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#1 Slam_adams

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:19 PM

I don't know if this topic is currently taboo to discuss, but I would love to discuss it with you guys.

 

For those who don't know, here's a link to the Kickstarter page. 

 

Let me try to fill you in:

Birth Of Man was a kickstarter funded feature length fan film of the game minecraft, and it was created by youtuber Brandon Laastch (We all know who the dude is). It garnered some attention from some sites, and generally got a mixed response by commenters. Particularly a ton of hate from the IGN crowd, which albeit, they have always had a affinity for hating just about everything. It was going along great, reaching above 1k backers and $63,980 out of the goal $600,000. But then it was cancelled, and shortly Markus Persson (Minecraft creator AKA Notch) tweeted "We don't allow half a million kickstarters based on our ip without any deals in place. :/". Obviously, Brandon was banking on creative commons to kick in, and didn't think he had to speak to Notch. Which is a major goof on his part, considering the magnitude of the films budget. Brandon has yet to make a official statement. But everyone is hoping they're working out a deal.

 

My Opinion: Judging by the trailer, the film looked dazzling. Which shouldn't be that much of a surprise, but Brandon & Co. (I have no idea if RocketJump/Freddie is affiliated) really captured some beautiful shots. But one of my main concerns is the story. I could understand a short 30 minute minecraft film, but a feature length film seems incredibly boring story wise. If Birth of Man makes it, I really hope that the story can actually sustain itself fully, and doesn't turn into a hour and half of visual porn. So for now, I cross my fingers and wait for an official statement from Brandon. It looks very promising!


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#2 Jake Rodriguez

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:39 PM

I was sad to see this got cancelled and I agree that Brandon should probably have done some talk beforehand but still sucks that Notch cancelled it. I would love to see the revival of this project though. It was beautifully done. If they do make this I'm not worried about the story, they spent over a year so far working on this project I'm sure they'll make it great. If they can bring it back that is.


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 09:29 AM

Brandon has put some more information about this. Some important points: 

 

  • Mojang isn't comfortable with the rewards -- they would prefer donation only.
  • The only lawyers that have been brought into the equation are the ones from RocketJump -- probably just to make sure they didn't get sued despite not being technically involved in the project.
  • Mojang supports the project and were consulted with before the project was launched, but Notch himself may not have been fully involved in those conversations. 
  • It sounds like there's a possibility that RocketJump could get involved as producers for the film, but that's my own speculation based on Brandon's twitter posts.

Check out Brandon's twitter page for more information (well, just enough information to start wildly speculating like I have) https://twitter.com/brandonjla


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#4 The Fudge Pie Prophet

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 12:59 PM

I just hope the find some sort of compromise and make the movie

I think Notch Is being just a tad greedy


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#5 Jake Rodriguez

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 01:17 PM

any one see this

http://popwatch.ew.c...deogame-movies/


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#6 Blue Impuls3

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:35 AM

I do see why it was stopped. Really Brandon should have got all the green lights from everyone who is involved with minecraft but they are thinking about making their own movie aren't they?


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#7 Jake Rodriguez

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 11:19 AM

 they are thinking about making their own movie aren't they?

yea click the link i posted it talks about it a bit


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:04 AM

yea click the link i posted it talks about it a bit

Yeah I will check it outs :D


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#9 Mr. Hand

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 06:05 PM

C'est la vie! Such are the dangers of doing parodies, spoofs, and references; especially in relation to video games and movies. Imagine if Fields of Fire had been Black Ops in VGHS instead? The lawyer hammer would have come down! 

 

Best to avoid any and all trademarks and copyrights, I always say.


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