UNDER THE INFLUENCE
For those who thought the Internet’s grasp on the creative side of filmmaking ended with the nosedive Snakes on a Plane took, think again. Variety reported yesterday about MySpace Movie MashUp, a competition to choose the director of a movie the site has teamed up to finance with U.K. based Film 4 and Vertigo Films.
According to the Variety story, the film is set to begin shooting in October and has a $1.96 million budget. Vertigo will release the film theatrically while MySpace handles the online release and Film 4 will show it on their video-on-demand service.
Beginning Wednesday, any U.K. resident is eligible to submit a short to a dedicated MySpace page by April 27. The final three will be selected by a jury that includes Sienna Miller, Ashley Walter, Anthony Minghella, Nick Love and Kevin Macdonald, to name a few.
MySpace users will participate in developing the film by commenting on script drafts, choosing a title and suggesting lines (because it worked so well for SOAP).