Tom Holland - director of horror classics like "Fright Night" and "Child's Play - dropped us a line today to ask that we help him spread the word about his latest project. It looks like he's going even further down the road of "fan participation" than we've seen up to this point. Here's the Press Release:
Launched in February, www.helpuskillfrank.com, targets movie fans from every corner of the world to sign up for the once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of a Hollywood feature film from development through production. Holland explains, "Having been in this business for over 40 years, I have lived and worked through the ups and down of the economy, numerous strikes and the continuous changes in technology. The one thing that has remained constant is the fans. My fans, especially, are incredibly Internet savvy and when this idea was pitched to me it seemed like a perfect fit."
For as little as $5.00, anyone can join the team and gain access to behind-the-scenes footage, polls that influence the storyline, and be entered into contests and raffles. The more you donate, the more access and exclusive bonuses you gain, including walk-on roles and face-to-face time with real Hollywood pros.
Currently in pre-production, KILLING FRANK is scheduled to shoot in Los Angeles in late spring and will be produced by Trick Candle Productions in association with TH Productions.
So I went and perused around www.helpuskillfrank.com and was pretty intrigued by what I saw. There is admittedly a lot of chance for stuff to go wrong when you're talking about fan participation like this, but my obsession with the power of the internet has me fascinated by how this might turn out. Any step to democratize the process is a worthwhile venture in my eyes. Would love to know what you guys think.