Even when he was throwing strikes for the Red Sox, Curt Schilling was not like other baseball players. He would spend late nights buried in the computer screen, dreaming of building the greatest multiplayer game empire to rival World of Warcraft. When he retired, he took some of his own money and lots of others, including 75 million from the state of Rhode Island, to try and realize his dream.
Instead, his company, 38 Studios, ran through millions with little to show for it, ultimately collapsing into a mountain of debt. Through animation and interviews, the film tells us what happens when the aura of a legend overwhelms good sense. Game over.
//kneeon created this 20 minute, fully-animated short film for part of Meadowlark Media's Sports Explains The World series.
The film had its world premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival.
Directed by: Mike Healey and Maxwell Sorensen
Executive Producers: John Skipper, Gary Hoenig, Stanley Nelson, Smriti Keshari
Producers: Mike Healey, Maxwell Sorensen
Editor: Mike Healey
Written by: Marina Shifrin
Character Design: Daryl Rainbow, Glenn Thomas
Additional Character Design: Arthur Guttilla
Background and Prop Design: Glenn Thomas and Leo Fullerton
Storyboards: Chadwick Whitehead
Animators: Pavelas Laptevas, Mike Healey, Maxwell Sorensen, Arthur Guttilla, John LaPrime
Music by: Dan Deacon
Additional Music Composition: Maxwell Sorensen
Supervising Sound Editor: Arjun G. Sheth
Sound Design: Patrick Burgess
Foley Services: PostRed
Supervising Foley Artist: Biko Gogaladze
Foley Artist: Tornike Dzidzikashvili
Foley Mixer: Salome Maisuradze
Foley Editor: Levan Tserediani
Ennie Voiced by: Ian James Corlett
Reporting by: Bjian Stephen and Sanam Skelly
Meadowlark Media + Firelight Films