The dotmatrix project is my brother’s idea. But the concept is so much bigger than one person. The music is what gets all of us together. The bands, photographers, filmmakers and the crowds. This time word has to take a backseat to music, because that is what bonds us.
The concept. Simple.
The execution. A bit more difficult.
The results. Very cool.
The band gets a live album cut from the board mixed with a few live mics. The filmmakers get to edit together a live music event. As far as what to expect it all depends on the filmmakers and bands. They can shoot a live performance or they can collaborate with the band and shoot a concept for a music video . We are always looking for filmmakers to join in the project.
Sean is working hard to get these videos noticed and has worked out a deal with The Carousel Grande Theater, a local theater in Greensboro, NC. Check out what Sean and Robert McHone (Co-owner of Carousel) have worked out.
Before every film is shown in the Bistro section of the theater, Carousel Cinemas will show one dotmatrix project music video in its entirety. Yes, that includes the film/editing credits for participating filmmakers (you do the math as to how many people in Greensboro will see that).
Before each mainstream film in the front of the house, Carousel Cinemas will show a 20 second trailer of the dotmatrix project. And it won’t be the kind of ad that makes you groan at a movie — we’re talking about seeing your neighbors doing something cool that you can be a part of too.
The cross promotion is phenomenal. The on-line resource groups that Sean has created are so user friendly I can see this being useful for so many projects.
- Basecamp – to follow project goals, milestones and to do lists.
- Google Groups – to inform the involved members
- Google Calender – to set dates
- Facebook – is a great place to find out who is playing and follow along with new videos and pictures uploaded
- Last FM – Another great place to listen to the live album on-line and see all the photos and videos, plus sign up with that band and explore new bands that are similar.
- Vimeo – The coolest video site in which allows full blown HD video. We upload all the videos to this site and you can subscribe to The dotmatrix project channel.
- Flickr – We have a flickr group with all the pics taken from all the shows.
- The Dotmatrix Project Home – This is Sean’s blog about music, collaboration and news about progressive thinking and some amazing ideas and criticism.
If there are any filmmakers interested in shooting a show (one song per band) and want to be a part of this project hit me up.