Worldwide pants partners with red bull soundstage for first milestone in web-based film release
Audience-generated soundtrack CONTEST FOR PANTS PRODUCTION,
“WE MADE THIS MOVIE”
First-ever movie soundtrack created from new web platform; artists will compete to have their songs accompany film scenes, perform on The Late Show With David Letterman
Film premiere to feature free online streaming through distribution partner, SnagFilms
Worldwide Pants, which produces the Late Show with David Letterman, announced a partnership with Red Bull Soundstage, an innovative web-based music program that helps artists actively take control of their careers, to produce an online contest to create four songs for the soundtrack to the upcoming Worldwide Pants/SnagFilms independent film, We Made This Movie. As announced earlier this year, Worldwide Pants is partnering with online film distributor, SnagFilms for a fully Web-based film release. The film is directed by Worldwide Pants CEO Rob Burnett and co-written and co-produced by Jon Beckerman and Burnett.
The Red Bull Soundstage music contest is the first milestone in a series of Web-related events that will culminate in the free live streaming of the film’s premiere including online commentary, interaction with cast members and the producers and special appearances. Additional events, to-be-announced, will take place starting this summer and lead up to the premiere event.
For the soundtrack contest, Red Bull Soundstage will invite musicians to submit songs from April 18 to May 10. Through audience voting and producer selection, four songs will be chosen to accompany four scenes from the film, and an “Audience Choice” winner be selected to perform live on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” To learn more about the contest, including the four film scenes, please visit the Red Bull Soundstage website.
We Made This Movie is about five high school seniors set out to make a silly comedy movie, but accidentally end up making a dramatic and moving movie about their actual lives.
“The movie is about young filmmakers trying to break through, so we thought it would be cool to have a soundtrack by young musicians who have yet to be discovered,” said Beckerman. Added Burnett: “And as a bonus, our partnership with Red Bull Soundstage will enable us to introduce these great, untapped musicians to a wider audience, something David Letterman and the Late Show have been doing for three decades.”“
The soundtrack contest kicks off on April 19. It seeks music submissions from solo artists and bands that will compete to have their song included on the film’s soundtrack and have the opportunity to perform on the Late Show with David Letterman in September.
Eligible submissions will be entered into voting via a Facebook Voting Application; 25 artists will be selected for each of the four scenes via public vote, which will then be reviewed by the film’s producers and narrowed down to two finalists per scene. Producers Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnett will also select an additional four finalists per scene from the submissions – the more voting activity a song receives, the more likely it will be to grab the producers’ attention.
A total of 24 finalists will have their tracks set to their respective scenes, with final tracks chosen in June. In July, all 24 finalists will be entered into online voting for the overall “Audience Choice,” who will perform on the Late Show with David Letterman during the week of the film’s premiere.
We Made This Movie will premiere in New York City on September 20, with a red carpet event and simultaneous, free live streaming of all activities and the movie. The movie will then be available through multiple online film channels via distribution partner, SnagFilms.
“Our platform is dedicated to supporting independent filmmakers, and releasing films on new media. The partnership with Red Bull Soundstage and Worldwide Pants is a powerful extension for SnagFilms as together we can help launch the careers of aspiring musicians through this contest,” said Rick Allen, CEO, SnagFilms.
For submissions, official rules, and to follow the We Made This Movie soundtrack contest and vote, please go to the Red Bull Soundstage contest website. For all information on the We Made This Movie project, please go to the film’s website or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Worldwide Pants Incorporated is the Emmy-award winning, independent entertainment company that David Letterman founded in 1993. WPI creates original content for television and film, as well as for new media platforms including broadband and wireless. The company’s successful network productions include The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ed, and the Knights of Prosperity.
Red Bull Soundstage is an innovative music program that helps emerging artists actively take control of their careers. Through Soundstage, Red Bull and its partners and friends are hooking artists up with unique gigs, industry recognition and essentials to take their careers to the next level.
SnagFilms features free, sponsor-supported, on demand viewing of more than 3,000 award-winning, fiction and non-fiction titles from some of the greatest names in film. SnagFilms’ curated collection can be viewed on its own website, with a selection of films distributed via a digital network of more than 110,000 affiliated sites and webpages worldwide, including partners such as Comcast’s XfinityTV.com, Hulu, the Starbucks Digital Network, IMDb, AOL/Huffington Post, hundreds of non-profits, special interest sites and blogs — and with a broad range of titles available via its applications for tablets and connected TVs. SnagFilms also offers select titles via pay video on demand with partners reaching nearly 90% of U.S. video on demand households, including Comcast, iN Demand, Verizon’s FiOS, DIRECTV and launching soon on DISH Network. Digital platform partners include iTunes, Hulu Plus, Amazon, VUDU, Xbox Live, YouTube Movies, and launching soon on Samsung Media Hub.