Help fund a Golden Five documentary
A Polish filmmaker has started an Indiegogo project to raise $30,000 required for a documentary titled Golden Five, following the Virtus.pro roster in 2014.
The project was started by Radek Jedrzejczak, who has ten years of experience working as a director, a camera operator and as an editor in his own film studio Talk To The Frog.
He's previously worked on short films, music videos and commercials, and this will be his first venture into eSports, which he first learned about during World Cyber Games 2009, won by Golden Five.
"Why GOLDEN FIVE and why COUNTER-STRIKE?
"In 2010 I read an article about Polish gamers who won the golden medal at the World Cyber Games in Chengdu (China) playing a game called Counter-Strike. I was intrigued and the aspects of e-sport and professional gaming surprised me. I had never considered playing computer games could be a serious profession. In time, I met these Polish players and decided to make a documentary movie about their team", Jedrzejczak said on Indiegogo.
"I followed them through tournaments in Kiev, Hanover and Jonköping (Sweden) but financial considerations meant I had to abandon the idea for the feature. Meanwhile, Much change had occurred both in the game and in the Polish team. Counter-Strike 1.6 became Counter-Strike Global Offensive, and the team replaced two of their main players for younger ones, however, the core of the group stayed the same.
"Now, through crowd-funding and the Indiegogo platform I have found an opportunity to finish this movie and have decided to revisit the topic. I'm still impressed by these guys who have been playing professionally since 2004; about their passion for the game and their will to fight.
"If you also like this team, you share a passion for Counter-Strike or gaming in general, and you would like to see this movie completed, please support our project.
"Any help would be very much appreciated."
The ambitious goal of the project is to raise $30,000, used to follow Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas and his troops around the world in 2014 as they hope to clinch another world title with Virtus.pro.
There are various levels of support for the project, ranging from a donation of $5 to $500 all the way to $30,000 for a co-producership. Each level from $10 and above also includes a prize.
You can now help fund a documentary about Virtus.pro
For example, for $10 you get your name in the end credits, for $50 you get to play GODM with Virtus.pro, and for $500 you get to play a best-of-three versus Virtus.pro.
There are many other levels for donations as well, and you can find them all on the project's official Indiegogo page, where you can also keep track of their progress in donations.
"Our story begins in the present day, I hope to begin shooting again before the Intel Extreme Masters tournament in Katowice, which takes place over the weekend of 14-16 March, 2014. We will visit the gamers at their homes and meet people from their close surroundings; parents, friends, girlfriends. It is interesting to me to discover what these people think of their friend's gaming career and how much support they offer. I would also like to show what our players do when they aren't playing Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO)", Jedrzejczak explained on Indiegogo.
"Meanwhile we will travel back in time, to learn how our heroes began playing Counter-Strike, how they met each other and how their team has been shaping over the years, through victories and defeats. We will show the best moments of their career: Their 3 times gold medal victories at WCG(2006, 2009, 2011), two gold medals at IEM(2007, 2012) and ESWC(2007, 2008).
"Returning to the present, our story will follow the team before one of the most important tournaments in the world which is IEM in Katowice. We will follow their practice during bootcamp, how they prepare tactics and strategies. How they build the fighting spirit of their team and the communication between players. The final part of the film will show the emotional rollercoaster that is gaming as we see the team perform at the tournament. We will see how important communication is to the players how the crowd reacts to the gameplay. We will also follow the team to the next tournaments in Yonkoping (Dreamhack, Sweden) and in Paris(ESWC)."
Payment methods include PayPal and credit cards. Once again, if you're interested in the project and wish to support it, head over to its official Indiegogo page for more information.