Marketed as the world's first bio-controlled, live-action movie, Many Worlds was writer and director Alexis Kirke's way of creating a film that joined cutting-edge technology with immersive and enjoyable filmmaking. The immersive part of the equation is extremely important to Kirke, who has perfected his very own Choose Your Own Adventure for the cinema.
On February 23, audience members at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival in Plymouth, U.K. will sit and watch a movie about a physics experiment gone awry. A student traps herself in a "coffin" to test her theory, there's a cyanide capsule involved, and the tension mounts when another student may or may not get into the coffin with her. The audience will actually decide the fate of the short film's characters.
Several members in the crowd will be hooked up to biological detectors, which will pick up stats on muscle tension, brain waves, heart rate, perspiration. When someone physically reacts to a scene, the computer auto-selects another plot point to jump to based on their reactions. No one knows how the movie will actually end, and their responses can create a different finale each time. See Kirke demonstrate how his viewers will reedit his movie live in the below video. It sounds a little Big Brother-esque, but could this be the future of filmmaking? Are we all destined to be advertising guinea pigs? [via Gizmodo]