Thursday, July 08, 2010

Strange Days!

To say the least!

I've had a very interesting couple of days. Yesterday I had planned on going to Dublin to finally drop off 140 for DVD duplication (which I did, eventually). I awoke to find the little red light of my blackberry flashing. Nothing unusual about that. I often get a few emails during the course of the night. But not like this. Not with such interest news attached.

(Ridley Scott)

This link lead to an article about Ridley Scott's new film, something called 'Life in a Day', with him producing and Kevin MacDonald (Last King of Scotland) directing and editing. The film is a social media experiment, a crowd sourced, user-generated, internet film that requires people from all over the world to capture their day and send in footage to be edited into a visual montage of personal moments that will become an experimental documentary... sound familiar at all? I can give you 140 reasons why it might!


Alot of people have been outraged on my behalf, Click Here to see what Movie Line said about it. I also commend the loyalty and spirit of friends and family, but I think this is a positive. Hey, I'm excited I'm getting some press, that 140 is being talked about and that my name is side by side with the likes of Ridley Scott! I never thought that would happen.

It's fantastic that someone like Ridley Scott is experimenting with this kind of filmmaking. And if he's doing it then maybe I'm on the right track! With digital filmmaking, technology and what the internet has become, people are exploring these avenues. There are bound to be similarities early on. I wonder how many films there were about trains pulling into stations when the Lumiere Brothers started?!

I do hope Life in a Day doesn't over shadow 140. I'm not sure it will. But you never know. But then again, it just might shine a light on my little film, and that's only a good thing!

But talk about David and Goliath!

3 comments:

spoxx said...

Frank, what do you mean by success, what's a "real chance" in your eyes?

If you are talking about marketing power - you're right; you're not going to have the slightest chance to beat "Goliath". However, what about building a functioning and stable community around your film?

When I've been thinking about collaborational filmmaking lately, I often felt that the film in itself is not the goal, but a means: to get to know people, you want to cooperate with, to practice and develop skills in cooperation, and built a reliable worldwide network of people, who can move on together.

So here, I believe, "David" has his chance: the very marketing-power that may crush your film at the boxoffice, is likely in the end, to subdue the community-aspect of Ridley's experiment.
After all - the market is a tyrant.

(Please excuse my clumsy English... - I hope, I could get the idea across: don't be disencouraged!)

spoxx said...

Frank, what do you mean by success, what's a "real chance" in your eyes?

If you are talking about marketing power - you're right; you're not going to have the slightest chance to beat "Goliath". However, what about building a functioning and stable community around your film?

When I've been thinking about collaborational filmmaking lately, I often felt that the film in itself is not the goal, but a means: to get to know people, you want to cooperate with, to practice and develop skills in cooperation, and built a reliable worldwide network of people, who can move on together.

So here, I believe, "David" has his chance: the very marketing-power that may crush your film at the boxoffice, is likely in the end, to subdue the community-aspect of Ridley's experiment.
After all - the market is a tyrant.

(Please excuse my clumsy English... - I hope, I could get the idea across: don't be disencouraged!)

Frank Kelly said...

You make a fair point and you're absolutely right. I could never expect to compete with Ridley Scott!

140 has been a fantastic experience and it has enabled me to work with so many talented filmmakers from all across the world, for that alone it's been worth it.

But we got a great reaction from it so far and I think we will continue to do so. I suppose with Life in a Day in can only shine a light on 140 and perhaps open up more opportunities.

140 was about giving people a chance to be a part of something unique, and it worked.