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Collaborative HDSLR Film 'The Story Beyond the Still' Premieres at Sundance (and Right Here, Online)

01.24.11 @ 4:21PM Tags : , , , , ,

At the currently-running 2011 Sundance Film Festival, there are a number of films that are premiering simultaneously in front of a live audience and online. One of these projects is the conclusion to the Canon- and Vimeo-sponsored Story Beyond the Still contest, which, according to Canon, is “the largest online collaborative film contest in history.” Largest or not, the chapter-by-chapter crowdsourced film has produced some great individual shorts, and now for the first time it’s available as one complete film — with a new final chapter to cap it off. Watch the 38-minute compendium in its entirety here:

If you’d already seen the previous chapters and just want to watch the final chapter — the eighth installment, written by the previous chapter winners and directed by Vincent Laforet, starring Judd Nelson — here it is by itself:

And here’s the behind-the-scenes video:

Some very impressive work in there. What did you think of the visuals, and how well did the crowdsourced story hold up in your opinion?

[via Vincent Laforet]


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  • Canon is the king of HDSLR for film to my opinion.

  • impressive visuals, but the story was cliche and i think you could use the last chapter with any other chapters in between.

  • Great cinematography but the story was weird.

  • In my opinion, the story got too convoluted as the last few shorts abandoned the premise started in the previous short…. But amazing work regardless! The production value of the final short was amazing! Awesome lighting, camera work, sound, and editing!