I'm very impressed by Finite Films. They're a band of filmmakers who produce one Hollywood-level quality short film every month — and each of their short films works within the constraints that people give them on the web.
Michael Tucker — part of the group — tells me that it's "basically an experiment in social media and co-authorship with the audience". Here is how it works: You go to their site, send them a constraint for their next short film, they pick their 21 favourites, you vote for them. The top seven define the next short. So, basically, you can get a movie in which:
• Someone falls into a whole. • Someone gets eaten by a dinosaur. • Two dozen tigers dance. • A plane disappears. • Semi-naked amazons hunt a mammoth. • It rains coffee. • Richard Nixon eats a doughnut.
I would watch that movie.
They are now currently accepting submissions for their June film, which will be premiering in June 2012. [Finite Films]