The initial approach would have involved a mosaic of game creators and their journeys. Says Swirsky, “The original vision of the movie was to have this narrative arc of someone making and releasing a game and in the end we told that through four people and three games, but through this narrative arc we always wanted to bring in other voices, have these discussion pieces and kind of make this hybrid of narrative film and an essay film." The directors eventually chose to focus on the sagas of programmers/creators Tommy Refenes (Super Meat Boy) and Phil Fish (FEZ) -- as a result, “Black Wednesday” took place, with Pajot and Swirsky making a dreaded series of calls to other subjects to let them know their content would be left on the cutting room floor.
What’s next for Pajot and Swirsky? With Scott Rudin and HBO picking up “Indie Game” at Sundance and hoping to develop it into a series, the directors may have something to do with the project going forward, but for now, they are readying the DVD/Blu-ray release and hoping to get started on a new doc come early 2013. What will it be about? The two are keeping mum, but looking at their current output, it is certainly a project we will keep a close eye and look forward to.
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