I ADORE MY 64
A Film by Jeff Schaap
Concept Teaser Trailer
It's been said that the victors write the history books. Names like Apple, IBM, Atari and Tandy are well known as the titans of the earliest days of the home computer wars. However, the lesser known Commodore 64 is without question the single most influential force in the birth of the market. The impact it's has had on millions of people continues to be felt today.
Other films have focused on the history of Commodore and the main figures in the company itself. By contrast, I Adore My 64 will feature people within the communities that continue to keep the Commodore 64's legacy alive and well today.
The Film's Storytelling Approach
The film will intertwine a series a of vignettes about individuals who have been impacted by their intersection with the Commodore 64. Collectors, product developers, video game and software designers will all share their personal stories about why they came to love this unique machine. While some historical information will be presented for the benefit of the uninitiated the film's primary focus will be on the undying commitment of the community that exists around the Commodore 64 today. This is not a history film but a love letter to an incredibly influential piece of technology that was decades ahead of its time.
About the Filmmaker
A passionate visual story teller with over 25 years experience Jeff Schaap grew up with the Commodore 64 as his first home computer. From playing video games to programming and creating homespun videos much of his youth was spent interacting with his Commodore 64 and later a 64C. During his college career the video editing system he trained on was a NewTek Video Toaster based on the Commodore Amiga 2000. Today, Jeff works as a filmmaker producing mini-documentaries for a global non-profit. However, he also relives his youthful enthusiasm for the Commodore as he collects, repairs, restores and resells Commodore 64's and related hardware. Some of Jeff's previous work can be seen here:
Shooting on location on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska
April 2, 2022
I've never known a major film production that hasn't faced some obstacles and this one isn't any different. We were all set to interview our third person for the film's preview. However, hours before we were to leave an unexpected medical need arose within my family and we had to cancel. Our interviewee has been very gracious about the delay. We're actively working to reschedule this shoot and we hope to have it completed by the end of this month.
In the meantime I've actively been working on Bo and David's segments. I am very happy with how they are turning out. I've also begun to shoot studio setups of various Commodore machines as b-roll for some of the narratives. I'm really excited about all the progress.
December 14, 2021
Our first two production shoots have wrapped! While there were a few snafus (I'll never fly Frontier airlines again) we had incredible with our first two interviewees for the film. The first was Bo Zimmerman. He's well known within the Commodore community for his extensive collection of vintage Commodore computers and hardware. However, he also maintains the amazing website, zimmers.net that houses extensive documentation of Commodore hardware and software. He was very gracious and sat for a two and a half hour interview. We also filmed an extensive tour of his incredible collection. Later that same day the user group he founded, CTCUG, (Central Texas Commodore Users Group, facebook.com/ctcug/) had a meetup. It was an awesome opportunity to shoot footage of this group in action.
Bo's Commodore lab
Bo's exceedingly rare Commodore 65
Our second interviewee is no stranger to anyone who is into the retro computer scene be it Commodore or otherwise. David Murray is an incredibly popular YouTube content creator who has gained over a 1.3 million subscribers. David grew up on Commodore computers and alongside creating content for his YouTube channel, The 8-bit Guy (www.youtube.com/channel/UC8uT9cgJorJPWu7ITLGo9Ww) he also codes and distributes new games for the Commodore 64 and other retro computers. He's has his hand in some many thing that it's hard to know when he has time to sleep. But, he was very kind and gave us a one hour, forty minute interview. It was fascinating to hear about his personal history with the Commodore 64 and why he thinks it is such a unique and special machine within within the history of computers.
In March of 2022 we hope to conduct an interview with one last interviewee before we go on to create a preview of the film.
David Murray, aka the 8-bit Guy
Games David has developed
David's Commodore MAX, the first Commodore 64
November 16, 2021
It's officially begun! Flight, hotel and other details have been purchased. The first production trip for I Adore My 64 is December 11, 2021! We'll be capturing two of the three interviews needed to build the preview of the film for a Kickstarter campaign.
October 17, 2021
This project has really sprouted wings. Today, a third interviewee has agreed to appear in the preview of the film . It's another notable figure in the Commodore world who has a respectable collection of Commodore devices and some very rare items. They're only about three hours drive from our base of operations and we're dialoging about when we can conduct an interview.
September 28, 2021
Another huge development! A second major figure in the Commodore and retro computer community has agreed to be interviewed. We don't want to spoil the surprise but we will say that this individual runs a very popular YouTube channel that has over a million followers. We plan to shoot this interview during the same trip we capture the first interviewee. Plans are in motion for this to happen in late 2021.
It's happening! We've taken a huge leap toward turning this project into reality!
It's with great excitement that we're announcing that a well known figure within the Commodore 64 community has agreed to be interviewed for the launch preview of the film. In turn, the interview and associated footage will be developed into a vignette that will exemplify what the final film will look and feel like. Once complete it will be used to help promote the official Kickstarter campaign for the film.
Presently, I Adore My 64 is seeking funding and reaching out to potential interviewees for the film. If you are personally connected to someone that you feel should be considered for an interview please contact us via the form below.
Concept development and initial research is underway. A concept teaser trailer for the film has been released.
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