This article is from The Independent – December 29, 2008
“While the networking website MySpace has opened the door to many a musician – Lily Allen for one – only now have the same possibilities been opened up to budding film-makers. When the heads of MySpace recognised a growing community of film fans on the site, they set out to make the world’s first feature film created entirely by internet users. The result is Faintheart, a heart-warming comedy starring Jessica Hynes and Eddie Marsan alongside first-time actors.
Although the film took less time to shoot than a Hollywood blockbuster, involving the online community in every stage of film production was a long process. In February 2007, aspiring directors were invited to submit a short film proposing their idea to be developed in a feature for a chance to land a £1m budget, supplied by Vertigo Films, the UK Film Council and Film4. Some 800 hopefuls uploaded videos, which were narrowed to a shortlist of 12, from which three were selected by a panel including the actress Sienna Miller and the director Kevin Macdonald. When proceedings were handed over to MySpace users, it was British director Vito Rocco they voted in. Read rest of article here.