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Is This the Future of Storytelling?

Over and over we have heard that digital technology allows the little guy to compete on an equal footing with the Goliaths of this world. It hardly ever seems to work out that way, and on the rare occasions it does … well, the little guy tends to turn into everything people hated about the big guy pretty quickly.

After watching this YouTube video though I wonder if we are starting to see how digital technology plus internet distribution could allow small determined groups to at the very least provide some balance against the big TV networks and film studios.

Storming Omaha Beach (on a shoestring, with three actors) – Boing Boing

In this little youtube, three enterprising guys recreate the storming of Omaha Beach by filming themselves repeatedly running up the real Omaha Beach, climbing the bluffs, etc, and then cleverly composite the footage, accomplishing a scene as impressive as anything in Saving Private Ryan for a fraction of the cost

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  1. speechless…makes you wonder more about what’s REAL in any movie, these guy’s should get alot of business from this!

  2. speechless…makes you wonder more about what’s REAL in any movie, these guy’s should get alot of business from this!

  3. They did a fantastic job! Maybe small budget movies can now start giving the Hollywood movie complex a run for their money with the general audience.

  4. They did a fantastic job! Maybe small budget movies can now start giving the Hollywood movie complex a run for their money with the general audience.

  5. That’s really impressive. I think a lot of ‘extras’ will be losing their jobs in Hollywood in the near future.

  6. That’s really impressive. I think a lot of ‘extras’ will be losing their jobs in Hollywood in the near future.

  7. Wow, that was excellent and very creative.

  8. Wow, that was excellent and very creative.

  9. George Lucas predicted this type of thing over a year ago when he talked about more low budget stuff being the norm and using technology to do it:
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117951284.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

    I think it’s great!

    Pat

  10. George Lucas predicted this type of thing over a year ago when he talked about more low budget stuff being the norm and using technology to do it:
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117951284.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

    I think it’s great!

    Pat

  11. Wow, that’s REALLY impressive. Technology is making it more and more easy to create high quality work at a very low price. Still, it’s incredibly labour intensive to do something like that, so it’ll likely be a few years still before it becomes very common.

  12. Wow, that’s REALLY impressive. Technology is making it more and more easy to create high quality work at a very low price. Still, it’s incredibly labour intensive to do something like that, so it’ll likely be a few years still before it becomes very common.

  13. I still remember the 3d enhanced movie with the airplane landing on the Santa Monica freeway. This reminds me of those guys whom I believe ended up doing work for Mic Jagger if I’m not mistaken. I wish these guys luck.

    Storytelling isn’t the only thing that’s giving individuals power. Online expression gives power to personal and group political opinions. “Anonymous” has been using some unsavory practices to make their slams again the Church of Scientology. While their methods are not particularly legal, they’ve got our attention where networks didn’t report on such things.

    The internet social network has given individuals more power without the money the networks have had in the past. With power comes responsibility. We may be moving from financial power to social power via online networks. It will be interesting to see how the social power behind the online networks directs our society in the coming years.

  14. I still remember the 3d enhanced movie with the airplane landing on the Santa Monica freeway. This reminds me of those guys whom I believe ended up doing work for Mic Jagger if I’m not mistaken. I wish these guys luck.

    Storytelling isn’t the only thing that’s giving individuals power. Online expression gives power to personal and group political opinions. “Anonymous” has been using some unsavory practices to make their slams again the Church of Scientology. While their methods are not particularly legal, they’ve got our attention where networks didn’t report on such things.

    The internet social network has given individuals more power without the money the networks have had in the past. With power comes responsibility. We may be moving from financial power to social power via online networks. It will be interesting to see how the social power behind the online networks directs our society in the coming years.

  15. Brilliant! Thanks for making us aware of this. I was just tonight discussing with an aspiring screenwriter friend a story idea I’d like to shoot low budget, and we were worrying about the cost of effects. Even low budget films these days means $3Mln rather than $3,000.

  16. Brilliant! Thanks for making us aware of this. I was just tonight discussing with an aspiring screenwriter friend a story idea I’d like to shoot low budget, and we were worrying about the cost of effects. Even low budget films these days means $3Mln rather than $3,000.

  17. Wow! That was very cool. Thanks for sharing this.

  18. Wow! That was very cool. Thanks for sharing this.

  19. That was one of the most impressive feats of small-team video editing I’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing, mate.

  20. That was one of the most impressive feats of small-team video editing I’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing, mate.

  21. It’s absolutely amazing how much technology has changed everything is just a few short years.

    FYI Chris, I just shared your ebook download info/link with my marketing group and it’s a BIG hit.

  22. It’s absolutely amazing how much technology has changed everything is just a few short years.

    FYI Chris, I just shared your ebook download info/link with my marketing group and it’s a BIG hit.

  23. @roger – The actual documentary used their graphics well too. As you say, they should get some great work off the back of it.

    @Cigar Jack – Yup, I think the film industry could do with some healthy competition to the big studios

    @Steven – Hadn’t thought of that, yeah if you only need three to be thousands …

    @Chris – Great work isn’t it? Shows they have a passion for what they do

    @Pat – The best thing is the tools are getting more and more within the average small studios grasp

    @Adam – Yes but hopefully this is a sign it will come?

    @Desirea – Good point, this power can be abused and used to mislead also

    @jonson – Indeed, what a studio considers low budget is still a lot of money!

    @Shantanu – Welcome 🙂

    @Jeremy – Glad you enjoyed it, I thought it would be something different for you guys

    @marti – Thanks! Please do share far and wide 🙂

  24. @roger – The actual documentary used their graphics well too. As you say, they should get some great work off the back of it.

    @Cigar Jack – Yup, I think the film industry could do with some healthy competition to the big studios

    @Steven – Hadn’t thought of that, yeah if you only need three to be thousands …

    @Chris – Great work isn’t it? Shows they have a passion for what they do

    @Pat – The best thing is the tools are getting more and more within the average small studios grasp

    @Adam – Yes but hopefully this is a sign it will come?

    @Desirea – Good point, this power can be abused and used to mislead also

    @jonson – Indeed, what a studio considers low budget is still a lot of money!

    @Shantanu – Welcome 🙂

    @Jeremy – Glad you enjoyed it, I thought it would be something different for you guys

    @marti – Thanks! Please do share far and wide 🙂