It's been quite a few years since I've been involved in the speedrunning community as a passive bingo player / Skyward Sword speedrunner. I was recently interested in documenting the history of the OoT speedrunning community, with an emphasis on the key runners and players that shaped the community and game as whole.
I'm aware that there is a spreadsheet/website documenting the various world records throughout OoT's lifespan, but I was hoping to capture the personal aspect that youtube VODs and times don't capture. If anyone here has seen The Smash Brothers (a documentary of the competitive Melee scene), this is the type of story I would try to build.
I was lucky to be active in a time that a lot was going on (end of segmented runs on YouTube and start of RTA through streaming, development of Twitch/SRL, wrong warps in 2012, etc.), but I fear a lot has been lost or undocumented. My own personal knowledge of the early days is vague and there is less documentation, and a lot of the streams that captured exciting personal developments (big races) are gone or extremely hard to locate.
What I am hoping to achieve is a short, mini-documentary of 30-45 minutes that highlights the growth of the community and the key tricks that shaped Any% and the game as a whole from the 6:45 TSA run all the way to present sub 18.
So my questions at the moment are:
1. Is this even the right place to ask anymore? How active are these forums with old/new runners?
2. Are there still enough resources (old VODs, people around in the 2005-2007 era) to pull this off?
3. Is there interest around this project? I would be interested in collaboration/suggestions of any sort.
If anyone has any advice or tips at all, I would definitely love to hear. I think there are a number of great stories hidden away in these forums and old YouTube channels that deserve to be recognized and fleshed out, before it's too late and nobody can remember what the history of this great game is, and all we're left with are numbers and times. I've seen posts of beginners trying to understand where to start, and I think understanding where OoT started could prove useful.
Let me know what you think! I'd appreciate it. I also created a teaser trailer in my beginning efforts to compile videos and information below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNEcs5Vs11k