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OREGON TRAIL DOCUMENTARY

$5,035 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 95 people in 11 months


Everyone remembers reading the fatal words, "you have died of dysentery," on a computer screen in an Elementary School computer lab! But does anyone know how the game was created!

Hi, I'm Jim Stewart Allen! I stream educational computer games on twitch, as well as substitute teach, as well as do stand up comedy, as well as act! (Have you seen me in the new batch of Oregon Lottery commercials, they are amazing!) But most importantly, I have been playing Oregon Trail since 3rd grade (21 years!) Most recently I finished streaming at least one simulation of Oregon Trail on my twitch channel for 1 year, 8 months, and 22 days in a row!

My twitch account!
 

Along with my friend since High School Sam Han, we want to create a documentary that tells the story of the creation and rise of the #1 best selling educational computer game of all time, The Oregon Trail!

A few months ago I sent out a hopeful message to one of the original creators of the 1971 teletype game, Don Rawitsch, and you know what?? He is interested in what we can do with this story and wants to participate in it! We want him, as well as some other key players (Bill Heinneman, Paul Dillenberger, Philip Bouchard and Wayne Studer) to tell the story of how the game went from a simple teletype game for a classroom of students, to a nationwide hit that made its way into numerous homes and computer labs across the country!

But to do this we need your help! This is a grassroots operation right now and we don't have any private backers or companies helping us out! We have the talent, we have the passion, but we need the funding to cover what those won't! The money we make from these donations will go towards things such as travel, so that we can fly to the important landmarks that made the Oregon Trail beautiful as well as the people are who can tell the story of how the game was made! It will cover the compensation for the creators telling these stories! It will cover the basic salaries for Sam and I's day to day work so that we can pay our bills! It will cover food and lodging so we can spend the time and energy engaging with these stories and getting the footage we need! It will cover post production work such as editing and graphic design work! And it will cover anything else we may not be able to see as we delve into the intricacies of this work!

Thank you so much for your support! We promise you that the finished product will look, sound and feel amazing to watch! We are taking this very seriously and plan on doing big things with this project! So thank you for your trust that we can knock this out of the park! Sam is amazing at what he does, if you need an reassurance of the quality of work coming from this, check out his demo reel:

http://www.rudystudios.com/

<3 Sam and JSA
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Thanks so much for helping to get us to Denver <3 I'm overwhelmed with so many emotions!
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I am very excited to announce we have an official interview date nailed down with the man himself!!!
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The perks have been added! Go check them out and thank you so much for your support!
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$5,035 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 95 people in 11 months
$5
Basic Level
Thank you so much for your interest in this project! We will write you a personal thank you for your donation on the GoFundMe page!
$25
Entry Level
A ticket to the premiere of our documentary! (location and date tbd) Or if you can't make it, a digital copy sent to you the night of the premiere!
$50
Next Level
Choice of poster or shirt created by a professional artist and signed by us, as well as a ticket to the premier or digital copy of the documentary!
$75
Ferry Operator
An invite to our exclusive Facebook Group to view behind the scenes content/bloopers as well as any 2 items from above (poster, shirt, ticket or digital copy)
$150
Greenhorn
A, "Greenhorn" film credit at the end of our film, exclusive content, as well as any 2 items from above (poster, shirt, premiere ticket or digital copy)
$250
Adventurer
An, "Adventurer" film credit as well as a photo book filled with professional pictures of our adventures during the documentary shoot! Also, any 3 items above!
$1,000
Exclusive Level
You get to join Sam and I for an editing session (live or skyped) where you can ask questions as well as view exclusive footage! Also, any 4 items from above!
$2,500
Trail Guide
A "Trail Guide," credit in the documentary! I will also come play Oregon Trail on a projector at your event, and Sam will film it! Also, any 5 items above!
$5,000
Ex. Producer
You get Executive Producer credits in our documentary as well as in real life! You are a producer now, congrats!!! You also get everything else listed above!
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