Here's a scoop: Samsung Mobile will be launching a new exciting web initiative aimed at challenging the way 'film' is both produced and consumed on Saturday, Dec 24th. However, I know through an agency I am working with that the site is live as of today.
AnyFilms.net is a web presence that holds two new forms of web based entertainment: "Ubiquitous Films" and "InteractiveFilms". Under "Directors' Showcase Ubiquitous Films) the user is offered 2 stories in 3 short films, which can be downloaded to specific Samsung mobile phones. These films have been assembled by Executive Producer Jon Kilik, known for such productions as Broken Flowers (Jim Jarmusch, director Bill Murray, lead role) and Alexander (Oliver Stone, director, Anthony Hopkins, lead role). He has brought together several filmmakers, representing a range of Hollywoodfilm making talent that embraces youth as well as hard earned motion picture experience, and produced short films of exceptional quality in the genres of suspense, comedy and variety. One of the films "Across the hall" has been directed by Alex Merkin, starring Adrian Grenier while another, "GiGi" was directed by Mark Dippe, the director of the feature film Spawn.
Here is how Samsung introduces the "Directors Showcase" on the web site:
A new age in cell phone technology is on the way that will allow us to enjoy movies any where, any time. In anticipation of this new age, Ubiquitous Films has emerged as a Samsung supported project that helps the production of cell phone oriented films. Please enjoy these films by the next generation film makers.
The second part of AnyFilms.net, is "Interactive Films” where the purpose is showcase a unique entertainment experience that provides the users the opportunity to become his own producer, and make his own film. Users will have to select 4 icons from a set of six positions anywhere within the film grid. Their selection will then create a film, one of 11,101 possibilities on the site. Each film shows a different focus, a different angle on an event that happened one night in a club.
Here is how "Interactive Films" are introduced:
10 characters. 1 event. A mysterious suitcase. A strange fascination with underwear. 10 possible endings. 11,000 different ways for the story to play out. Samsung brings you the future of entertainment. Configure and reconfigure the story to pick up different clues as you try to figure out exactly what happened.
I have been playing around on the site for a while and I think it is really amazing. Samsung believes that in the very near future, everyone will be able to easily enjoy movies through their cell phones, at anytime and any place and are working on developing the next generation of cell phones to make this come true. Now isn't that cool?
The success of iPod Video combined Video Podcasting is obviously spinning off to our mobile phones. And that’s easy to understand, video is hot, videos produced by users themselves is even hotter - and when all this will be possible on handsets with high-quality digital video cameras - enabling users to create their own films on the fly - upload and share them - this market is just going to explode. For what is more compelling? A Blog, a Podcast or a Videocast ? I can't wait myself until I get one... Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage of Anyfilms.net during the next couple of days..
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