Tuesday, October 04, 2005

CGI Movies with Live controls?

I wonder what would happen if someone got really creative and made a movie based on Computer Generating Images (CGI) that also allowed members of the public to randomly control aspects of it real time during screening? Think about this. The technology is there today. So how could it work?

Certain characters in the movie would be controllable via an API. People could bid for the right to control those characters during certain time frames when they know the film would be seen by friends etc. The glyphs would only be able to interact with certain aspects of the 3D environment and would have to be constrained not to affect the overall movie plot, yet they could perform some pretty cool stuff (such as driving cars in the background of a movie) or even playing a small role such as deliver a pizza. Glyphs would be controlled similar to online gaming.

To me, this would be an interesting social experiment. I think it would be funny to observe how some would try to maximize their appearance and notoriety within a movie while others may actually use it for embellishing their acting resume.

So there is the idea. Someone go out and implement it. Send me a royalty check if you feel compelled for the idea ;-)

1 comment:

  1. I don't have a blogger account, so couldn't reply to your posting about movies, but here's what I would have posted:

    While finishing my MBA, we did our final project on a company called Timeplay, that is creating a service to allow gamers to play video games on the big screen. I think its an interesting thought to have movies and games combined into one activity. The two industries are absolutely enormous, so combinations of the two don't need to be hugely successful in terms of penetration to be hugely successful in terms of dollars.


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