Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Documentary Misses Funding, But Still In The Works

by Robert Workman


A little while back, some producers launched a crowdfunding campaign for a documentary film based on the history of the best-selling Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, titled Pretending I’m a Superman. Despite a lot of hype that went into the campaign, the crowdfunding came up short, only producing $17,409 of the necessary $75,000 to make the film.

That said, though, the producers appear to be moving on with the project anyway, as they really want to see it get made. The team released a statement, which can be read below:

“30 days ago, we launched our Indiegogo campaign hoping to raise $75,000 to help finish our documentary about the Tony Hawk games.

As many of you know, the crowdfunding campaign didn’t reach the financial goal we had hoped. As of writing this open letter, we have received a total of $17,409 from 291 backers, which is about 23 percent of our original goal. It has been a great learning experience and your feedback has been the best.

However, instead of re-launching or extending the campaign, we have decided to collect the funds we have at the moment and end the campaign as a whole.

We decided to launch the crowdfunding campaign in order to find out if people would be interested in watching a full-length documentary about the Tony Hawk games. It turned out that there is, in fact, a pretty big audience that found the project interesting. The great publicity we received from Rolling Stone, A.V. Club, Kotaku and others helped in getting the word our there.

The end has not fallen upon us, as we will still continue to work on Pretending I’m a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story, with the funds we currently have.

Our plan was never to entirely rely on an Indiegogo campaign. If we would have received the full sum, the process of making the documentary may have gone faster but we are in it for the long or should haul, regardless. Multiple sponsors have shown great interest and because of that, we’ll be able to continue.

Thanks again for your support!”

We certainly wish the team the best of luck. You can keep checking on progress on the film on the official Twitter page.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.