Thursday, October 28, 2004
Bring Dead Art Back to Life!
"We're running a supernatural remixing contest and we need your help. Here's how it works:
Step 1: Raise the Dead. Get out your video editing tools and download a slice of George A. Romero's classic 1968 horror flick Night of the Living Dead. Romero's original, idiosyncratic, super-low-budget vision of a broken world filled with animated, cannibalistic corpses has filled the imaginations of moviegoers for decades. Indeed, it's the film that gave birth to an entire genre: the apocalyptic zombie horror movie. [More]
And because it's in the public domain, anyone can borrow pieces of it to make a music video, comic short, or other art. Which is what we want you to do. To really get your creative juices flowing, hook yourself up with another piece of re-mixable art: the 2003 student film "Amid the Dead." [More]
It's available for download here for the first time, under a Creative Commons license that gives you permission to play mad scientist.
Step 2: Go Mad – Invent! Take a piece of Romero, mix it up with some Amid the Dead, and add your own special twist. Use your imagination to build your own new piece of art.
Step 3: Give it a ReBirth Certificate. Tag your new creation with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. It not only lets people feel safe to use your work without having to phone you and a team of lawyers, but it prevents someone else getting their own team of lawyers and turning your work into a big commercial franchise that everyone else has to pay to use.
Step 4: Set it Loose in Public. There are several ways to get your work to us:
- Share it on a p2p network (make sure to put "[FC-Dead-Art]" in the file name!)
- Burn it to a CD or DVD and snail-mail it to us.
- Upload it to Archive.org.
- Put it on your own webserver.
- If you're a college student at a participating campus, you can hand-deliver your entry to your local chapter.
Step 5: Alert the Neighbors. Don't forget to tell us how to get a copy. We'll be tracking all of the pieces of art created during this campaign, and starting on Halloween we'll be spotlighting entries. If you walk away with the top prize, you'll get a (lifeless) candy-filled zombie piñata and a brand-spanking new copy of Night of the Living Dead on DVD! The two runners-up will also receive copies of Night of the Living Dead on DVD."
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