As you might expect, I’m constantly refining all aspects of GET LAMP as I go. I made a lot of choices over the past few years, and took the filming in lots of directions; some of them paid off and others didn’t.
One of them paid off, but I’m making a big decision with it anyway.
As part of the filming, I did a few interviews related to gamebooks, those interactive books where you can make a choice about where to take the story next. I am not calling them by their colloquial name on purpose. I got a nice round of people, too, creators and writers and collectors and more. The episode that would focus on them is in okay shape, worked on here and there.
But I’ve decided it’s not going to go on the DVD. Instead, after the GET LAMP DVD goes off to the printers, I’m going to finish editing it, and release it for free.
Let’s be clear – nobody is doing anything to me, nobody is making me make this choice. I just looked at the whole gestalt of the production and the DVD and find that the gamebooks episode is both an odd duck and a problematic use of the space of the DVDs. It’s a cool story, and I’m very glad I filmed everyone, and obviously I’m going to release it, but absolutely nothing else on the DVD relates to it. Everything else is about computers and interactive fiction and text adventures. It just doesn’t belong there.
That’s one of the advantages of the modern era – even with something cleaved this late in the game, there’s a place for it. It’ll be online, in high definition, and accessible to everyone. The story will be told, and the people will have not wasted their time, or, conversely, I am not really forced into putting it in even though I feel it doesn’t fit on the disc anymore. So really, everyone wins on this.
Of course, if you were buying the DVD specifically and only for the Gamebooks episode (and I think that would be strange), let me know, I can issue a refund. But I promise you, the remaining items are stronger and thematic for it.
So, enjoy the free documentary, when it comes out. It’s another subject that should have gotten a documentary long ago, and I’m happy I’ll be able to tell its story.