Mega Ran & Michael Cardoza release documentary MEGA-LO MANIA on DVD

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Chip hop performer Random is certainly a common name around these parts, considering his almost unstoppable series of releases since taking on the moniker of Mega Ran, not to mention the constant touring and many guest tracks and mixtapes he takes part in (including a few for GM4A). 

Now Mega Ran can add both star and film maker to his list of achievements with the release of the documentary MEGA-LO MANIA. Alongside film maker Michael Cardoza, the movie captures a portion of the life of Random as he tours through the US. Like any great DVD, there are also ton of bonus features including interviews, music videos, live performances and more. Expect a review here in the next couple weeks once I find some time to really sit down and enjoy all the features of MEGA-LO MANIA

All these Mega Ran memories can be yours by ordering the album for $12.99 via Mega Ran's bandcamp merch page and check out the official trailer below.

Support: The Players' Score - A Video Game Music Documentary begins Kickstarter campaign

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After some dedicated work by the folks behind The Player's Score - A Video Game Music Documentary. they have finally launched their Kickstarter campaign, and it's time to turn the hype up full force. As of the time of this writing, the TPS crew has 44 days left in which to raise a little over $20,000 to make their dream a reality. Depending on the size and weight of your wallet, you can donate anywhere from $5-$3000 (with physical rewards starting at the $35 price point) to support this documentary.

The Player's Score is a documentary aiming to show the impact of video game music via the endless amounts of musicians inspired by video game music, as well as the fans, events, and community that surrounds them. I've had the pleasure of meeting director Kory Caldwell and producer Keaton Slansky a few months ago, and I sincerely hope they are successfull in this endeavor. Not just for them and the rest of the crew, who are truly passionate about this project and the VGM scene, but also for the hundreds of fans like myself who have been waiting for the day that someone would undertake the cross country (and possibly even global) trek through the widely scattered VGM scene and create a great documentary from that footage.

Expect more coverage about The Player's Score as their kickstarter campaign heats up, be sure to check out their kickstarter page and spread the word.

I Got Next documentary now taking music submissions

Some fine folks with their ear to the fighting game community have no doubt heard of I Got Next. A documentary based on different members of the professional fighting game tournaments that take place all around the country and more. Well I am happy to announce that as the feature length version of the film gets ready for release, creator, Ian Cofino has announced that he is looking to the online video game inspired music community to help create the soundtrack for this documentary!

To take part in the project you can head right over to igotnextmovie.com/music.html to get the full scoop about song criteria and everything. Best of luck to all artists who create and contribute music to this project!

Also included below is the official press release for the soundtrack announcement.

“I Got Next” is a documentary film on the fighting game scene that started as my Senior Project at Purchase College, School of Art + Design. I originally envisioned a very small project, but as I traveled and became more involved with the scene, the documentary grew as well. I Got Next follows four prominent players, Justin Wong, Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez, Joe "iloveu" Ciaramelli and Mike Ross through their experiences in the fighting game scene.

Thanks to the generous community of players and film supporters (through Kickstarter.com), I have obtained additional funding to pay for travel expenses, equipment costs, and a new computer to edit and produce the feature length cut of the film.

Because “I Got Next” has been a community driven project on a shoestring budget, I would like to extend an invitation to everyone in the online music community to participate in a collaboration for the film's soundtrack. I am holding open submissions for musicians to send their arrangements to a panel of judges for a chance to be used in the film. Every artist is encouraged to take part (VG inspired, Nerdcore, Hip-Hop, Rock, Electronic, etc.)

Submissions will be open until Spring 2010.

The short cut of “I Got Next” has been shown at Gallery Nucleus in Pasadena, CA, and gaming conventions across the country such as PAX (the Penny Arcade Expo), one of the largest gaming expos in the world. It has even been featured on prominent mainstream gaming sites like “G4TV,” “the Escapist Magazine,” and “Joystiq” as well as documentary sites such as the “Submarine Channel”. The “short cut” of the film has been downloaded, in total from various sites across the internet, over 30,000 times.

I wish to thank the gaming and film community for your generous support of my film. Without your help, I would not be at this stage of development.

Please visit http://www.igotnextmovie.com/music.html for additional information and to submit your music.

- Ian Cofino