Director DJ Caruso (I Am Number Four, Disturbia) and actress Emmy Rossum (The Day After Tomorrow) are developing a new film called "Inside" that will incorporate the audience by weaving elements of social media into the story. Check out the trailer below.
With social media being as popular as it is, filmmakers, studios and movie theaters have been looking for new ways to get fans involved in order to create a more interactive experience. One theater lets movie-goers text messages about the film which show up on the screen throughout the screening. But Caruso is taking this a step further.
He is actually working fan YouTube submissions, and Facebook and Twitter messages into the story to help the main character (Rossum) piece together her mystery. The whole thing definitely sounds interesting, but will movie-goers want to see some amateur YouTube videos in a movie? Who knows, but it worked for Ridley Scott's "Life In a Day." To get involved, visit the film's official site.
Plot: "Inside" revolves around Christina (Rossum), a 20-something girl who has been trapped in a room and left with a laptop and an untraceable Internet connection. Scared with no idea of what awaits her, she mobilizes her social network to help disseminate clues to figure out where she is being held and hopefully rescued.
Question: Will an interactive experience make movies more enjoyable for you?
"'Inside' revolves around Christina (Rossum), a 20-something girl who has been trapped in a room and left with a laptop and an untraceable Internet connection. Scared with no idea of what awaits her, she mobilizes her social network to help disseminate clues to figure out where she is being held and hopefully rescued."
She has access to the Internet and she decides to check her Facebook? ......
And I know the following comment will show up later on, but I thought I would just go ahead and say it: I want to be "Inside" of Emmy Rossum.
First of all, the description above doesn't make it sound interactive at all. It gives fans the chance to contribute to the final product, a product that will be shown in its entirety for an audience. Interactive to me is when you get the chance to participate during a showing, which has been experimented on before. I have never attended any of those, but the footage I have seen look very bad.
But I don't think this is the future, this is just PR. If you have been on the site, you can see that they are clearly promoting Toshiba and Intel. And even if this weren't a commercial, I would have said no. Some wannabe filmmakers would surely appreciate the opportunity, but in the end it wouldn't lead anywhere.
^ agreed, my idea of the future of movies would have to be more 'last action hero'-ish...if we all had a magic golden ticket that makes our movie world a reality, i would say that is the future of movies, UNFORTUNATELY none of us will ever get that...still, last action hero was one of the first movies to dive into that sort of idea or bring that idea back to life
No. Videogames become more cinematic and if something becomes an interactive movie, it will be a videogame.
Facebook and Twitter messages aren't interactive, you just interfere with the enjoyment of other movie goers.
This can't be the future of movies because we already have this technology and no one has figured out a successful way of using it. Having random people message stuff in while a movie is playing is only going to end in disaster since the most popular age demographic for the cinema is teenagers. You think they'll take it seriously or just write "I wanna bum you!!" Movies are supposed to be art, an escape from reality through somebody else's vision. It's like having a book with a blank chapter saying "write what you want to happen next". I just don't see it working or increasing viewers enjoyment in any way.
beeppoop makes a good point. When technology is advanced enough and consoles are powerful enough to run games that are ultra-realistic down the even the persons face. You can put yourself as the protagonist alongside other movie stars and make your own decisions that influence the outcome of the movie. Obviously you would be limited in a number of ways but if done well it could be more intense than any film.
The Alamo Drafthouse theater here in Austin has these interactive texting films probably about twice a month. They pick a really crappy movie like Twatlight and allow you to text your jokes and your hate for the film for fun. Its all a big joke and kind of funny but gets boring real quick. I don't see this being the future in any major way.
The Alamo actually has something cooler as far as being able to interact with the movie. Sometimes they show old school action films like Commando and add their own effects to them. They have pyrotechnics in the theater that go off during big explosions and they give they audience cap guns to shoot during gunfights. They also have Sing-alongs (for films like Mama Mia or Rocky Horror), Quote-alongs (for films like The Big Lebowski and Office Space), and many other fun things to beef up the movie experience.
All this is quirky and somewhat entertaining but not what I would consider the future of the industry. If you really want to interact with a film or a narrative, just pick up a FPS videogame. They're basically interactive films now and are definitely more entertaining than anything DJ Caruso could come up with.
If you're ever make sure to catch a flick at the Alamo. You won't be disappointed.
No, I already go to very few movies because of the Richard Heads who insist on using their cellphones or talking during movies. This is one sure way for Hollywood to lose even more money , stop now before it is to late.
No sh*t. As soon as they said social something or another I tuned out.
People want escapism with films, not internet interactivity. They go to turn the brains off, not turn them on for a trip to Facebook.
The future of films is, first, true photorealism, with fully digital characters as believable as real people, as seen in Avatar. Then next phase will be something I can't quite predict, but expect a revolution in both games and films with a convergence and or confluence between the two.
3D, fortunately, is just a fad, with some irritating longevity, cynically intending to make films more lucrative via the theatrical and retail markets, and once saturation is reached, I expect a drop off as cost of 3D exceeds expected profits. Won't be for a long while though, thanks to the James Cameron's spearheading.
There's no such thing, and in fact, the very way the internet works makes it virtually impossible to not find a user (or in the case of WP trolls, a L-user), unless the ISP deletes their records constantly, which is a violation of the law in most places.
"Will an interactive experience make movies more enjoyable for you?"
Just talking about the possibility has ruined this article, so what do you think?
"With social media being as popular as it is"
Popular with children under the ages of 40, you mean.
Facebook, twitter, myspace? Don't have one. I'd throw my cellphone way if there was another way to call hookers.
"filmmakers, studios and movie theaters have been looking for new ways to get fans involved in order to create a more interactive experience."
Translation: people with money are looking to make more money by finding ways into your wallet.
"One theater lets movie-goers text messages about the film which show up on the screen throughout the screening."
This is, without a doubt, the worst idea in the entire history of the human race, and I imagine, if you had on hand the entire history of several technological extraterrestrial civilizations in addition, it would still be the worst idea across them all, even worse then the idea of an ejector seat on a helicopter. Even worse than:
"Scared with no idea of what awaits her, she mobilizes her social network to help disseminate clues to figure out where she is being held and hopefully rescued."
So, basically Buried with the added addition that all the idiots in the audience will be ruining the otherwise already awful films with both the clattering of their electronic toys and the rattling of their already empty minds.
The future of movies will be Mink with a megaphone and laserpointer standing in front of the theatre telling everone his opinion of every actor, director, best boy, and plot twist in the film. Mink-o-vision!
This doesn't sound like it's going to start any trends to me. True interactivity is being able to shape the outcome, that's more along the lines of what video games are. @beepboop has a good point. People that want that want that kind of thing will go to video games, especially with how they're making them look these days. As games get better and better looking (more like movies), I think more people looking for this kind of experience will go that route. Most of the "epic" games these days have multiple storylines and many possible outcomes available. So is it the future of movies? No, I don't think so. I think that future is increasing the experience of the audience without involving them in the plot (the realism of the picture and characters, environmental enhancements similar to what SAC described). I think this is closer to the future of video games than movies. Although I could also see some sort of convergence between the two down the road.
@SAC- that theater sounds neat though. Pretty cool to have pyros going off around you when stuff is exploding onscreen. Too bad I don't live near Austin, that would be neat to see.
No this isn't the future of movies, anymore than 3D is the future of movies. This even less so than 3D if that's even possible, at least they can (and are) force feeding 3D. This is just a stupid f*cking idea. This is as interactive as people who go to sports games and yell "THROW THE BALL YOU JACKASS!"
But since we're going to go this route why don't we make all movies about 20mins long too? Science has proven that people today have a very short attention span, so why don't we play off that. Picture this: Action movie, but skip all that boring "exposition" sh*t we don't need to have background or an explaination of anything. Just blow something up. Next thing you know, the bad guy has kidnapped the good guy's girlfriend and tells him if he takes one more step the bad guy will shoot her. The good guy takes a step and instead of f*cking around the bad guy just shoots her in the face. The good guy shoots the bad guy. THE END
Future of movies right there. Boom, we were done in about 10-15mins and now I can go off and tweet/facebook/shout at a baby that I'm eating a cheeseburger because the whole damn world is just that interested in my sad little life.