Tech Life; A Web of Celluloid Dreams

By Low, Bob | Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), May 20, 2000 | Go to article overview

Tech Life; A Web of Celluloid Dreams


Low, Bob, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)


FORGET your Gladiator and your Mission Impossible 2 with Cruise control - the real blockbuster movies of the summer are released this month.

One was on May 5. Another was released last Wednesday, but don't bother searching the paper for screening times - these movies can be viewed anywhere, anytime.

With a PC and a half-decent connection, downloading may take some time, but you get to view the film for a nominal fee, a lot less than a cinema ticket.

In fact, if you want to stop the action and fetch a beer from the fridge, you can. If you think the plot has all excitement of roadkill, you can change it.

If you don't like it at all, you won't have to climb over a highway of knees to leg it to the exit - just shut down your PC.

The Quantum Project isn't a video, or a made-for-TV throwaway, it's an entirely new concept - a movie made for the Internet with a budget of pounds 3 million.

A sci-fi epic, it stars Stephen Dorff, Fay Masterson and John Cleese and is produced by, among others, Barnet Bain, who won an Oscar for What Dreams May Come.

http://www.sightsound.com

THE Quantum Project may be the first Internet blockbuster movie, but it is already being upstaged by good old British know-how.

Running Time is described as an IMP - Interactive Motion Picture. An edgy thriller, set in London, it's written by Simon Beaufoy, who created The Full Monty.

In fact, it will also be re-written by him. And re-written. And re-written.

Running Time is shown twice weekly on the Net and, if you don't like what is happening to the heroine, bike courier KJ, you change it.Whatever is decided, Simon and team will work feverishly to write, cast and film the next segment before airing time in three days. What you get is a movie shown in five-minute segments. At the end of the year, the team plan to have four major feature-length movies to be released on video and DVD.

http://www.itsyourmovie.com/

AS Barnet Bain says of studio sceptics: "People who don't accept the Web won't stay in business."

Hollywood, never slow to embrace a marketing idea, is now trying to prove that, in cyberspace, everyone can hear you scream.

You do not release a new movie without a website. Even the Blair Witch Project, handheld and relentlessly arthouse, did not ignore this maxim.

A measure of Web power is the site for Lord Of The Rings, currently being filmed in New Zealand as a trilogy of two-hour films.

A mammoth back-to-back task, the first one is still 18 months away - yet the website had more than a million downloads of early footage in the first 24 hours.

http://www.lordoftherings.net/ home.html

THE beauty of the Net is that everyone thinks they have a Blair Witch Project II. …

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