The Mists cinematic is once again a demonstration that the cinematic team at Blizzard can really deliver. It is a shame that they cannot be funded to create a longer movie. A short, mini-movie, or some such would be very popular in the community. Heck, get ’em to create the full length film; except for the massive team size needed and colossal cost to do so.
But then, why not have the thing partially or totally crowd / community funded?
Is it silly to think that folks might pre-pay for good digital film content? Even if that payment was fundamentally considered a gamble, or at worst a gift?
I’d put a small stake into a kickstarter to fund it. Call it a donation toward something different. Heck, call it a waste of money if you like, that would not be a first or last as far as games and movie go. With a few in-game or special art items as incentive you’d have a totally new way of funding the work too. Really spin the bucks by offering a custom tailored items for the angel investors.
Too commercial? Maybe. Too much product placement? Not compared to some of the rubbish we already see in cinema.
That team have delivered many outstanding cinematic. I’d love to see what they could produce.
- WoW Mists of Pandaria Cinematic Trailer (playlegit.net)
- Crowd funding: A guide for SMEs (xlntelecom.co.uk)
- WoW: Mists of Pandaria Cinematic Revealed (oldgamereviewer.com)