Paulo Coelho’s Experiment in Film-Making

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho is conducting an interesting experiment in film-making on his My Space website at the moment. Coelho decided to make his first feature length film using short original film and music soundtrack submissions to his website. The film is based on his most recently published work ‘The Witch of Portobello’. From June 16th to July 25th, Coelho is conducting the competition to select the final 15 videos and 16 musical compositions. The submissions must be based on one of the book’s character narratives.

The winners of the competition will be announced on August 24th and publicity will be world-wide for the successful entrants.

The concept is highly inventive and very much reflects Coelho’s own philosophies of free speech and global awareness. It reminds me of some of William S. Burroughs cut and paste experiments of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The final film will be interesting viewing when it eventually appears.

You can find Coelho’s My Space page and further details at the following web address.

http://www.myspace.com/paulocoelho

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