Spike Lee Makes Cell Phone Film
Tue, 29 Apr 2008 06:40:44
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In a rather forward-thinking, revolutionary move, famed African-American director Spike Lee has partnered up with cell phone giant Nokia to direct an inventive "film" based solely on clips that regular, everyday people have captured on their ordinary cell phones. Thanks to modern technology, anyone can be a filmmaker/director/camerman and expensive tuition to film school could become a thing of the past. Sort of.
The cell phone film has a theme of music and humanity and will consist of three acts, with the assignment for each act being provided online. Aspiring filmmakers or even the average cell phone toting Joe will have four weeks to produce a submission based on the assignment and they can submit their clips via texts, music, video or photo images between now and August 21, 2008. Nokia will select 25 submissions and fans can vote for their top 10 clips online. Lee will choose the winning submissions from the top vote getters and then direct the film through his website.
The winning submissions and film will premiere in Los Angeles later this year. While this idea will surely democratize the film business and somewhat level the playing field for neophytes and up 'n comers, it isn't going to change film as we know it. It looks to be a brilliant, presumably one-time experiement, for sure.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff