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Growing the 8 Bit Generation - Kickstarter

My money is going to the Kickstarter for the video, "Growing the 8 Bit Generation". In the works for quite awhile, this documentary will have such Commodore luminaries as Chuck Peddle, Bil Herd, Al Charpentier, Andy Finkel, Joe Decuir, Michael Tomczyk, Jeff Minter, and in his last interview, Jack Tramiel!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1744798558/growing-the-8-bit-genera...

29 days to go,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

Edited by: RobertB on 2015-08-27 01:20
Re: Growing the 8 Bit Generation - Kickstarter

There's a new preview trailer at

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1744798558/growing-the-8-bit-genera...

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

Re: Growing the 8 Bit Generation - Kickstarter

As of today, the Kickstarter for the video has garnered almost 65% of its goal.

With 24 days to go,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

Re: Growing the 8 Bit Generation - Kickstarter

Goal! The Kickstarter has been successful!

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

Re: Growing the 8 Bit Generation - Kickstarter

As updated on their Kickstarter page,

"...the documentary will be ready for end of January/first week of February."

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

Re: Growing the 8 Bit Generation - Kickstarter

Yesterday, the one-hour, 39-minute documentary was released on-line for all Kickstarter backers! Wow! Very professionally done! It was great hearing from Jack Tramiel, Lenard Tramiel, Chuck Peddle, Al Charpentier, Jeff Minter, Bil Herd, Andy Finkel, Michael Tomczyk, Steve Wozniak, and more.

The documentary began with the calculator age and then expanded to the KIM-1 followed by computer developments in Apple, Commodore, Tandy/Radio Shack, Sinclair, and a little bit of Texas Instruments and Atari. Most of the emphasis was on Commodore with lots of content on the PET, VIC-20, and C64 (but no mention of the Plus/4 and C128, as those were post-Tramiel).

Technically, the sound balance was better than the preview, and Bil Herd gave a forceful narration instead of the unknown British person in the preview. However, I did catch three errors (!) with a video-editing placeholder which read, "Narrator". :)

Bonus -- there is a separate, 59-minute video entitled, "The Last Jack Tramiel Interview".

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

These days, when ever I see a
These days, when ever I see a project associated with "kickstarter", I run in the opposite direction. It usually means an over priced idea that can't stand on its own. If it is a good idea, it usually locks too many people out, who aren't right on top of it.
C-128 w/2Mb REU, & Video RAM upgrade C-64 w/modern PLA Amiga 2000, '030, 24Mb RAM
Growing the 8 Bit Generation - public premiere

The film, "Growing the 8 Bit Generation", has its first public screening at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View (South Bay area of San Francisco), California. For more information, go to

http://www.computerhistory.org/events/upcoming/#growing-8-bit-generation...

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

I will be there. :)
I will be there. :)
Re: I will be there. :)

Oh, a special flight to the West Coast? When are you arriving, and when are you departing?

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

Re: Growing the 8 Bit Generation - public premiere

The final cut of "Growing the 8 Bit Generation" has been released to Kickstarter backers. The final cut has corrected end credits, a remixed audio track, and other errors deleted.

On Tue, March 1, 2016 8:36 pm, I wrote:

> The film, "Growing the 8 Bit Generation", has its first public screening at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, at the Computer History Museum
> in Mountain View (South Bay area of San Francisco), California.

From http://www.computerhistory.org/events/upcoming/#growing-8-bit-generation --

The documentary "Growing the 8 Bit Generation," produced by the 8bit Generation Project, focuses on the Commodore 64’s role in the home computer explosion and the personal computer revolution. The movie features never-before-seen interviews with Jack and Leonard Tramiel, Chuck Peddle, Al Charpentier, Bil Herd, Michael Tomczyk, Dave Rolfe, Richard Garriot, Jeff Minter, and Andy Finkel, as well as Steve Wozniak, Nigel Searle, John Grant, Nolan Bushnell, Al Alcorn, and Joe Decuir.

The 8bit Generation Project is a labor of love and takes its name from the 8-bit microprocessor popular in machines from the early 1970s to the end of the 1980s. The 8-bit generation was characterized by young entrepreneurs, engineers, visionaries, dreamers, and geniuses who wanted to change their lives and ended up changing the world.

Executive Producer Bruno Grampa will join Museum CEO John Hollar for a fireside chat and audience Q&A.

Date
Wednesday March 30, 2016

Speakers
Bruno Grampa
Bil Herd

Moderators
John Hollar

6:30 PM
Check-in

7:00 PM
Film Screening of "Growing the 8 Bit Generation"

8:30 PM
Executive Producer Bruno Grampa in conversation with Museum CEO John Hollar

Location
Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043

Don't forget to register at the above link for free admission to the event.

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

Hi Robert,
Hi Robert, I will be in the Sunnyvale area all of Wednesday and then will be attending the event with Bruno for the Q&A period. Unfortunately I did not clear my schedule quick enough to get in the program listing at CHM but I will be there. Sad to think that the last time I was there two of my ex-bosses were on stage: Jack Tramiel and Adam Chowaniec both of whom have passed away. Maybe meet up with you and anybody else attending around the 6:30 mark? Bil
Re: Hi Robert

See you soon.

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm

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