The story of “Coming Together” is a long one, but I will do my best to keep it brief. When Ghemit first tweeted in the early morning hours of January 2nd, 2013 than he had lost Michael it hit me as hard as anything I have ever experienced. I never met or spoke to Michael, but Ghemit is a good friend so to see him hurting and the thought of going through something so horrific stayed with me for days to come. The only relief came in the form of the Warcraft community. They way we all rallied around Ghemit, the way we all gave time to each other to talk and express our feelings.
On January 4th, 2013 there was a planned memorial for Michael on Proudmoore, being held by Ghemits guild. So many people making plans to attend, creating low level characters on that realm just to be there. Thats when the vision for this video first struck me. A visual representation in game of how the people of this community felt the calling to band together to support Ghemit and each other. I wasnt sure if I was up to the task, but I would never know until I got the footage I needed. At that point SO many of you lent your time, and patience, to listen to my direction and give me the shots I needed so I could then use all of it in the post production editing process. So many of you helped I dare not attempt to name everyone for fear of leaving anyone out. Suffice it to say, I remember every detail of those days and nights of filming and will never forget the time you lent the project.
Even though all the footage was shot in the months of January through March, the video is just now complete here in August, why so long of a wait I am sure you are wondering. Mostly, it was out of fear. I was afraid the video wouldnt live up to the images in my head, still not sure they are as on point as I wanted them to be. Infact, I know it isnt as I am missing a few scenes I wanted in. But with the song choice I made I had a lack of time to do all I wanted as well as I am not a good enough machinimator to do what I wanted.
All I can hope for is that through this video, that you can see a glimpse of my vision and all of my heart. That truly is the best I can do. The video is a testament to what this community can do and I do hope down the line when we all need a reminder of that, this video will be there to do so. We hear way too much about video game violence, what about what was done here? What about this Warcraft family? Maybe we can show the world this video as evidence of what this game can be like. A special thanks to Ghemit who gave this project his blessing all the way, even though at times it was difficult for him. Brother, I know filming those Darnassus scenes were hard but you wanted them in, I admire your bravery through it all and thank you for all the time and love you gave this project. Also all of you from twitter, from players, to bloggers, youtubers, podcasters.. we were all there at that memorial, it was you all that helped inspire this video, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all.