Following Blair Witch Project, Filmmakers, Writers Take Shot At Publishing Online
Posted March 28, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST
RALEIGH — For people who like "whodunits" and independent films, the Internet is the place to go. Several creative filmmakers and writers are using the Web to display their work.
TheBlair Witch Projectpromoted itself on the Web and made hundreds of millions of dollars. Now, some companies are following suit and publishing their work online.
Ally Farsonis the farcical name for a female California serial killer who does not exist.
ShadowMan Entertainment, a film production company, created Ally hoping to follow in the footsteps of the Blair Witch Project. Site visitors will find pictures and video of make-believe characters involved in the investigation.
Representatives from ShadowMan Entertainment say the Orange County Sheriff's department has opened an investigation. They do not claim the site creators have violated any law, but they are concerned about the use of the Internet for these types of stories.
A disclaimer shows Ally is not real, but people have fun working on the "whodunit" game.
Ally Farson, the movie, is due out this winter. Viewers should be warned that the site is pretty graphic and should not be visited by children.
Atom Filmsoffers real movies on the Web.
The short subjects include this year's Oscar winner for best live action short, "My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York."
Big stars like Matthew McConaughey star in the short films produced by would-be big time moviemakers. They submit their movies to Atom Films for promotion, and people can buy most of the movies in VHS form.
Atom Films also offers animated shorts.