Mike Myers has signed a deal with Dreamworks to "film sample" various film clips, inserting himself into them while recombining and reusing existing film, to tell new stories. However, if you would like to sample, and share your work, you too might have to make a deal with a big-time company motivated (and well funded) enough to clear copyright and make the necessary deals allowing you to play with film the way people make Madlibs (or try this interactive site). That is, if you want to show your work to anyone besides friends and family, in analog, in your living room.
Even then, the technological hurdles for now are mighty, and most people who might like to play with sampling are probably deterred over the difficulty of the process. But, if this were to become something film copyright owners were willing to license or share through fair use, an industry might spring up allowing the man on the street to make something like Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid in an easy, simple way. Or maybe just make an email greeting of themselves as the Terminator.Posted by Mary Hodder at February 18, 2003 08:06 AM