A web film is a film made with the medium of the Internet and its distribution constraints in mind. This term aims to differentiate content made for the Internet from content made for other media, such as cinema or television, that has been converted into a World Wide Web-compatible format. Web films are a form of new media.
There are broadly three forms of films that can be encountered on the Internet:
|Traditional Promotion||A digitised version of films shot with the same production methods and technology used for TV/Cinema.||Often 35mm or high definition digital footage. (Usually highly compressed when on web.)||Cinema Trailers online, for example the trailer for Lord of the Rings |
|Films Not Made for, but Distributed Via the Internet||A film taking advantage of the Internet for distribution.||Often large files and/or designed to be downloaded not streamed. Highly compressed versions of pirated films.||The short film 405 The Movie |
|Web Films||Films made with the medium of the Internet and its constraints in mind.||Made in harmony with Internet & computer technologies such as streaming or Flash or After Effects.||The short film 'Distance Over Time' |
Notes and references
- Kronschnabl, A & Rawlings, T, "Plug In & Turn On: A Filmmakers Guide to the Internet. London:Marion Boyars. 2004. http://www.plugincinema.com/plugin/about_us/plugin_book.htm
- 'The Lord of the Rings' trailers can be found at – http://www.lordoftherings.net
- '405 The Movie' can be found at - http://www.405themovie.com
- The film 'Distance Over Time ' can be found on plugincinema.com - http://www.plugincinema.com/plugin/plugin_cinema/index.htm#f28
- web-film.at - website about web film-making and web film production
- plugincinema.com - website about web film-making
- pluginmanifesto.com - a manifesto for web film-making
- webfilmtheory.com - PhD - thesis devoted to Webfilm Theory
-  - Example of parody film published on YouTube by amateurs.
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