Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 05:22AM
First rule of film school fight club... Your movies are in high-demand, even the one's you haven't made yet. The storm of citizen director films on sites such as YouTube and BlipTV exposes web viewers to entertainment from the most unlikely of sources, themselves. Not only are the swarms of web fans flocking to become 'subscribers' of their peer productions, but they are transforming in record-time from audience to auteur. Electrifying the surge of citizen directors is largely attributed to the advancements in video hardware and animation production though the genre known as Machinima. Machinima filmmakers blow away the Hollywood constraints of prolonged production obstacles and offer fresh content produced in studios that are normally smaller than a major studio's coat closet. What more, Machinima delivers fast paced production making it a method of madness and certain power up for full-contact filmmaking. Machinima's crew of gamers and techies are raising a real-time renaissance and the mass media is beginning to respond.
SciFi.com and VH1 are addressing the rise in user generated films fueling the Web 2.0 mega trend. Filmmakers from traditional methods to real-time Machinima go frame-to-frame in VH1's Acceptable.TV where a vist to their website will deliver a tasty morsel from Jack Black waxing Shakespeare as he gives you the low down on how to enter VH1's video challenge. Acceptable.TV is now calling all citizen directors to submit original films, which will be judged by web viewers throughout the week and highest votes get a sweet prime-time slot on the weekly VH1 tv show. Are you acceptable?
Whip out your warp drive and get ready to battle. Blasting competitive filmmaking to new worlds, Scifi Channel equips filmmakers for a quantum leap into the role of writer and director with Battlestar Galactia. SciFi has included a nice library of video and audio resources to aid in production. Winners of the Battlestar Galactia competition will air their film on Scifi during a primetime episode of Battlestar.
Competitive filmmaking spurs the muse allowing a production poised population to take aim and shoot films based on themes and objectives. Full-contact filmmaking swings storytellers into an imaginative exercise that celebrates the emergence of the citizen director.