A Swarm of Angels

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A Swarm of Angels (ASOA) is an open source film project, whose aim is to make the world’s first Internet-funded, crewed and distributed feature film. The collaborative project aims to attract 50,000 individual subscribers (the "Swarm of Angels"), each contributing £25 to the production. This feature film and associated original media project embraces the Creative Commons notion of flexible copyright licencing, to permit people to freely download, share, and remix the original media made for the project.[1]

A Swarm of Angels is the brainchild of film producer and author Matt Hanson, founder of the onedotzero digital film festival. He has labelled the process Cinema 2.0. It would be the first time for a project of this scale to be funded, produced and distributed in this way.

Advisors to A Swarm of Angels include science fiction author and copyright activist Cory Doctorow, graphic novelist Warren Ellis, pioneer digital filmproducer Tommy Pallotta, and musical mashup artist Eric Kleptone of The Kleptones.[2]

A Swarm of Angels is recruiting a community capped at 50,000. Members can have a say in the script development. Two scripts are being developed, with one to be chosen by ASOA members to be produced. The scripts are currently being developed via the project forum, and are entitled, The Unfold, and The Ravages (formerly known as Glitch). According to the official website, A Swarm of Angels is "likely to be thriller based with soft sci-fi elements."

The project was nominated for the May 2006 "Next Big Web Thing" award, which it subsequently won.[3]


[edit] Participation

The project had its first voting day on 21 September, 2006, where members were polled on certain decisions via their forum, The Nine Orders.

[edit] Criticism

After gaining big interest and participation levels during the first year in which the project was launched development has slowed down significantly. The member activity in the project's forum has almost come to a halt during the 2nd half of 2008. Since the beginning of 2009 the official webpage is offline for reasons of reconstruction. The forum however is still accessible. Despite the slow progress of the project members are still waiting for their pre-ordered and pre-paid A Swarm of Angels posters which have been announced as exclusive member's items in the beginning of 2008. As of march 2009 not all of them have been compensated for their purchase yet.

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