Web Video: Ashens And The Quest For The Game Child

"I'm a collector. I collect very rare, but absolutely worthless collectables."
Stuart Ashen

After appearing in the web series The Proxy, famous YouTube reviewer-man Dr Stuart Ashen wanted to harness the talents of the crew who worked on it to do his own bidding... He talked with the director, Riyad Barmania, about the possibilty of producing his own feature film.

The result, announced on Ashen's channel in March 2013 and released on 8 August 2013, is Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild (or "GameChild", or "Game Child"), an indie comedy adventure film starring Ashen as himself, as well as YouTubers such as Chris Kendall (Crabstickz), Dan Tomlinson (of Guksack) and PJ Liguori (KickthePJ). It also features the actors Robert Llewellyn, Kerry Gilbert, Millie Reeves and Warwick Davis.

The movie is about (as the name implies) the protagonist Ashens going on a quest to search for a Game Boy rip-off called the Game Child. He meets his Old Friend Geoffrey "Chef" Excellence, who encourages him to do so. On the way, he encounters two ex-girlfriends, his old university professor, his improvisational jazz musician neighbour the Silver Skull, and his annoying nemesis, Nemesis.

When the movie was announced, Ashens asked fans to donate funds for the movie via the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. The accumulated funds raised are about US$74,000 (49,000), about $24,000 (16,000) over the goal; $100,000 (64,000) had already been contributed by the online production company ChannelFlip.

The film is available to watch for free online—here. It is also available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray.

This film contains examples of the following tropes: