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Creating a free movie trailer to spread the game of Go (also known as Baduk or Weiqi).
Lars Walther
Video / Web
2 Team Members

Short Summary

Dear Go players and players-to-be! As we all know, Go is an absolutely fascinating game, and we are always searching for more fans, more fellow players, to spread this game. Of course, in Asia it is far beyond popular, but in the rest of the world, there is still a lot of potential.

We want to contribute something to use this potential. We want to make a short video clip, like a movie trailer, to promote the game of Go. Its goal is not to explain the rules, but to create some fascinating atmosphere to represent the game. The novice will see it and say "Whoa, what's that game? Wanna learn more!".

  • The result of this project: a 2 to 4 minute movie trailer style video clip, that presents Go in a context that is interesting to anyone even without knowledge of the game. They will pass it one. It will catch someone's eye.
  • It will be freely available on Youtube (and without advertisement or stuff). You can use it to promote the game wherever you want.
  • You will be part in what will help to attract the next generation of players.

So who are we, and why are we doing this? 

  • We are brothers from Germany. One (Sven) is a Go player and computer scientist. Inspiring people with interesting stuff is his kind of fuel.
  • The other (Lars) is an actor and filmmaker. Being active on stage and behind the camera, he was wowed by the stories and the drama in a game that appears to be so simple.

For us, this combination seems to be an obligation to promote the game. 

What We Need & What You Get

We are already talking to some sponsors, but in addition to that, we need an amount of 8,000 US dollars (more precisely: 6,000 euros, which is roughly the same plus some buffer).

  • Why? Because we will work with real actors and real movie people. The result will be a professional clip. It was either this, or going out with our camera, visiting the next Go club, and hoping for cooperation (we hope for that, either way! You hear, Düsseldorf?).
  • Where does it go? Roughly two parts will go to the crew and cast, another two parts to equipment, make-up, props, catering, insurance, and other organizational stuff. The last part is reserved for post-production, including music.

And if you join us? You can say to the newbies-to-come: "Remember your first impression of Go? I made it happen!" But of course there's something more to support our goal of spreading the word. Have a look at the perks:

  • There is always the fame, on our website and on the ready-made clip!
  • Need an offline-version for your convention? Need a feature-film-style poster to promote your club or the next congress?
  • Interested in your own "moving cover" for your Go website? Or some mini-commercial for your club? You're welcome!
  • Every perk includes all unlimited lower perks.

And if it won't work? No problem. This is a fixed-funding campaign. If we don't reach the goal, you get your money back (but unfortunately, there won't be any spot in that case).

And if it works too good? We have some ideas, like:

  • 15,000: 5.1 Full Surround Mix, plus a comic version of the spot, ready for download and as a printable booklet, useable for promotion by everyone.
  • 20,000: We will address a second spot, based on ideas you can (a) contribute and (b) decide on!

The Impact

There is a difference between explaining the game and showing the feel of it. It's great that the rules are that easy, and everybody who is already interested in Go will definitely learn them. But we target at the casual Youtube-watcher-and-video-sharer. The spot shall be worth viewing without knowing anything about Go. Without wanting to learn it.

But by spreading it, it will reach the ones that are longing for a game like Go. They will learn about it. They will play.

Other Ways You Can Help

Go is international. Go crosses borders. We are going to have subtitles in as many languages as possible. To achieve that, we are in need of translators and proofreaders. So whatever language you speak as a native language, if you are interested in helping us, write us an email!

And the most important things of all:

  • Play Go!
  • Spread the word.
  • Have lots of nice games!
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raised by 202 people in 1 month
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$8,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on March 25, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Thank You

    There is always the fame! You are part of it, and on our website the whole world can see it! (You will be featured in the website credits).

    3 claimed
  • $5USD
    Your Credits

    There is always the fame! You are part of it, and in the credits of the clip everybody will see it! (You will be featured in the credits of the Youtube spot).

    36 out of 200 claimed
  • $10USD
    Board of Fame

    The fame is with you! You will receive a named stone of a game presented on our website on the board of fame!

    32 out of 254 claimed
  • $10USD
    Going Offline

    Need a clip-to-go? Just hit "save as" and go on! You get exclusive access to a downloadable version of the spot in blu-ray quality.

    26 claimed
  • $20USD
    In Theaters!

    It looks like a movie trailer, and there will be posters to announce that feature film. You can download high-quality posters in feature-film-style, ready to print as many as you like, e.g. to use to advertise your club.

    37 claimed
  • $30USD
    Email Address

    Everyone can see that you are a part of it: because <yourname>@playmorego.com is your new email address (alias/forwarded to your mailbox).

    14 claimed
  • $50USD
    Making Of

    There will be an exclusive making-of of this project. We won't release it on the internet, but you can get it, for download!

    14 claimed
  • $100USD
    Actor's Salute

    It will be an honor for our actors to make a personalized thank-you clip, just for you! For download and promotion on our website and/or Youtube channel, at your choice.

    8 out of 15 claimed
  • $100USD
    Moving Cover

    Have a picture of Go players at your website? What about a moving picture instead, featuring our main actors? We won't share them on Youtube, only available here for download.

    2 claimed
  • $300USD
    Featuring: You

    Send us information about you and/or your club, and we will tell your story as a part of our exclusive making-of!

    1 out of 3 claimed
  • $500USD
    VIP credits

    There is always the fame, and you are part of it! Your name or logo will prominently appear in the credits of the Youtube spot.

    3 out of 10 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Introducing: Your Club

    Want a spot for yourself? We will film a 30-second commercial for your Go club, featuring our actors, just for you! (Beware: we will feature only Go clubs!)

    0 out of 3 claimed
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