Sort of. I've never met James or Lisanne (directors of IG:TM), but I've had the honor of communicating with them via email, and I love and respect their work and what they've done for the games industry through their film.
I think it's easy to draw similarities between our movies, as they are both about struggling creators working in indie game dev, trying to make a name for ourselves. However, I find my movie to be a little less about the rags to riches, romanticized perspective of game dev. It's more about getting through the struggles and dealing with the day to day. As the industry of videogames has also changed drastically since the release of IG:TM, I feel my movie may offer an updated take on the current landscape of independent game development, and the challenges that follow.
Is this anything like "Indie Game: The Movie"?
I've been a creator for nearly 13 years, mostly in videogames. This is my second film revolving around that and something I feel like I've been trying to communicate to my peers since starting this endeavor. Moreso, I wanted to make something to help level the industry out. As I start to see things that make the industry feel more exclusive, where it was always meant to be an inclusive one, I want to relate to those of us still seeking direction.
It started as a web series called "Starving Artist", where I would follow other indies in an episodic fashion. As the work of that proved too much for one person, I decided to turn all existing footage into a project with a start and an end. I'm happy with what I've achieved, and ultimately hope it helps other artists.
What gave you the idea for this kind of documentary? Why not cover something else?
Well... it wasn't always this way. For my last film "Pixel Poetry", I actually filmed an interview with myself that I didn't use for the final cut of the film. I was afraid of including it for this reason, selfishness. I never want to come off that way to my viewers and friends.
So why include and make myself the main focal point of "Surviving Indie"? Because, through all the analyzation of whether or not I should do so, I discovered some of these things - my story is relatable, may have value to others, and I am the one person I have the most access too. I also found that those I were filming with became a sort of therapy for me, as I had been going through problems they had already conquered. It was a journey I wanted to share with others, as it was my own awakening.
Why did you put yourself in your own movie? Seems a little selfish to me...