Beep is a documentary history of game sound from the Victorian arcades through to today, with a special focus on video game sound, but also including mechanical games and pinball. Beep is a feature film, a series of webisodes and DVD extras, a book, and a collection of resources here on this website. Beep began with a Kickstarter campaign in August/September 2014, and began filming in October 2014. Beep the film and book are scheduled for release in spring 2016. In the meantime, we will soon be releasing webisodes of our interviews for your enjoyment. These are free for viewers, but we encourage you to help us cover the costs by sponsoring a webisode.
Beep's interview list includes nearly 100 game composers, sound designers, programmers, voice artists, and implementation specialists. We'll be talking about their roles, their history, and their approach to making noise for games.
Beep has filmed, or will film, at GameSoundCon (Los Angeles, October 2014); Distant Worlds (Toronto, December 2014); MAGfest (Washington, January 2015); AES for Games (London, February 2015); Game Developers' Conference (San Francisco, March 2015), Seattle and Tokyo. Please feel free to come up and say hi if we're not in the middle of a shoot!
A ~90min documentary feature covering interviews and footage from the past 100 years of game sound.
Transcriptions of our full interviews, along with lots of extras from the history of game sound.
Featured content of full-length interviews from game sound designers, composers, audio directors, programmers, tools creators and more.
Our second webisode is now up on Vimeo. We've been hard at work getting together a special for Game Music Connect and wrappig up production. We have finished shooting and are deep at work on editing! We'd love to have you sponsor a webisode, so please check out our sponsors page! Watch our Vimeo page, or follow us on Vimeo, Facebook or Twitter for regular updates on the webisodes.
We are now releasing our interviews in a series of webisodes: The first one, Richard Ludlow of Hexany Audio is up now. Richard had a short but sweet interview about working in the industry, contracts and managing audio teams. If you're interested in getting into game audio, this is great one to watch! Webisodes are edited versions of our interviews, but the footage is raw (minimal colour correction and audio processing). We'd love to have you sponsor a webisode, so please check out our sponsors page! Watch our Vimeo page, or follow us on Vimeo, Facebook or Twitter for regular updates on the webisodes.
Sorry for the lack of updates--we do update Twitter and Facebook more regularly. We've been extremely busy travelling around the world to interview as many people as we can! We just wrapped up two weeks in beautiful San Francisco where we premiered a teaser at GDC. We've got a lot of work to do to edit all this footage now, and prepare for our next trips to Seattle and then Japan. We've finished our cycle of thank-yous on Twitter for all of our backers. If you backed us and didn't get thanked, please contact us. Webisodes will begin soon!
Happy New Year!
We just have a few announcements to start off the new year.
We're about to begin our thanking session on Twitter for our Kickstarter backers. Follow us to hear about the wonderful people that have helped to make Beep happen!
We're editing our first filming sessions from Los Angeles in September and October 2014 and busy building out our script and preparing for our next interviews!
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Beep raised about $60,000 through a Kickstarter campaign in September 2014. However, about $20,000 of that will go to fulfilling our obligations to our backers. We still require more funding to enable us to interview all of the great people we want to get to for this project. Equipment, Insurance, Travel, Interpreters and other expenses add up quickly on a film set! We really appreciate any help that you can offer us in the form of a donation. We will add you to our backers list and send out a Tweet in your name for all who donate more than $5 CAD.