Before Channing Tatum left to film Steven Soderbergh’s spy thriller ‘Knockout‘ overseas and WAY before his Roman drama ‘Eagle of the Ninth‘ hits the big screen this fall, fans are going to get to see him in a much smaller, but equally important production, with longtime friend Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Five years ago, Joseph began the site hitRECord.org, where artists and filmmakers can post their work and then collaborate with a community of users who can contribute to the work by adding their own tweaks. He uses his position in the traditional entertainment industry to turn that creativity into money-making productions and then shares any profits with the contributing artists.
When I talked to Chan about HitRecord recently, he had nothing but good things to say about the site. In addition to joining the community and posting his own original content, Chan decided to flex his comedic chops in the next installment of one of the sites most popular collaborations, ‘Morgan M. Morganson’s Date with Destiny‘.
‘Morgan M. Morganson’s Date with Destiny‘ was screened at the 2010 Sundance Festival and is what Joe shows people when they ask “What is hitRECord?”.
The way it was created is definitely unconventional…
One user in the community proposed a writing exercise. In response to the challenge, user Metaphorest created a short story that inspired everything else. Joe read the story aloud, another user started drawing the characters, someone else animated the drawings, Joe and user Lula did a live-action rendition, and another community member created the amazing visuals.
In the end, roughly 180 contributions from throughout the HitRecord community contributed to a video that earned two planned screenings at Sundance and was added as a short film to play before the award-winning feature ‘Homewrecker’ during this year’s festival. You can check out ‘Morgan M. Morganson’s Date with Destiny‘ below…
Joe announced this week that he’s currently editing the sequel to the film short above, which is titled ‘Morgan & Destiny’s Eleventeeth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo’. The film short was written by Metaphorest, and stars Chan, Lexy Hulme (aka Lula) and Joe as Lionel, Destiny, and Morgan.
Stay tuned to CTU and I’ll post Chan’s latest film as soon as it’s released!