The Myst Documentary

A project in New York, NY by Philip Shane

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How two brothers created a video game and forever changed the world of art and immersive entertainment.
Backers: 2905
Average Pledge Per Backer: $90

Funded: $260,113 of $200,000
Dates: Jul 14th -> Aug 13th (31 days)
Project By: Philip Shane
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Latest News


August 13th - via:
LET'S CELEBRATE! Please join Philp and a panel of special guests for an end-of-Kickstarter celebratory live stream! Today @ 5:10 to 5:45 PM EDT on Twitch CLICK HERE to watch the stream See you then!  You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this... (Read More)

The Final Countdown!

August 13th - via:
Today's the day! We're at our FINAL DAY. When the Clocktower hits 5:25 PM Eastern (yes, that was planned! 😉) the Kickstarter campaign ENDS.  We have a few more cool things coming up soon, so please stay tuned to updates, social media and email... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Announced!

August 12th - via:
Hit This Goal and EVERYONE Wins! One of the things that keeps amazing us about the Myst community is the offers of help which keep pouring in.  We reached our Kickstarter goal of $200k yesterday, and that’s just the beginning of what we need to... (Read More)


August 11th - via:
FUNDED. THANK YOU! Thank you for sharing this project with all the nerds you know, your family, friends and fellow fans. THANK YOU!! Because of you, we'll be able to share the story of how two brothers set out to create a work of art, and changed the... (Read More)

Now Or Never

August 10th - via:
If each backer brought in just 1 friend or family member we would be in amazing shape. Philip Shane, Director of The Myst Documentary To be blunt, I'm nervous.  I just got out of a meeting with my team leaders, an incredible group of people with... (Read More)

Mysterium Moments

August 10th - via:
Mysterium 2020 was AMAZING! Firstly, HUGE thanks to the Committee Members, the Panelists and all the MYST FANS who came out for Mysterium 2020. More than 100,000 people dropped in to watch the event. More than 800 people registered. And this year had... (Read More)

We Need To KNOW

August 10th - via:
 Why are YOU are backing this film?  The Clocktower Is TICKING Share your answer on Facebook & Twitter & Instagram! *** Include #MyMystDoc *** to make sure the WORLD hears your passion for making this incredible documentary. Let's unlock...... (Read More)

The Myst Documentary - Philip Shane Interview

August 10th - via:
Documentary filmmaker Phillip Shane is working with Myst creators Robyn and Rand Miller on a Kickstarter of a Myst documentary, set to explore the creation of the famous adventure game. Myst is now a beloved franchise by many and documentary filmmaker Phillip Shane is working to take a deep dive into the creation of Myst with a new Kickstarter for The Myst Documentary. (Read More)

MYSTERIUM will be back next year! Will the DOCUMENTARY?

August 9th - via:
 Urgent  Rand in moment of deep concentration, from The Myst Documentary NOW is the most important moment in the entire making of The Myst Documentary. Philip filming Robyn demonstrating Hypercard on an original Macintosh, Living Computer Museum,... (Read More)

The Myst Documentary Is Hoping To Be An Exploration Of The Inspirations Behind The Hit Adventure Game

August 8th - via:
It may seem quaint by today's standards, but the 1993 adventure game Myst was fairly groundbreaking upon its release. For the past month, a Kickstarter project titled The Myst Documentary has been seeking funding from fans to create a comprehensive look at the development of Myst and the impact it has made on our lives. The biggest hope is that by getting funding to revisit certain locations from their childhood, the Miller brothers may be able to better understand some of the inspirations behind design choices in Myst. (Read More)

You Rock!

August 7th - via:
The Generosity of the Myst Community Today we read this message from the intrepid Mysterium Committee and it brought tears of gratitude to our eyes: "If you would still like to make a donation to us, we definitely appreciate it and will be leaving... (Read More)


August 6th - via:
Put On Your Hard Hat, We're Going In! One of my most heartfelt goals for this film is to tell a story in a way that is 100% true to what I feel is the geek spirit. I can't say I can totally describe what that spirit is, but I can say that I feel it... (Read More)


August 5th - via:
The Greatest MYST Convention On Earth For more than twenty years, every August, those who love MYST, and those who make MYST -- all of whom dream MYST by day and night -- gather together in one of America's great cities. Boston, Orlando, Salt Lake... (Read More)

Jurassic World's Sam Neill reunites with his trusty hat; Myst doc Kickstarter

August 4th - via:
Myst already has multiple film and TV projects in the works to adapt the puzzling '90s fantasy universe, but the origins of the five-game series are nearly as fascinating as the world of the D'ni. Director Philip Shane is hoping to raise $200,000 for the film, which aims to demystify the storied creation of a best-seller and illuminate its impact on the present state of gaming, on Kickstarter. If funded, the film hopes to be completed by the end of 2022. (Read More)

Help us Expand the Audience!

August 3rd - via:
Glorious Nerds And Those Who Love Them The name of my production company is "Glorious Nerds." It's one of my favorite phrases, and it was coined by William Cavendish, the discoverer of the atom. Actually, Will didn't discover the atom, but he IS a... (Read More)

THE MYST DOCUMENTARY Launches Official Kickstarter

August 3rd - via:
Do you really know the story of Myst? That's the question filmmaker Philip Shane is asking with his new project, The Myst Documentary, which is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish and produce the film. (Read More)

Myst: New Documentary Prepares to Reveal Untold Story of the 27-Year-Old Game

August 3rd - via:
A new Kickstarter is raising money for a documentary about the 1993 puzzle game Myst. The Myst Documentary will tell the story of how the Miller brothers created Myst, the origin of the genre- and business-defining game. Though the documentary has been in-the-works for a while, 2020 feels like the perfect time for its debut as Myst prepares for something of a resurgence. (Read More)

How The Documentary Was Born

July 31st - via:
It Came From Brooklyn Documentary filmmaker Philip Shane has made films about famous people before – Albert Einstein, in his biography for the History Channel; the man behind the beloved muppet character, Elmo, in Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s... (Read More)

What Makes Myst So Special?

July 30th - via:
Fans of this classic video game likely already know why The Myst Documentary has made them so excited for its release. But those of you who are only vaguely aware of Myst’s 1993 charms may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, let us show... (Read More)

All the News that's Fit to Print!

July 29th - via:
We're Halfway There! Thanks to you, our wonderful backers, we reached 50% of our goal yesterday. It's humbling and gratifying that so many of you have chosen to put your trust in me and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope if you... (Read More)

LIVE Event with Robyn and Philip, Tuesday!

July 27th - via:
Facebook LIVE Event tomorrow! In a Live Facebook event Tuesday, July 28, Philip and special guest Robyn Miller will chat about the documentary, planning their road trip, and answer your questions in a special streaming event! Robyn Miller with Philip... (Read More)

The Road Trip

July 26th - via:
The Emergence of Myst There are so many ways in which you can dig into a person's thoughts, feelings and ideas about a subject. Making documentaries through the years has taught me that there is no one 'right way' to do this; in fact, there are... (Read More)

The Clocktower Is Ticking!!!

July 23rd - via:
Greetings, Backers, I'm Katie (Kha'tie) and I've been helping Philip with the Kickstarter campaign for The Myst Documentary. From the tiny bit of early footage I've seen, this is going to be a truly special film for any Myst fan. We're nearly halfway... (Read More)

Object 1746.2012

July 18th - via:
 Myst, 1993 Medium: Video game software Rand Miller, Robyn Miller MoMA Object 1746.2012 The Dock, looking toward Giant Gear, MYST Island. Photographer: You In the vault of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) sits one of the only video games ever... (Read More)

The Myst Documentary Kickstarter Campaign Has Launched

July 17th - via:
The Myst Documentary has launched its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, with an end goal of 200,000 USD by August 13th, 2020. The Myst Documentary Kickstarter campaign was created by Philip Shane, a Brooklyn, NY documentary filmmaker with 30 plus years of experience. (Read More)

48 Hours!

July 16th - via:
Thank you! It has been a bit more than 48 hours since we launched the Kickstarter and we’re more than a quarter of the way to our goal! We’re blown away by your passion for Myst, your generosity and your investment in the project. From the bottom... (Read More)

The Myst Documentary Kickstarter campaign begins tomorrow

July 15th - via:
The film will go back and look at how a small developer team, living in trailers, managed to make the best-selling game of that decade. In addition to this iconic game, the documentary is going to look at follow-ups Riven, Obduction, and even the company's latest game, Firmament. (Read More)

This documentary aims to reveal the untold story behind Myst

July 14th - via:
Myst was a smash hit, capturing the attention of Apple's Steve Jobs as well as mainstream media. Brooklyn-based filmmaker Philip Shane met the Miller brothers in 2016 and pitched them the idea of a documentary, and the project has evolved to take in not only the development of Myst, but also some of the contemporaneous tech that made the game possible: Quicktime, Hypercard, the Macintosh, and Strata Pro 3D graphics software. (Read More)

Myst Documentary Kickstarter now live

July 14th - via:
In 1993, brothers Rand and Robyn Miller, living in a double-wide trailer on the edge of a forest outside Spokane, Washington - a.k.a., the middle of nowhere - changed the home computer industry forever with the launch of MYST, a single-perspective exploration game that had no score, no violence and no set goal other than satisfying pure curiosity. (Read More)

The MYST Documentary launches official Kickstarter campaign

July 14th - via:
Award-winning Producer and Director Philip Shane has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a brand new documentary. After Philip met the Miller brothers in 2016 at a conference near his home in Brooklyn, he struck up an instant kinship with them and proposed the concept of a documentary. (Read More)

Myst documentary seeks $200,000 on Kickstarter

July 13th - via:
Myst was a gaming phenomena when it launched in 1993. Now a Kickstarter project is hoping to crowdfund a documentary about this landmark point-and-click adventure game. (Read More)

Myst Documentary Kickstarter launches tomorrow, looking for $200k in funding

July 13th - via:
Myst was a gaming phenomena when it launched in 1993. Now a Kickstarter project hoping to crowdfund a documentary about the point-and-click adventure game that helped to popularize the CD-ROM, pre-rendered backgrounds, and more. (Read More)

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