Jon at i am 8bit has some sad news: while they were holding a great launch party out in Glendale, CA for Super Street Fighter IV, at the end of the night someone stole the equipment containing all the shot footage.|
That's right - an entire night's footage, gone. Interviews, crowd footage, events, documentary footage, everything.
If you know anything, please, PLEASE send Jon an email.
His plea to the gaming community is below. It's a sad day when something like this happens.
Dear Street Fighters,
Last night, we launched Super Street Fighter IV in Los Angeles with another Capcom Fight Club.
In tandem with the great folks at Capcom, the party went off with an explosive bang. Hundreds waited in line since 9am (the doors opened at 8pm), and ultimately, nearly 2,000 people showed up to get their hands on the game early. Unfortunately, the massive warehouse space that played host to the club wasn't big enough to accomodate everyone, so our apologies to any fans that didn't get in.
And, wow - who thought so many gamers would be willing to lube up and Turkish Oil Wrestle? They did... and it was a sight to behold!
However, I digress...
Right before the event ended, at about 11:30pm, someone stole several pieces of production equipment from us:
* Mac Book Pro
* Two (2) Kodak zi8 HD cameras
* Lots of SD cards
We could care less about the equipment itself. It's the FOOTAGE THAT MATTERS.
For the entire night, that Mac Book Pro, along with those SD cards, stored hours of footage from the event. It was really great stuff that is now gone because someone decided to take the shiny objects.
We were helping to complete a documentary for Japanese television about Daigo, who was flown into town specifically to compete at the fight club.
On that laptop and those cameras was valuable footage that immortalized the player.
Also, there was literally tons of other great interviews, cosplaying, and fan-focused stuff that we were going to cut together this weekend to share with the whole community.
Sadly, it is gone.
We are prepared to offer a cash reward if that footage is returned to us. We don't care who stole it, we just want it back. We will NOT drag anyone through the mud; your identity will be kept secret. We can promise you that.
Just please, come forward. We can arrange for a drop point somewhere in Los Angeles.
Seriously, this footage meant the world to us. It was important to Daigo. It was important to Capcom.
We produce these kinds of events for the fans, and for the evidence of such a night to be ripped out from under us - well, it hurts.
It really hurts.
If anyone knows anything, please e-mail me directly. Your name will be kept anonymous. We are not out to get anyway.
Any and all leads would be immensely appreciated.
We will pay. Cash.
Jon M. Gibson, Founder
i am 8-bit Productions