Playing the Game is a movie project inspired by the legendary true story of FC Start, a ragtag team of Ukrainian bakers who played high stakes soccer matches against the German Nazis during the middle of World War II.
Tyler Gooden, the writer and director of Playing the Game, pulls from historical accounts of these events that were shrouded in myth for decades behind the iron curtain in order to bring to the screen an entertaining and thought provoking experience. The metaphor of “life as a game” is played out cinematically as the bakers’ and the Nazis match strategy and wits for the soul of a nation. The only trophy in this game is loyalty, and no ordinary men would dare make the sacrifice they must make in order to reclaim the voice of their people.
Currently building a fanbase to launch the project forward, Mr. Gooden has raised finances and will now produce a short animated movie that introduces the story. This introductory animation is currently in preproduction, and Mr. Gooden plans to use this as short movie to gather financing for a large scale live action feature film within the next couple of years. You can find more about the project and keep up with its progress: https://www.facebook.com/playingthegameofficial http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2082677268/playing-the-game
Tyler has been working on this project for many years and it’s his dream to get it made. Why do you think a story like this is so important to him?
Why are we so interested in stories of the weak rising up against the powerful?
It’s often said that truth is stranger than fiction. How does the fact that this is a true story change how you feel about it?
Countries and their citizens seem to care a lot if they win events like the Olympics or the World Cup. Why is sport so connected with national pride?
Do you think this spirit of competition can bring countries together or inspires even more competition and rivalry? Can you think of any examples of either of these cases?