Curt Schilling's Imperfect Game

Even when he was throwing strikes for the Red Sox, Curt Schilling was not like other baseball players. He would spend late nights buried in the computer screen, dreaming of building the greatest multiplayer game empire to rival World of Warcraft. When he retired, he took some of his own money and lots of others, including 75 million from the state of Rhode Island, to try and realize his dream.

Instead, his company, 38 Studios, ran through millions with little to show for it, ultimately collapsing into a mountain of debt. Through animation and interviews, the film tells us what happens when the aura of a legend overwhelms good sense. Game over.

//kneeon created this 20 minute, fully-animated short film for part of Meadowlark Media's Sports Explains The World series. The film had its world premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival.

Client: Meadowlark Media

Role: Direction, Design, Storyboarding, Animation, Post-Production


Directed by: Mike Healey and Maxwell Sorensen

Executive Producers: John Skipper, Gary Hoenig, Stanley Nelson, Smriti Keshari

Producers: Mike Healey, Maxwell Sorensen

Editor: Mike Healey

Written by: Marina Shifrin

Character Design: Daryl Rainbow, Glenn Thomas

Additional Character Design: Arthur Guttilla

Background and Prop Design: Glenn Thomas and Leo Fullerton

Storyboards: Chadwick Whitehead

Animators: Pavelas Laptevas, Mike Healey, Maxwell Sorensen, Arthur Guttilla, John LaPrime

Music by: Dan Deacon

Additional Music Composition: Maxwell Sorensen

Supervising Sound Editor: Arjun G. Sheth

Sound Design: Patrick Burgess

Foley Services: PostRed

Supervising Foley Artist: Biko Gogaladze

Foley Artist: Tornike Dzidzikashvili

Foley Mixer: Salome Maisuradze

Foley Editor: Levan Tserediani

Ennie Voiced by: Ian James Corlett

Reporting by: Bjian Stephen and Sanam Skelly

Meadowlark Media + Firelight Films