Fundraised Indie Videogame Rom-Com Flick ‘What Goes Up’ Complete, Now Up For Pre-Order
In the summer of 2013 a group of University of Lincoln students raised over £3,000 via fundraising platform IndieGoGo to make their first feature-length film, What Goes Up.
This past weekend, the film saw its premiere at Lincoln’s EMMTEC ahead of its general release next month.
Billed as a romantic-comedy with a quirky twist, What Goes Up follows socially awkward indie developer Lee through the ups-and-downs of both videogame development and falling in love.
Created on a budget of around three and a half thousand pounds, What Goes Up represents the collaborative effort of a crew of thirty or so people, all of whom volunteered their time to make the feature-length flick a reality.
Speaking at the What Goes Up premiere, Director Matt Gambell told Gamebrit that the production first started life nearly two years ago, then as an idea for a short-film based around time-travel. During development the project grew to a feature-length effort, leaving behind the complexities of time-travel to instead focus on the core story — the tale of a rookie games developer.
Despite axing the initial time-travel aspects of the story, the film still pays homage to time-travel classic, Back To The Future. However, the pop-culture references don’t end there, with many videogaming nods found throughout, including thrusting at a Kinect, Portal gags, and an entertainingly precise take on the current state of ‘blockbuster’ games.
The film is set to be released on December 19th, and is currently available to pre-order for just under £4.