Hmm... Judging by reaction I guess I should sumarize. Here are the
cliff notes from my previous email.
The film of tomorrow project
1) we all submit videos of ourselves or other reading the Truffaut
quote, upload them through ourmedia, tag them with
2) We all make our own remixes using the original footage and post them
on our blogs, ourmedia, mefeedia or whatever we like like vlog anarchy
or some of the previous projects.
3) The project is ongoing. It can be used to promote video blogging,
the vloggercon and Ourmedia
Well, that pretty much somes it up. I just had to write 3000 words
before i could do it.
- fun stuff
- serious lunacy stuff
On Jul 30, 2005, at 1:44 PM, Devlon wrote:
I don't read email longer than 3 paragraphs. It looked really good
Ok, I'll go back and read it.
On 7/30/05, Michael Sullivan <sulleleven@...> wrote:
> Brady Bunch Grid or What Michael said. hmmm. Ha!
> On 7/30/05, Michael Meiser <groups-yahoo-com@... > wrote:
>> Response follows the quote
>>> On Jul 28, 2005, at 11:50 PM, LeanBackVids.com wrote:
>>> Pete and I are here in Seattle pounding beers when we thought of a
>>> great intro to these "conferences". It would be cool to get a bunch
>>> of us saying the same sentence (slowly, word for word). Then edit it
>>> together to get a communal affect. Come on give us a break, the
>>> made us touchy feely. Anyways, it would be moving.
>>> We'd love to get help coming up with an intro sentence.
>>> Also, it may be hard to distribute the high-quality movies required
>>> edit in full screen. (Bre made the great request to make the Seattle
>>> event all high quality).
>>> Let us know what you think. Just a few thoughts...
>>> "Welcome, we are now broadcasting to you over the Internet."
>>> "Together we can experience each others' lives."
>>> "We are the media."
>>> -- Matt
>> I know I'm late to this thread, and it has sort of descended into
>> and tech speak, but I can't believe I didn't see this suggested... the
>> Truffaut quote.
>> It seems perfect, made for multiple voices, a good length, but very
>> quick and great for quick editing. It's not to tired is it?
>>> "The film of tomorrow appears to me as even more personal than an
>>> individual and autobiographical novel, like a confession, or a diary.
>>> The young filmmakers will express themselves in the first person and
>>> will relate what has happened to them. It may be the story of their
>>> first love or their most recent; of their political awakening; the
>>> story of a trip, a sickness, their military service, their marriage,
>>> their last vacation...and it will be enjoyable because it will be
>>> true, and new...The film of tomorrow will not be directed by civil
>>> servants of the camera, but by artists for whom shooting a film
>>> constitutes a wonderful and thrilling adventure. The film of tomorrow
>>> will resemble the person who made it, and the number of spectators
>>> will be proportional to the number of friends the director has. The
>>> film of tomorrow will be an act of love."
>> For further inspiration or simply to make sure we're all on the same
>> page with the concept of splicing together multiple voices, check out
>> Sony's "Double life" commercial for the playstation. It's exquisite.
>> Video here:
>> Exquisite as it is though, I think we can totally kick it's ass.
>> Please, go with me on this. I have a bigger vision still. I call it
>> "The Film of Tomorrow Project"
>> The Film of Tomorrow Project
>> First, we create a website (or simply use Ourmedia) where ANYONE and
>> everyone can contribute a stock video of themselves or another
>> the Truaffat quote...
>> This collection in itself will be quite amazing. Like a "we are not
>> afraid" project. We make it completely creative commons to encourage
>> remixing. To keep it simple we can request that all source videos must
>> be uploaded by the owners to Ourmedia, thus we kill two birds with one
>> stone. We ensure source videos are both archival, and Ourmedia
>> automatically ensures they are creative commons. On our media we
>> tag the videos with "the-film-of-tomorrow-project". Ourmedia hence
>> becomes the host and sponsor of this project. I know they'll love the
>> attention it will bring them. ;)
>> Second, under the freedom the creative commons licenses give us we can
>> all mix our own versions of the Truffaut quote using the source
>> just like Matt originally proposed. Except instead of just one or two
>> final mixes everyone and anyone can make their own. We can add any
>> background footage, sounds, images, clips of our own, whatever we
>> The quote is open for interpretation.
>> In this way we can each create our own homages to the idea, our own
>> interpretations. It's very fractal in nature, each video will be it's
>> own voice, each video contains the voices of dozens of others....
>> highly self referential, thick with layers and meaning like a woven
>> tapestry. It can be a living breathing collaborative art project, an
>> ode to our heritage and culture of remixing. Most importantly it is an
>> ode to not just "making media", but to the practice of "being the
>> media". This is to say we're creating anew and we're reinterpreting
>> what is there so our audience knows what we are passionate about.
>> be bubling up.
>> As time progresses much like fan flicks this stock footage can be
>> remixed with new footage to make it new and relevant. It will grow and
>> adapt as new people take an interest in video blogging and the
>> I'm thinking people will mix in photos and clips of their lives, touch
>> on timely issues in the world, who knows what people will dream up
>> a highly creative bunch.
>> Each finished video will be much like what I see in all your videos, a
>> spectacular film unto itself, but of course as everything we make or
>> some will have a more common appeal and bubble to the top. Those will
>> start to bring outside public appeal to the project, ourmedia and
>> blogging. We will have built an engine that will be fueled with fresh
>> ideas, events and the new recruits it attracts.
>> Finally, if we like, as the project successfully evolves we can curate
>> an ongoing collection of submitted finished videos on a "the film of
>> tomorrow" website. Otherwise we can just allow these videos to bubble
>> up naturally through Mefeedia, Ourmedia, Delicious and the vlogosphere
>> as all our other collaborative projects have.
>> If we can pull it off with any reasonable success (and we certainly
>> because it's so decentralized, so perfectly collaborative, something
>> we've done before) then we'll have created something truly spectacular
>> that will continue to live, grow and evolve with video blogging...
>> something we can point the mainstream media to and say.. "Do you get
>> yet? Do you get it!? There is your big stinking hi-light reel!"
>> If the media still still can't get it, then I don't know what would
>> work. It's the equivalent of a big freaking christmas tree of citizen
>> media with a big "we are the media" star at the top. What could be
>> obvious, more powerful, or more artful.
>> some silly notes... (the bonus round)
>> As I read the words in Truffaut's quote and think of this project,
>> ideas run through my head...
>> - For the line "the story of a trip" I want to see Duncan's brother
>> repeating the lines from a camel in the Saharan desert. I know the
>> words have a special meaning to him.
>> - For the line "their military service" I want to track down the
>> creator of the the Amarillo parody that was featured on Rocketboom. I
>> know that'll have special meaning to him. Or heh, I wonder if Kevin
>> Sites would be appropriate.
>> - For the line "their marriage" I would love to see Carol and Steve
>> Garfield reciting that line.
>> As we seek out these people for their special meaning to us and the
>> words we'll be adding them to the stock footage so others can use the
>> footage as they like, and though their meanings to us are not fixed
>> held by everyone they will perfectly illustrate that the film of
>> tomorrow is ultimately for whatever audience of one or more people we
>> make it for. In that they will be as I've said before, perfect gems,
>> true to themselves. These videos will hold for us each a special
>> meaning, because they will be true to us, just as Truaffat said.
>> So... As usual, I've used toooo many words, but... Who's up for it!?
>> Michael Meiser
>> http://mmeiser.com/blog - fun stuff
>> http://mmeiser.com/backchannel - serious lunacy stuff
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