by George Heymann

Distracted Media “The Tunnel” project has the potential to radically change how future creative projects are funded and distributed.

by George Heymann

The Tunnel in many respects is an experiment in film making. It’s the first movie being produced by Distracted Media under what it’s calling the “135K project”.

The 135K Project consist of selling 135,000 individual  serialized digital frames of the finished movie for $1 each. The money will go toward funding the movie.

Once the movie is completed, it will be released worldwide via a free internet download. Besides the free download, there will be a hard copy DVD edition released by Transmission Films on May 19. The hard copy will have more than 2 hours of bonus material not available in the free download.

In order to help spark interest in the project, Distracted Media is offering to share 1% of any profit made from the movie with 1 lucky person from the pool of all who purchased one of the serialized frames. There is also a The Tunnel shop hosted by Cafepress where you can purchase official movie related merchandise. You can follow the link to the store from the main site.

I love the philosophy behind The Tunnel, it’s a community funded project that embraces technology instead of following the typical piracy phobic Hollywood model.

A Distracted Media blog post details their position regarding piracy and the Internet. “The Internet was meant to be a tool to connect us. It was meant to break down borders and liberate. Now we have an entire generation who are being labeled criminals for using that tool. But perhaps rather than wasting millions of dollars fighting a loosing battle against Internet piracy, we should try to find a way to embrace the possibilities that this new world brings….”

I hope Distracted Media succeeds with their grand experiment it has the potential to radically change how future creative projects, like movies are developed, funded and distributed.

The success of The Tunnel project like most movies will largely depend on how good the story is and how well that story is told. The Tunnel revolves around the underground train tunnels that lay beneath Sydney’s St.-James Train Station in New South Wales. The government first funds a plan to utilize the water in the disused tunnels then suddenly abandons the development. An investigative team led by journalist Natasha Warner go into the tunnels following rumors of a government coverup looking for a story — until the true story finds them!

The movie teaser has good production value and whets your appetite just enough to make you want to see more. They have me hooked, I bought a frame of the movie and I’m along for the ride. How about you?

You can follow The Tunnel Movie on Twitter @thetunnelmovie or join their Facebook page. You can also follow me on Twitter @techeadlines.


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5 Responses

  1. […] Read more from the original source: Distracted Media “The Tunnel” project has the potential to … […]

  2. OC says:

    …………………………..By Patrick Frater……Fri 02 July 2010 15 01 PM HKT …………….Finance News…..Two Australian film-makers are giving the crowd funding concept a new whirl with planned movie The Tunnel concept art above …..Distracted Media Producers Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey plan to finance the thriller by asking visitors to the films website buy a frame of the movie for A 1 US 0.855 each and to raise A 135 000 115 000 .

  3. WRO says:

    Really Gr8 ! Thanks For sharing..

  4. HTGB says:

    Interesting layout on your blog. I really enjoyed reading it,I will be back to read more in the future.

  5. thomas pellegrini says:

    please let me know when paypal is not the only method of payment for the 2 disc hard copy edition

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