Dave Long papers
The Dave Long papers are arranged into one series. The materials are housed in one archival document box.
- c. 1990s-2005
- Majority of material found within 2002 - 2005
- Long, Dave (Person)
Conditions Governing Use
0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
During the 1990s, Dave Long and his wife Kelly began developing an early prototype of a party game involving clips from blockbuster movies. Unfortunately, limitations of consumer-grade video playback equipment and VHS cassettes restricted further development at the time, and the Longs put the project on the backburner. When DVDs became more mainstream by 2000, Long realized that the flexibility of the format might permit his game prototype, which he called “Reel to Real,” to come to life.
In 2001, Long and investor Craig Kinzer co-founded Screenlife LLC, based in Seattle, Washington. Screenlife developed Long’s Reel to Real into the popular game Scene It?, working with a special DVD technology, licensing movie clips from Hollywood studios, and enhancing gameplay. The Scene It? line went on to include more than 40 titles, selling more than 15 million units of its DVD games. In 2007, Screenlife was purchased by Viacom’s Paramount unit.
As of 2019, Long is co-founder and CEO of Exponential Entertainment, Inc., which produces compelling consumer engagement experiences for a variety of media companies.
System of Arrangement
- Finding Aid to the Dave Long Papers, c. 1990s-2005
- Julia Novakovic
- 9 September 2019
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA