My name is Radek Jedrzejczak. I come from Poland and I work as a director, camera operator and editor at my own small film studio called "Talk To The Frog". Through 10 years of professional experience I have made short films, music videos and many advertising movies. This movie will be my debut documentary feature.
Here I am...
Here are some examples of my work
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Why GOLDEN FIVE and why COUNTER-STRIKE?
In 2010 I read an article about Polish gamers who won the golden medal at the World Cyber Games in Chengdu (China) playing a game called Counter-Strike. I was intrigued and the aspects of e-sport and professional gaming surprised me. I had never considered playing computer games could be a serious profession. In time, I met these Polish players and decided to make a documentary movie about their team. I followed them through tournaments in Kiev, Hanover and Yonköping (Sweden) but financial considerations meant I had to abandon the idea for the feature. Meanwhile, Much change had occurred both in the game and in the Polish team. Counter-Strike 1.6 became Counter-Strike Global Offensive, and the team replaced two of their main players for younger ones, however, the core of the group stayed the same.
Now, through crowd-founding and the Indiegogo platform I have found an opportunity to finish this movie and have decided to revisit the topic. I'm still impressed by these guys who have been playing professionally since 2004; about their passion for the game and their will to fight.
If you also like this team, you share a passion for Counter-Strike or gaming in general, and you would like to see this movie completed, please support our project.
Any help would be very much appreciated.
Team from these days: Taz, Pasha, Snax, Neo, Byali
Team from 2010-2013: Pasha, Loord, Neo, Taz, Kuben
Team from 2006-2009: Taz, Neo, Luq, Loord, Kuben
Our story begins in the present day, I hope to begin shooting again before the Intel Extreme Masters tournament in Katowice, which takes place over the weekend of 14-16 March, 2014. We will visit the gamers at their homes and meet people from their close surroundings; parents, friends, girlfriends. It is interesting to me to discover what these people think of their friend's gaming career and how much support they offer. I would also like to show what our players do when they aren't playing Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO).
Meanwhile we will travel back in time, to learn how our heroes began playing Counter-Strike, how they met each other and how their team has been shaping over the years, through victories and defeats. We will show the best moments of their career: Their 3 times gold medal victories at WCG(2006, 2009, 2011), two gold medals at IEM(2007, 2012) and ESWC(2007, 2008).
Returning to the present, our story will follow the team before one of the most important tournaments in the world which is IEM in Katowice. We will follow their practice during bootcamp, how they prepare tactics and strategies. How they build the fighting spirit of their team and the communication between players. The final part of the film will show the emotional rollercoaster that is gaming as we see the team perform at the tournament. We will see how important communication is to the players how the crowd reacts to the gameplay. We will also follow the team to the next tournaments in Yonkoping (Dreamhack, Sweden) and in Paris(ESWC).
The funds from Indiegogo will be used to cover travel costs and the cost of our crew. We need a few camera operators to shoot at one time (when players have online training at home, at the tournament - to film both the players and reaction of their parents, girlfriends, etc). The most important cost will be to finish shooting. The rest, editing, fragmovies and postproduction, I will be able to collaborate with friends.
I hope that there are many fans of Counter-Strike in the world and that you would like to see the history of Neo, Taz, Luq, Kuben, Loord and Pasha.
WHAT I THINK ABOUT E-SPORT
We all are living in this digital age. E-sport is a sign of our times; a new type of sport - digital sport. We just have another tool to compete - a computer and a game. The rest remains the same: we have players, training, clans(like football clubs) and the most important thing we have is real, very emotional, competition and of course many fans.
This movie will highlight the beginning and growth of this Counter-Strike e-sport, and after 50-100 years it will have real documentary values. I'm positive about that.
This will be story about one of the best teams in e-sport history.
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