Remember those “choose your own adventure” books that were big in the 90’s? As of late, the idea was revived by brothers Kevin Antoine and Erik Luchauer with their new site ‘Rootclip.’
Only this time the idea isn’t for stories on print, but on video.
Rootclip is just one of those viral ideas that you wish you came up with. The concept has even been copied by Microsoft with their new Ultimate Video Relay contest. As brilliant as the idea sounds on paper, the actual act of getting others to contribute has proven to be trying.
Indie filmmakers are asked to continue the story in a short 60 second clip, but the problem is that scenes, actors, and props change every time a new producer gets involved. Winners get $500 for their winning chapter and grand-prize winners will be sent to the Traverse City Film Festival.
Apparently, this type of reward isn’t enough to get excited over. For chapter 3 there has only been one submission and there are only 4 days left to submit videos. For chapter 2 there were only 3 submissions, one of them being a Rickroll.
This is the first chapter where the story and characters are introduced. Sadly, it only currently has a total of 86 views on YouTube. After each chapter, filmmakers are allowed 10 days to continue the story. When all is said and done, the total story will be 12 minutes in length.