OK... Now we're back, LIVE, in the studio with....
I've been spending a ton of time working on my movie; the budget, distribution ideas, funding and partnerships. The film is titled KilRoi and is, on the surface, a piece about graffiti and tagging. However, at its heart, the film is more about the subjective nature of art - What is GOOD art? What is bad? How are these judgments made and by what parameters, methods or perspectives?
Reckless and violent graffiti criminals have terrorized a city for years.
Pressured by the electorate, the city's mayor hires a special sniper unit to eradicate the criminals under a controversial executive order - shoot on sight.
The script is written, a budget created and a rough crew roster has been sketched out. All good stuff, for sure. I've got a couple production companies in mind, too.
But KilRoi is to be more than a film. It has the opportunity to one of the first film-based entertainment efforts to leverage Augmented Reality (AR). As discussed in previous entries, (I, II, III), I've been involved in the Augmented Reality scene and have been working to define and develop the space where the new technology and filmmaking intersect. I wrote a couple articles (I, II) for my SF Examiner.com column on AR for the recent eComm Conference, too.
After months of research, meetings and dialogs, I've narrowed down the most likely use of this new tech in relation to the film. But, as it tends to happen when dealing with Big Questions, my efforts have uncovered a unforeseen, yet promising, surprise. Through the wonders of Twitter, I've met a couple smart folks with video game backgrounds that are interested in co-developing a social/mobile game driven off the core plot of the film - using AR. Awesome.
Developed as a joint project with proper support, the film becomes more than a static, on-screen narrative. It takes on a life of its own and grows, changes and morphs into something larger than itself. Of course, there are tons of challenges ahead but this is a very promising start.
I'll have a website up soon with a bit more info. Especially the investors@ email address.