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World’s First Improvised Movie, Steve, Available Free of Charge on Youtube

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Toronto, Canada, August 01, 2008 --( Grand Slam Pictures announced today that it will make the improvised feature film Steve available free of charge on Youtube in 3-5 minute webisodes through August and September. To lure in viewers with a taste of the movie, Director Daniel Wilson has put the first 3 webisodes on Youtube on the ImprovisedMovieSteve channel at:

Webisode 4 will be available on August 1st, and the subsequent webisodes will be released every other day thereafter, so that the entire movie will be available by the end of September.

Wilson commented that “we’re pretty sure this is the world’s first improvised movie because the movie was created on the fly by the actors without any rehearsal or re-takes whatsoever”. Originally made several years ago, it received wide critical acclaim with the Toronto Star calling it a “seductive cinematic experience”, but it was never widely seen.

The complete movie will be made available for purchase on Oct. 1, 2008 as a high quality downloadable file. Wilson went on to say, “Youtube is a great mechanism for brand building, but the key for us filmmakers is to generate revenue so we can keep making our movies, and I am hoping this might be the right model.”

Steve grew out of an acting workshop in which Wilson selected the four best actresses and together they came up with the story premise, which is that all four women are dating Steve, and Steve asks each of them to move in with him and then he takes off for Mexico with their rent money. The story starts with the women showing up at the apartment on the first of the month.

Steve was shot over 4 days with Wilson and the actors all living in Wilson’s apartment. The creative guidelines largely followed Dogme95, with the added rules that there would be no rehearsals whatsoever, and no re-takes at all. The result was 27 hours of tape which Wilson cut down to a 100-minute movie.

Wilson concludes, “other directors like Mike Leigh improvise but for them it’s a completely different thing. They improvise before they shoot so when the camera rolls they actually have a fairly polished script. Not with Steve. The actors just made it up on the spot. That’s why I am pretty sure it’s the world’s first truly improvised movie. And that’s why I’m so happy we can finally put it out for the world to see.”

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