Learn the History of the Tony Hawk Series in Documentary ‘Pretending I’m a Superman’ (VIDEO)

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No one has left a lasting impact on the world of both skateboarding and gaming like the Tony Hawk series of games. Since the early days of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and across its 17 follow-ups, the skate simulators have provided unique and addictive gameplay in addition to contributing to the popularity of extreme sports in the early 2000s. A documentary telling the history of the Tony Hawk series is in the works titled Pretending I’m a Superman: The Tony Hawk Game Story. The project has recently gone live on Indiegogo, with the proposed film promising to draw a complete behind-the-scenes picture about how the franchise fell into place and became so beloved.

The documentary came about when former Neversoft producer Ralph D’Amato brought together several devs from the first game as well as skateboarding legends Rodney Mullen and star of the series Tony Hawk to offer their perspectives of working on the games. Handling the flm’s editing is Ludvig Gür, a YouTuber who has dedicated a vast amount of work around the Tony Hawk series already, even making his own documentary in 2015.

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PICTURED: Concept art for original Tony Hawk Pro Skater

Pretending I’m a Superman‘s crowdfunding campaign, launched earlier this week, is asking for a total of $75,000 to cover the remaining 80% of the Tony Hawk doc’s production costs. Backers have raised just under $8,700 so far with 25 days left before the campaign closes. The numerous donation rewards include:

  • Digital download or DVD of the finished film
  • Skateboard deck signed by either Rodney Mullen or Tony Hawk
  • Producer credit
  • An appearance in the documentary
  • A hang-out session with Tony Hawk
  • $1,000 donation to the Tony Hawk Foundation in the backer’s name

The combination of the Tony Hawk game series’ interesting origins and the passion shared between all the people involved with this film could make for a truly great documentary. You can check out the project’s Indiegogo campaign for more information.

Would you be interested in a behind-the-scenes look at THPS? Are you interested to see where the series goes next? Let us know in the comments and check out DFTG on Twitter for 24/7 gamertainment news. You can also bring the conversation over to our official Disqus channel for rousing debates and chill small talk. For more on the subject of video game documentaries, check out these links below:

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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his weekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.

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