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Ok, so this is an idea where basically, a movie is created by the
internet at large. The reasoning behind this is that there are many
people who are skilled at some part of movie making, but not
others. How many times have you seen an amateur video with
special effects, but lousy sound?
Or great dialogue, ruined by poor
The Open-Source film project would help this. For example, lets
you and a friend just finished choreographing an amazing
battle, but lack the software or skills to add the special effects.
raw video would be uploaded to the site, freely available to the
public. Anyone who feels so inclined can download your footage,
the effects, and upload their edited version. If several videos are
added, a voting feature could help make it easy to tell which were
In extreme cases, entire films could be created this way. One
could start by suggesting a plot, then gradually a screenplay would
be written, wiki-style, with each change voted on. The portions
the most votes would be incorporated into the final version.
Individual acting groups (drama clubs, film students, performing
groups, or just a bunches of friends) would each film their version,
and once again, the highest ranking is the final version. This
continues as soundtracks, dubbing, effects, and finally editing
in a finished film, to be released into the public domain. With a
dedicated group, some extremely high-quality projects could come
Addendum: For feature length films, this would undoubtedly be
better suited for 3-D or animated movies, with the models each
available for download. The community at large could help render
the project, with their computers spare processing power, similar
Any suggestions for refinements are, of course, welcome.
How the Seti@home project (and rendering in the example) works [Lord Kyler, Jul 25 2009]
Wikipedia: Open Source Film
Whole bunch, although with varying definitions of Open Source. [jutta, Jul 26 2009]
From the Wikipedia entry list. Now in postproduction. [jutta, Jul 26 2009]
MySpace Movie Mash-up
MySpace ran a competition in 2007 to create a user-generated feature film, which incorporated a short-film competition to decide on a director, a script that was chosen by MySpace users and edited according to their suggestions, as well as (as far as I know) choosing the cast and technical staff. Pretty close to what you suggest. I entered my own short film but with no budget I was vastly outdone by high-production values (some of the entries even had famous actors in them, which I thought was a bit off.) [theleopard, Jul 27 2009]
||YouTube lets you put up your own videos, any way you want,
and they cannot be downloaded without a third-party
service. This idea is for is working toward a finished product
using unfinished material.
||The problem with this is that you're going to end up in someone else's porn.
||Or, worse, their amazing lightsaber battle.
||Have you looked at the existing stuff that calls itself "Open Source Films"? There are some that are just people publishing their ingredients, but there are a few genuinely collaborative projects that more closely match your description.
||About people uploading junk, I think the community voting
or a "flag as junk/spam" feature would keep this at a