Ok, I admit, as a writer myself, I also had thought of using Snapchat as a base for a short horror movie. It was all about having the video-sharing app connection in the narrative and not about writing a horror story itself. It had to do with Snapchat. I had to think of ways of using the trendy app to tell my horror story (And why a horror story?).
Then came along the The Forest, a horror-movie based on a plot similar to what I had in mind when I first watched a documentary about people in Japan going to this forest to commit suicide (but there is always the-bridge-in-China plot where people also go to kill themselves only to be saved by this great man who not only saves them but provides them with food and shelter. Guess what? There is a film made about the guy already: Angel of NanJing).
The following is the trailer for The Forest
When things go pop
What is Pop culture? For many it means many things but I've simplified it to something that becomes famous because it represents something important, something fashionable at a particular time and place. The fame comes instantaneous (it took me years to figure out the connection of how James Dean became an icon and part of the Pop culture).
Take Pokemon Go for instance for the conversation's sake. The hysteria built around it was amazing (watch those viral videos filmed where these group of Pokemon-crazy people run around in unison like zombies when they see a Pokemon monster at a park somewhere). Talking of viral that's a new word that's become part of our modern culture. You're not someone or something is not something if it's not gone viral.
Before Snapchat there was Facebook. Its all about Snapchat now. It's the thing. Everyday people film their daily lives and upload it on their stories. The video-clips stays there online for a 24 hour period and then it vanishes. Just like that.
Hollywood as a tech-savvy producer
When Blair Witch Project first hit the screens it became an instant hit. It made millions in Hollywood from a great and yet simple idea: the whole film was based on a film that was found on a camcorder - the "found-footage" narrative.
It didn't cost millions to make the first Blair Witch Project ($60,000). There was no internet or the internet of things that we take for granted today. It was made in 1999. Anyways, the point is that the new installment called Blair Witch is out and the creators have tried to use Snapchat this time around.
The following is the official trailer of the Blair Witch Project shot in 1999;
Vice has argued that Blair Witch Project is one of the best horror-#Movies to have come out in the past forty years. The following is a statement from the magazine publisher about the movie genre;
"It's arguable that no American horror movie of the last 40 years has said more about our culture of rapidly captured, real-time images - how they're made, how they're watched, and how they affect us - than Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick's lo-fi stunt production, which was so believable as a faux-documentary because it was, for the most part, being filmed live and in real time by its central trio of actors."
The following is the official trailer of Blair Witch;
The first Snapchat movie
The movie that 'started it all' - make a horror-movie using Snapchat before anyone else does (Why a horror movie?) - is called Sickhouse. It's shot entirely on the video-sharing app. The film actually looks more like Blair Witch Project 2 than a film introducing the world to a new form of horror genre. "None of this is revolutionary; we've been seeing movies of this sort since before the Blair Witch Project mainstreamed the format in 1999", reports Vulture.
Viral video games that were turned into films
The following is the list of the video games, played mostly on Apple's #iPhone and iPads (also part of our pop culture), that went viral and finally turned into a film (a film based on Pokemon Go is in the making probably); #Hollywood
- Angry birds
- Assasisn's Creed