We met Christian Einfeldt during our visit in the Bay Area and asked him to describe his movie project, an open source documentary based on interviews with many digital and ‘free software’ pioneers.
“I am producing a film called the Digital Tipping Point. The DTP is a film library project and a documentary film project that strives to do three things: 1) build a great collection of video about the new human renaissance that Free Open Source Software (FOSS) will bring to the world; 2) build a movie-in-a-box out of the 5 best hours of that footage; 3) create an entertaining, informative documentary out of that library. The film will show how Free Open Source Software is in the process of creating an explosion of creativity, literacy, and scientific advancement. The target audience is Windows users. We want to make the film sufficiently fun that even Windows users will be entertained.
We have filmed many dignitaries such as Christian Ude (the Mayor of Munich), Hermann-Josef Pelgrim (the Mayor of Schwaebisch Hall), Gilberto Gil (the Culture Minister of Brazil), and Luiz Millan Vazquez de Miguel, (the Extremaduran Minister of Science, Education), and Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. Our film is the first feature length documentary to be built on-line out of fully forkable footage released under a Creative Commons Attribute-ShareAlike license on the Internet Archive.
You can see our raw video here, where we currently have 59 hours of raw video. This video will need to be re-rendered for most applications other than casual watching, as it is our “source code”.
Our keyword search index page is the place to go to find specific persons or themes for our footage.
The interesting thing is that just today, a major studio announced that they are going to start giving away parts of their films for free, as teasers. But we are way ahead of them in that regard — we are not only giving our footage away, we are inviting peer 2 peer production of the film by our community. Doc Searls said in his Digital Tipping Point interview that open source is what happens when the demand side supplies itself, and that is what we are doing.
But this is our first film, and I am an attorney, not a filmmaker, and so I am sure we have made lots of mistakes. But the Digital Tipping Point is a digital tipping point — we hope to show that amateurs will be able to use peer 2 peer production methods to compete with major studies in certain market segments. We are seeing high segmentation of the market due to YouTube and the thousands of others online video sites. There will always be a demographic that insists on a big screen experience, but already we are seeing that the small screen has lots of appeal due to the high volume of highly differentiated and original videos showing up on the Internet.”