Documentary on how the top WoW guilds compete against each other, insight on strategies and a few more things, check it out, definitely worth a watch.
While Blood Legion is consistently one of the top-ranked guilds in the United States, it has so far been unable to defeat the EU guild Paragon. Race to World First documents the struggles, triumphs, and frustrations of Blood Legion as it prepares to beat the newest bosses released in World of Warcraft.
This is a global battle between 12 million people, and competition is intense. As the race gets underway, the film broadens in scope to include players from Finland, Russia, Australia, Great Britain, Greece, Canada, and Germany. They discuss what it takes to compete at the highest level, and the rivalries and life/game conflicts that inevitably arise.
Race to World First is the inside story of a community that remains largely hidden from the general public, and is negatively stereotyped in the media. The film redefines the image of the gamer, focusing on the commitment, cooperation, and tremendous diversity within this culture, and on the many positive aspects of the massively multi-player online (MMO) community.
For gamers both proud and closeted, it is about time.
John Keating and Zachary Henderson founded Looking for Group Productions in 2009 after working alongside each other on various New York City film and television productions for six years. Their goal was to create films that they believed in, and to simply have fun.
The term "looking for group" has been in use since the advent of online gaming, and describes the search for like-minded people with whom to have an adventure.
John Keating, originally from Rockford, IL, headed east at the age of 20 to study at the New York Film Academy. Upon graduation, he learned his trade as a lighting and camera technician working on productions throughout the city. He joined IATSE Local 52 in 2001 and has since worked with Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers, Errol Morris, Robert DeNiro and others.
As a documentary filmmaker, John admires Jamie Johnson's Born Rich (2003) and Errol Morris' The Thin Blue Line (1988). His love of fantasy began with Raiders of the Lost Ark and Blade Runner, and the early MMO games Star Wars Galaxies and Eve Online.
John began playing World of Warcraft in 2007 and has continued to play, when time permits, ever since. His character, "Cameraguy," is a Discipline Priest who is used mainly for player-versus-player battles. He also plays Starcraft 2 and is looking forward to Diablo 3.
When he is not working at LFG Productions, John is a gadget geek who is constantly looking for ways to upgrade and tweak his editing suite. He lives in Queens with his wife Cassandra, a makeup artist for television and film. They are expecting twins.
Zach Henderson, a native of Jacksonville, FL, always dreamed of working in show business. After graduating from Florida State University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Theater, he moved to New York City to work as a lighting and camera technician. He became a member of IATSE Local 52 in 2005 and has worked with Errol Morris, Steven Spielberg, and the Coen Brothers, and on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Race to World First is Zach's second documentary feature. In 2005, he shot, edited, and produced Cure Paralysis Now, a single-camera diary piece that follows a grass-roots movement for spinal cord injury research from Florida to Washington, DC. Among those featured were Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator John Kerry, and the late Dana Reeve.
Zach's gaming experience began as a kid, when he played Dungeons & Dragons in the back room of Dragon's Tale comic-book store in Atlantic Beach, FL. Rolling dice soon progressed to playing video games with early NES games Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy, and Faxanadu.
Since the release of Diablo in 1996, Zach has been hooked on Blizzard games. He is in the process of leveling up his latest World of Warcraft character, "BCamera," and hopes to make up for lost time after the release of Race to World First.
Zach lives in Brooklyn with his wife Lynne and their Shih-Tzu Leo.
John Keating/Zachary Henderson
Looking for Group Productions LLC
P.O. Box 5868
Astoria, NY 11105