When I first heard about Paulo Coelho’s MySpace collaboration for turning his latest book into a film, I knew this was the kind of experiment in filmmaking by crowd sourcing that would be interesting to follow.
Over 6,000 people subscribed to Coelho’s proposition. I don’t know if that means he received 6,000 video entries, or if it also represents other forms of participation from MySpace users. In any case, he recently announced the provisional selection of the winning videos that will be part of the film. As expected, the provisional winners will have to comply with some fine print and complete required legal transactions.
Coelho mentioned the film now runs at 380 minutes, much too long for commercial distribution. He does want, however, to show the full cut on the Internet, before submitting an edited version to film festivals.
In the meantime, you can watch the provisional winning videos.