Can you imagine the excitement around the Think Three office when we got news that the long, long awaited magnum filmus opus (or is it opus filmus magnum?) on the RPS movement – Rock Paper Scissors: The Documentary was selected to have it's World Premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival September 25th ?
Well, let's just say that we are still cleaning someone's Mello Yello that was sprayed all around the room in celebratory thoughtlessness.
This film by Director Mike McKeown is the most authoritative and in-depth look at the whole RPS Movement. 3 years of filming lead to 2 years of post-production which has transmogrified into a tight, crisp feature-length 87 minutes. It has been an amazing and hard journey for this film (heck someone could have made a doc on just trying to get this film completed.) Multiple production companies, burst credit cards, filming on three continents in 6 different countries. But, once you get a chance to see it, you will know it was well worth the effort. This documentary could never have been made without the passion that all the players (that means you dear reader) have for the sport, your enthusiasm is reflected throughout the film.
As soon as we get the trailer we will post about it. Although the write up below focuses on the main characters of Douglas and Graham Walker, Master Roshambollah and Mr. C. Urbanus have star billings in their roles as themselves. Many other RPS luminaries are also featured such as Master Lovering, Brad Fox, Marc Fist O'Sneer. Here is the full write up:
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS: WORLD PREMIERE
The Walker brothers wanted to turn a child’s game into a good-natured competitive sport, but when Rock Paper Scissors fanatics converge on the World RPS Championships, they’re caught between big business, talk show pundits, Playmate mascots, and a battle of good versus evil that asks the question, “Can purity beat commerce?”
Rock Paper Scissors is a verité style documentary that follows the story of the Walker bothers and the evolution of RPS into a legitimate sport of skill and strategy, worthy of training and competition. Starting from humble beginnings with only the love of the game as their motivation, the Walker brothers reach a crossroads during the film as they’re approached by corporate sporting giants Fox Sports and ESPN to back the sport with an official world circuit culminating with the annual world championships. The story is a classic Greek tragedy waiting to unfold.
As we navigate our way through outrageous characters, hilarious strategies and heated competition, one thing becomes absolutely clear – RPS is much more than a game, it’s a lifestyle. While it may sound like a mockumentary, these people are definitely real.
Director: Mike McKeown
Producer: Julian Cautherley, Michael Lane, Mike McKeown, Pat McKinnon
Cinematographer: Chris Malby
Editor: Evan Finn, Julian Cautherley, Mike McKeown
Music: Dan Raziel
Cast: Douglas Walker, Graham Walker, Master Roshambollah, C. Urbanus