Anaheim: full steam ahead + BARCRAFT DC!

I’ve been spending the last week getting everything together to go to MLG Anaheim this weekend, with only a short break for my birthday last weekend. I’ve been organizing the logistics, getting my flight plan ready, and hiring one of the best DPs I know to come with me.

I’ve worked with Stephen Tringali on several other projects, from music videos to experimental films. I’m extremely happy to have him on board for this weekend, and I know he’s going to shoot some amazing stuff. Since he moved to L.A. we haven’t gotten to be on set together as much, so I jumped on the chance to bring him on for this trip to California.

While I’m excited to be going to Anaheim (only my second trip to the west coast!) I’m also a little sad that I’m going that I’m going to be out of town for the weekend.

It’s not a new thing in America for sports fans to gather at bars for their favorite games. I’ve not really done that a lot in my life, actually I’ve only done it twice. But the first time was actually one of the inspirations for me to make Good Game.

You see, my first sports bar experience was going to see the US vs. Alegria game in the group stage of the World Cup last year. I don’t know if you remember, but there was a pretty epic goal in the 91st minute of the game.

It was kind of a big deal, and it would have been exciting even if I was just watching it at home on my couch. But the reason this was such a big memory for me was that I was in a crowd, and I realized how much being in that crowd of people made everything just that much more FUN.

What in the world does this have to do with Starcraft? Well, Starcraft fans are a community. They are like sports fans, they want to get together and watch the ups and downs of the big event together. And having cheap beers while they watch certainly makes it all the more fun.

Which is why Barcraft exists. This weekend, the people who have been organizing meet ups in my area will be having a big event at a bar called Public Tenley on Sunday. And I really, really wish I could be there.

I wanted to make this film because as long as I had been playing Starcraft, and as much as I had watched Tastless casting, it wasn’t until I went to MLG DC last year, not too long after that experience watching the World Cup, that I realized just how much excitement and fun there was to be had in the world of e-sports. At MLG, I saw that same sort of atmosphere as I felt in the bar when that goal got the US to the next round of play.

If you’re in the D.C. area, then you probably won’t be able to fly out to California to attend the Anaheim tournament in person. But you CAN join everybody at Barcraft DC and I guarantee you that you will have a great time. Even if you’ve never seen a Starcraft game before, even if you don’t play games yourself, by the time you leave you will see how great this whole scene really is. You have to stop by.

(As a side note, if you’re not in Anaheim OR in D.C. then you can look for other Barcraft events on Reddit.