training ground for millions of people within some of the most influential industries of our day. We hope that by the time you see how D&D has influenced computer games and online dating to treatment for soldiers with PTSD, you will see a way that D&D has touched your life.
PS. If you play Angry Birds, guess what…you’re a gamer.
We know what you’re all thinking, “it’s been almost 3 weeks since you’ve been funded, why isn’t the movie finished?” A fair question. You’ll be happy to know that we have scheduled our first set of interviews with a pair of bona-fide D&D historians, Paul Stormberg and Jon Peterson. Jon, as some of you may already know through one of our Kickstarter Rewards, is the author of “Playing at the World”. The book is an exhaustively researched and comprehensive work on the history of...read more
Lots happening these days leading up to our first post-Kickstarter shoot. I was in NY last week, busy with the logistics of the Doc with Andrew and Anthony. Our goal for the remainder of the year is to schedule and shoot several key interviews for the project. First, going to sunny La Jolla, CA to interview Mr. Jon Peterson, then we’ll travel to Omaha, NE to interview Mr. Paul Stromberg. They both have extensive knowledge with the history of Dungeons and Dragons, TSR, and the early years of Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax’s...read more
After canceling our Omaha trip because of health issues, my voice barely back from being sick and lots to talk about, I find that there is only one topic I want to share because it has really made an impression. While doing research about Kickstarter this past summer, I found myself wandering around the site to see what was happening and who was doing what. That’s when I came across “Tropes Vs. Women”. Anita was recently successful in raising money to continue her YouTube series about women and gaming. I...read more
The last week has been so busy with other work that Sandy has been a great way to get things done on DND. I have no reason to go outside so I’m here in Brooklyn, with some good food, some tea and Lee Morgan playing in the background working on questions for a series of WOTC interviews we hope to do. Well, I do have a reason to go outside but it’s not a good one. Since Hurricane Gloria I’ve made it a point to go out during the storm at one point or another. So I ventured outside and took a look. the amazing thing is that I...read more
One of the most surprising things about making a film is that you spend more time talking about the film than actually making it. Yesterday was a perfect example. We had three meetings that covered everything from congratulations from people we haven’t seen since Kickstarter and how to spend our money wisely to RAND Corp and possible interview subjects. I also was interviewed for a magazine in Brazil (We will post when it comes out). It was a very productive day. Why do we spend so much time talking about these things? I think it comes...read more
Kickstarter is aptly named. I think Andrew, James and I had a true desire to make this film before, but since kickstarter my desire has turned into a strong drive to make this film. Maybe it’s the fact that almost 3700 people believed in the project enough to back us, or maybe it’s because we now have the means to start the film, so it has become a reality. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m excited and can’t wait to get cooking! James flew to NYC for a game of D&D and to start an intense week of hashing out the...read more
Bios Anthony Savini 5th Level Director/7th Level Director of Photography Ever since he was a boy on Long Island, Anthony Savini has been interested in telling stories through film and photography. He made his first film, Jack in the Dungeon, with his friends at the age of ten. It was a huge success within his home and many others within bicycle distance. After a flirtation with engineering and a bout of fashion photography, he joined the independent film community in NYC. Now, working around the world, Anthony is an award winning...read more
If you’ve never played D&D, or don’t consider yourself a gamer this section is for you. When we set out to make this movie we decided on two things: make a good movie and make it for everyone, not just gamers. We wanted a movie that could be watched by someone who’s never heard of Dungeons & Dragons. The tale behind the making of the game is a fascinating story of loose alliances, lost friendships, corporate expansion and persecution. Dungeons & Dragons and TSR, the company that made it, were the training ground for...read more
Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary is a definitive look at the game Dungeons & Dragons, its history and its influence. A feature length film, shot on HD, in the style of Food Inc. and Inside Job. The history of Dungeons & Dragons stretches back to its humble beginning 1974 when a part time cobbler from Wisconsin and a college student from Minnesota got together to create a war game. Their goal was to sell 1000 copies, ten times the amount of the usual war game run. It was an ambitious goal. A company was started, TSR. The result of...read more