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[Arstechnica]First Internet-created feature film debuts next month

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The Internet has democratized information and given us the ability to "poke" each other on Facebook. Now it has brought that same decisive dissemination to filmmaking, as the first feature film created entirely by an Internet community is set to debut in January.

The film, called Perkins' 14, is a horror story about kidnapped children who are dehumanized for evil. Whether or not a horror flick is your cue to break out the popcorn, Perkins' 14's more interesting story lies in its creation. The film is the product of Massify, a film production community that provides tools for members to share ideas, collaborate on projects, post résumés and portfolios, secure funding through grants, and ultimately find an audience through distribution companies.

Massify gave its members control over Perkins' 14 every step of the way, from voting on the initial concept pitches, to picking the cast, and even a contest for the poster. Pitches were solicited in February this year, and Massify members were allowed to vote on them through the middle of March. Once Perkins' 14 was chosen by the community, casting auditions began in March, screen tests followed the next month, and pre-production began at the end of May.


Massify partnered with After Dark Films, the production company behind the yearly HorrorFest (warning: link resizes browser), to bring Perkins' 14 to life. The film will debut in just a few weeks during HorrorFest III, which runs from January 9-15 ,2009.

Cofounder Brett Icahn (son of Yahoo's outspoken investor-turned-board-member Carl Icahn) told the New York Times in March that Massify is "more a production network than a social network, because it’s driven by a creative purpose." The company is making a name for itself in part for being a useful collaboration tool for film makers and various talent, but Kenneth Woo, Massify's other founder, hopes to also make money from advertising by "building an audience before the film is made."

Fangoria has a trailer for Perkins' 14, and Massify features a number of behind-the-scenes clips and information about the film's production and its actors. Even if only mildly successful, it is almost certain that more projects like this are on their way, harnessing democratic tools like Massify's to produce major films.

Source: Arstechnica
post #2 of 11
It's a really good idea. If it's created by the public then surely the public should love it!
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wrote by the people?'?, just tryin' to imagine the scenes? tha ones of true horror or the suspense

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Made over the internet, for the internet, by the internet, and it's quite a few years old ontop of that.


And don't tell me it's not a feature film. It's 96 minutes long, sold for I think 10 bucks to millions and is pretty epic(It's better than alot of the trash out of Hollywood, for example).

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Could this start a new trend? Open source movies?

(an increase in public domain films)
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Made over the internet, for the internet, by the internet, and it's quite a few years old ontop of that.


And don't tell me it's not a feature film. It's 96 minutes long, sold for I think 10 bucks to millions and is pretty epic(It's better than alot of the trash out of Hollywood, for example).

/thread
I don't think it was made over the net. But by many people sitting in a room on a LAN recording it. But I may be wrong and either way it is still a kick @$$ movie...
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Originally Posted by TestECull View Post


Made over the internet, for the internet, by the internet, and it's quite a few years old ontop of that.


And don't tell me it's not a feature film. It's 96 minutes long, sold for I think 10 bucks to millions and is pretty epic(It's better than alot of the trash out of Hollywood, for example).

/thread
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Too much freedom can be a bad thing.

This might be too much freedom.
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THe trailer looked pretty cool.
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Too much freedom can be a bad thing.

This might be too much freedom.
If hollywood was the judge then maybe, but this seems like it's something that actually doesn't suck (aka not out of hollywood).
    
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