14/11/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Bryony Makes A Zombie Movie tells the story of YouTube star Bryony Matthewman's attempts to pull together a user-generated zombie movie. Their efforts forms the basis of the half-hour documentary, which is due to screen in the UK on BBC Three at 11.45pm on Sunday 16th November 2008.
Bryony Matthewman, aka Paperlilies, is a YouTube celeb who became the most viewed Londoner on YouTube in 2007. Then she decided to make a film – but being an internet Z-lister, she decided to eschew the traditional method and do it entirely online. This means that her film is a wholly collaborative effort, using only people she has met on the web. So actors, screenwriters, editors, cameramen, make-up artists all come from her international online community.
Her challenge? Not only did Bryony have to make the film a reality, she also had a deadline to meet, Halloween 2008, when she threw a premiere party at the Renoir Cinema in London's West End involving as many contributors as could make it, all dressed in their finest black tie clobber – with a few zombies thrown in for good measure.
With contributors from Australia, Canada, Brazil, Germany, USA, the UK and France, the clock to red carpet day was soon ticking...
Bryony put a video on YouTube in which she claimed to have been bitten by a stranger on the tube, and that this inspired her to make a zombie movie...
More than 300,000 people viewed the video. Bryony also set up a forum, where people could discuss ideas and volunteer their services. The project attracted a variety of weird and wonderful contributors from across the globe, including a girl from Germany who made a video about how excited she was to be featured...
Hat Trick and BBC Three followed Bryony's production with online documentary coverage consisting of two webisodes per week over a 17-week period on the BBC Three site over at www.bbc.co.uk/zombies
Content includes coverage of shoot days, interviews with the luminaries of the undead world and make-up testing; Bryony also reports back on the weirdest, worst and most wicked suggestions, video responses and volunteers from all over the world.
Now BBC Three is due to screen a 30-minute TV programme telling the full story of Bryony's journey from initial video post to red carpet premiere. Will she make her film on time?
Danny Cohen, BBC Three controller, told SFcrowsnest.com, "Bryony is next-generation talent, discovered and developed on the internet. As a multi-platform network, BBC Three will continue to look for these kinds of opportunities – via the web and beyond."
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