49 minutes

Rock Paper Scissors : A Geek Tragedy – Mike McKeown

May 11, 2016

005 – Part Two of the Rock Paper Scissors documentary has us dig into the making of this movie with the filmmaker, Mike McKeown.

Host Matt and Mike discuss:

  • Gaining access and trust of his subjects.
  • Finding gold in the first few interviews.
  • How this little idea to cover these guys and “perhaps make a short film” became a multi year odyssey.
  • Finding out if he took “artistic license” to create “a bad guy” with one of the characters?
  • Digging through 140 hours of footage to make this movie.
  • Figuring out how to get the movie into festivals.
Geek Out With Show Notes

Be sure to listen to Part One of this series.

Buy the movie on  IndiePix or iTunes.

Good N Proper – Production company that Mike partnered with to get the movie seen.

Some documentaries that Mike recommends:
The 7Up Series – Doc series that follows British children every 7 years, from age 7 to 56.
SpellBound – 2002 Academy Award nominee follows 8 young competitors in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
SuperSize Me – Morgan Spurlock’s first foray into film making that changed the way we look at fast food and inspired a 1000 copycats.
MurderBall – Nominated for the 2006 Academy Award, this film follows disabled athletes who play wheelchair rugby.

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters –  Everyone’s favorite. We really want to talk to filmmaker, Seth Gordon. Anyone have a connection?

The Christopher Guest mockumentaries – Mike watches these at least once a year.

How It Got Made

To further educate our audience about how these documentaries get finished. We will include the equipment and software used to make the movie happen. Mike told us:

“The film was shot on a Canon XL1 & Sony VX2000. (Good old mini-DV days)…And it was edited on FCP (4, I think)”


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