New Mexico’s FGC is full of good fighters but did you know we also have talented film makers as well? 

Local player Akka has made a really great documentary about his trip to EVO 2011 and it’s something that everyone should check out! But enough from me, check out the movie and then read the behind the scenes from the film maker himself!

You can find Akka on Twitter at @ShinAkka


My name is Joel Ortiz, my gaming name is “Akka,” and I am a life long fighting game player from New Mexico. Growing up I always loved playing fighting games and loved hanging out in arcades with my brother when we got a chance. Going to tournaments was always something that I was very interested in, but because of money and school there was never any chance for me to travel. When I graduated from college in 2011, with the intent of becoming a filmmaker, I decided that then was the best time to make my first film. A passion project about the fighting game scene, that at the time was called “Community.” My intent with the documentary was to show the world how awesome fighting games are. However, this inspiration later changed.

Now that I was able to travel, I decided that it was time to get my butt to EVO. I took this opportunity to also film my experience for my documentary. As time went on after EVO more and more community documentaries started arising on the internet. It was at this point that I decided that I was going to shift my focus from a documentary about the community, to a documentary about the growth of players. I was going to show 3 players performances at EVO in 2011, and then show how much they grew as players by EVO 2012. While editing, one big issue arose with this concept… time.

It took entirely too long to depict a documentary with this motivation properly. The final cut of this version of the documentary was completed on October 15th, 2012 with a run time of a whopping 159 minutes! I then took time from October of 2012 until December 13th of 2012 to try and trim the film down as much as possible. I ended up getting the film down to 133 minutes, but was completely unhappy with how the film turned out. The film felt, very impersonal, long, slow, inconsiderate of viewers that may not know anything about fighting games, and didn’t really seem to have much to do about EVO considering the documentary was called “EVO.”

In the evening of December 13th 2012, I deleted my film and started completely over from scratch with a new inspiration. I simply wanted to show my parents what it is my brother and I love so much.

For the next 2 days straight I worked on the new version of the film, and at 9 in the morning on December 15th 2012 the film was completed. With a runtime of 40 minutes, I felt that this was the best way for me to show a documentary that educates viewers who have never heard about EVO or fighting games before, show them how important it is to people that play these games, and how meaningful the event can become to someone. The only challenge that I really had with this version of the film was properly balancing the film between people who have never heard of fighting games, and fighting game enthusiasts. Personally, I think I balanced the film as best as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to view my film. I hope that you enjoy it, and I hope to see you at EVO.

Joel “Akka” Ortiz

Category: FGC

One Response to EVO: A Documentary

  1. Jake says:

    Would love to see the longer “uncut” version. Really liked this Documentary, but the only thing was that it didn’t show any footage from EVO 2012. Maybe you can add that sometime or just add the missing footage on YouTube? I’m sure most would like to see the unused footage if it’s still around…

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