RIDLEY SCOTT: Teaming Up with Machinima to Produce Web Content
Ridley Scott will be collaborating with Machinima to create a dozen science fiction short films for the web that could conceivably be transformed into feature film franchises, according to an article posted at Deadline.com.
Says Deadline, "Despite turning 75, Scott continues to have an appetite for cutting-edge stuff and emerging technologies. He won’t direct any of these short films but will be a hands-on executive producer with RSA president Jules Daly. With Machinima, they will select directing clients of RSA and figure out what stories to tell.
"Machinima has provided a strong springboard for genre content on the web. The network distributed Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which revived the moribund Mortal Kombat franchise. It started with a short film and is now in its second season and led to a feature film in development. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn premiered last fall and the series has received more than 3.2 million views."
According to the article, Scott's RSA is working with over 80 filmmakers, among them Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, Kathryn Bigelow, Joe Carnahan, etc. The idea is that as a source for potential ideas, these filmmakers will be approached to see if they have any concepts they'd enjoy bringing to life. Daly is quoted as saying, "There is a plethora of great talent here and sometimes they don’t have a platform for great ideas that would work well in shorts. It could be an established director wanting to try something new, or a brilliant young director from Sweden who surprises us.”
In a statement, Scott said: “RSA has always been at the forefront of creating innovative work. With new media transforming the way audiences connect with films and filmmakers, Machinima is a great partner for us as we embark on this new model of delivering original content to fans. It’s a tremendous opportunity for pushing the creative boundaries for both our filmmakers and the audience.”
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