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The 8-Bit Generation Reboot —

Back in 2012, I wrote an entry called 8-Bit Generation: Missing in Action, in which I described and lamented a seemingly lost and impeccably filmed documentary called The 8-Bit Generation.


And on September 13th, 2014, on my 44th birthday, I was able to show an audience footage from the series, along with interviewing the producer of the film, Bruno Grampa, who had been flown from Milan for the occasion (the XOXO Festival in Portland, OR). I also had extensive conversation with the creators both in e-mail and in person at the event.

Here is VERY ROUGH AND GENERAL INFORMATION that I will pass along to you, and which will get more details in the next few months.

  • The work is real – there are 55+ interviews with a whole range of amazing characters from the story of 8-bit computers and videogames.
  • Some of these people, like Stan Veit and Jack Tramiel, are no longer with us.
  • They have major amounts of the work edited, and some of these sequences were shown at XOXO, showing how they tell the story about early computer technology and the industry.
  • The sound and video is impeccable, just like the trailers. Zoe Blade did a lot of the music.
  • The company/production house that did the filming and editing went out of business, more than a dozen people lost jobs.
  • The rough plan is to do a crowdsource raising of funds, finish a full-length documentary, and then hopefully go from there to make a series.

Now, I’m not involved in the production or creative direction – I’m just someone from the sidelines who saw a chance to help a production in need. Still, I’m going to help where I can.

People paid in money and got nothing – including me. Rest assured, nobody is living high off that money. Folks went basically broke. Now, with support and a recognition of the unique material, they are going to try and bring it back for release.

I’m sure there are questions, demands, anger, delight. I expect the production team to provide more information in coming weeks and months. I’ve connected them with some potential good folks to help with some of the things they need. I’ll be there as best as one can be.

However it goes, the effort is being made. Nobody wins if this thing disappears. Here’s hoping.



Categorised as: computer history | documentary

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  1. Daz says:

    I would LOVE to see this finished and released. Please keep us informed Jason. Thanks.

  2. kgagne says:

    Normally I’d say “I’ll believe it when I see it” — but Jason saw it, and that’s good enough for me. Thank you for the update.

  3. slcrubes says:

    Same here. I’d love to see this.

  4. Harmik says:

    Thanks so much for the information Jason.

  5. Really appreciate your work Jason and hoping that this work can be finished. Still think it`s a horrible way to threat it`s customer when we have to rely on you to dig out the information….going broke\burnout\etc can happen, but have the decency of letting us know.

  6. Thanks for the update.
    Hopeful to see this sooner than later…

  7. Absolutely! Thank you for the update! Really looking forward to this!

  8. Stian says:

    I would *love* to see something come of this! Please keep us posted if anything new comes up. A Kickstarter would be perfect.