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TheRichard
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I have several prototypes under my belt and I have always wanted to make "Official" movie games. Most of the games I have done have been horror and sci-fi. I am currently playtesting my first horror 'card' game based on Friday the 13th. I can easily change it up for a generic, but I love the idea of official. I sent an inquiry to New Line Cinemas about licensing and still waiting a reply. My question is, is it the studio that I need to talk to first? or should I get an agent?
I live in Hollywood, so close to everything, yet it seems to be so far away when wanting to talk to someone. How should I go about proposing the idea to them?

Another situation, I created a board game based on the kids movie Labou. I am friends with the producer. She likes the idea, but because the movie is new and they are still waiting on numbers, she says they'll get back to me. Is there some way that I can team up with a game company to represent me to get better deals for production or something?

TheRichard
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apeloverage
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a couple of ideas:

i) movies that are well-known, but in the public domain. For example Nosferatu or Night of the Living Dead.

ii) movies that aren't in the public domain, but are based on intellectual property that is. For example I believe there's a Sherlock Holmes movie coming out soon (obviously you couldn't use stills from the movie in these cases).

TheRichard
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NOTLD.... would work..

Night of the Living Dead works with the engine for my card game. Players are victims and instead of one killer there's multiple. I hadn't thought of that one. I have made lots of zombie involved games, but nothing official. I'll look into that. Thanks

ps I know there's lots of zombie stuff out there, but if the overhead is low enough, players might agree there's always room for zombies. I know I do.

scifiantihero
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If . . .

. . . you changed that to "always room for space pirates," I'd probably agree too!

:)

apeloverage
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There's a partial list at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_in_the_public_domain

Most of them seem to be 'B-Movies', so you could do that 'Hercules: Vampire Hunter' game you've always dreamed of :)

TheRichard
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There's some cheese

There are some possibilities there. Thanks for the list!
My Friday the 13th game is super cheesy, but players are calling it addictive. I am gonna work on another film, using the same system. I am thinking of turning into a generic movie survival game with generic rip offs. I love the idea of the Official status, but dealing with the studios is gonna be a bit more than what it might work out to be. I did find a good entertainment lawyer though. We'll see. After a bit more testing I'll probably just print the cards myself and send out some test decks...

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TheRichard
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Anybody know a good place to print cards?

I want to make about ten tester decks. For this I'll prob just print out myself, but I wanna look at self publishing options for the horror decks. Any recommendations on printers?
I am leaning towards making the game generic now. I have the Friday the 13th done and am working on the Nightmare on Elm Street deck. NOES is trickier, and different from F13 because your characters are in and out of sleep. In F13, they are just stupid teens running around doing as much naughty stuff as possible. In NOES, they are trying to stay awake and figure out what the hell is going on. Both games, whether official or generic, are gonna be for over 18 because of the content. Because of this I think a generic might do better. What do you think?

TheRichard
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Friday The 13th Card Game

Hey Guys,
I have made major progress since the last posts. I am in contact with the film studio. They want to meet with me this month regarding my original Friday the 13th card game. I will have a good looking prototype for the presentation.
My question is this though. How do I go about protecting myself. I mean, they own the rights to the characters, but it's my system. Should I get an entertainment lawyer, or someone who deals in games?
TheRichard
tymetravellier@yahoo.com

hulken
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Usualy you a game producer

Usualy you a game producer will make you sign a waver that basicly say you can not sue them if they make a game exactly the same as yours. But here I do not think that is the case so if they rip you of theh you can sue them, unless you sign somthing stating the difrence...

No lawyer is neesisary at this point, if you get a contract then you might want to get a laeyer to look it ower. Or you can become a member of SAZ, http://www.spieleautorenzunft.de/. Sort of the onley official union for game creaters there is, they can probobly help you out with youre contract also. Also droping a gamecompany that have already licensed a game shoule probobly be very usefull. Asking them al sort of questions about the type of deal they have with the movie company.

Nice to se some one "making it" =) Good luck

Lucia_Flores
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Official movie games as in

Official movie games as in games made in collaboration with the production company of a particular film? This reminded me of these dragon games - http://www.schoolofdragons.com/ - which my son is always playing. These are based on DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon movie series and have the same characters in the games as in the movies. I'm not very sure how they started about making games for DreamWorks though, in the first place.

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