Joe Granato


Joe Granato IV

Creative Director

As a creative chameleon, Joe Granato realizes his creative compulsions through the medium best suited to express them. By day, he is a professional videographer, filmmaker, and documentarian; by night, an enthusiastic programmer. He is a musician with national touring experience, playing with bands such as the Toadies and the Misfits, and has since settled down a bit to work more on film score composition and production. He is a fiction writer and aspiring novelist with a working draft of his first novel recently reviewed by 21 time best selling fantasy author Piers Anthony. He has taught game development in different educational environments for nine years. As the mastermind behind The New 8-bit Heroes, he is looking to synthesize all of these creative and technical skills into a single project which will pay homage to his lasting affinity for the 8-bit aesthetic and the NES era of gaming.

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The New 8-bit Heroes is a documentary centered on post market development, especially for the NES.  It follows the frame story of a group of modern creatives building a new *homebrew* NES game based on designs penned by an 8 year old in 1988, and through it examines the process, the community, and serves as a compelling look at the importance of those ambitions we leave in our youth.

Aside from chronicling the homebrew scene, the film features many modern day creatives, both inside and out of the gaming community.  Gaming personalities such as James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd), Pat Contri (Pat the NES Punk), John Lester (Gamester81), and Norman Caruso (Gaming Historian).  Developer such as Patrick McQuaid from TellTale, Dawn Rivers from Harmonix, and Juan Carlos, animator on games such as Ratchet and Clank and Halo 5.  Professional creatives like Adam F. Goldberg (creator of The Goldbergs on ABC), Piers Anthony (21 time best selling fantasy novelist; Xanth, Incarnations of Immortality), David Sardy (Producer, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down; score composer, Zombieland, Premium Rush).

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