Friday, September 19, 2008

Why haven't I heard of this?

Paulo Coelho's experimental film adaptation of his book, The Witch of Portobello, is pretty much done. I had no idea this was going on, but it clearly represents the latest and greatest way for a popular author to interact with his or her fans online. Welcome to our new world in which authors are not just writers of books but content creators.

Coelho requested that his readers submit their video interpretations of the book, and he asked musicians to submit soundtracks and score. The book is divided into 14 sections, each told by a different character who interacts with the main character. 14 filmmakers were chosen out of nearly 6,000 submissions to represent each of these points of view.

You can watch each of the 14 videos here, and read updates about the project here. Coelho also has a blog, and I enjoyed the photo he posted from the movie Metropolis by Fritz Lang. Coelho plans to release his 380-minute movie online for free before editing it down for theatrical release.

Seriously, why didn't I know about this?


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