It’s been years since I released this movie, it was the first film I ever created and it’s amazing how many people saw it and the international response I received. If you’re checking this out now for this first time, please don’t judge the technical quality of this film or mistake it’s quality for the current films I am working on, just enjoy it as the beginning of my filmmaking aspirations. It’s raw and very independent for those of you who like stories WAAAY outside the polished Hollywood...
It’s been years since I released this movie, it was the first film I ever created and it’s amazing how many people saw it and the international response I received. If you’re checking this out now for this first time, please don’t judge the technical quality of this film or mistake it’s quality for the current films I am working on, just enjoy it as the beginning of my filmmaking aspirations. It’s raw and very independent for those of you who like stories WAAAY outside the polished Hollywood box. I’ve toyed with the idea of re-creating this film or making a sequel in HD with much higher quality but still retaining the no-budget indie spirit that made some people enjoy it in the first place.</p><p>I don’t know if anyone is interested in this movie anymore, but if you are, please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you. Boy Who Never Slept One of the world’s first full-length open source movies, Boy Who Never Slept tells the story of an insomniac writer who happens to meet a teenage girl online. What begins as merely a friendship develops into an unlikely love story wrapped in harsh reality. This film has received media attention from around the world for its open source release, its non-existent budget, and its edgy material. BWNS is a full length movie that anyone can watch, share, and even use in their own derivative works.
Reviews and Media Mentions
Filmmaker Solomon Rothman has released the trailer to his upcoming movie Boy Who Never Slept online. Both the trailer and the full-length film are being offered under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license. Rothman shot, starred in, and directed the movie, which centers on the friendship between an insomniac writer and a girl he meets online.
May 1st 2006
Mit Sicherheit ist das nicht der erste Film der komplett fürs Netz realisiert wurde, aber in Spielfilmlänge und mit CC-Lizenz kenne ich bislang sogut wie keine. Von Solomon Rothmans Boy Who Never Slept gibt es bislang zwar nur den – nicht ganz so aussagekräftigen – Trailer bei Google Video, aber in Kürze wird der gesamte Film mit Creative Commons Lizenz Online erscheinen. Und worum gehts:
Feb 5th 2006
Rothman’s film is unique in that there are very few films that allow there source files to be picked apart and used by people on the internet. Elephant’s Dream is an animated short from earlier this year that was made with all open source software. The finished product and the production files are available for view and use under Creative Commons. This film may have been this first of its kind.
Oct 8th 2011
Rothman recently wrote and produced the open source film project "Boy Who Never Slept." The open source movie industry has some obstacles to overcome, Rothman noted, but once it does, it will be a force that major movie studios will be forced to contend with.
May 10th 2007
For US$200, though, this is a pretty well-done production. There’s a number of different locations. Indoor and outdoor shooting, and some difficult subject matter to shoot (such as the video screens). He had to convince people to act in his film for free.
Free Software Magazine
Jul 12th 2006
One of the world's first full-length open-source movies, The Boy Who Slept, tells the story of an insomniac writer meeting a teenage girl online. Their friendship develops into an unlikely love story wrapped in harsh reality. The total cost of making the film: $200; number of online viewers so far: 4 million.
Grown Up Digital
Oct 3rd 2008
TSG: What did you use to shoot and edit the movie? For instance, camera type and model, and video editing software? SR: The movie was shot mainly with a JVC GR-DV3, an older consumer camcorder that use to retail for $1200, now you can pick one up on ebay for under $200.
Things Going Smoothly
Nov 4th 2006