'The Quantum Project' hits the Web
May 5, 2000
The first movie made exclusively for distribution on the Internet has been launched. The Quantum Project, say its makers, "is about quantum physics, the World Wide Web, and spiritual mystery." The film tells the story of Paul Pentcho, a physicist played by Stephen Dorff, and his exploration of the quantum universe. The $3 m movie also stars Fay Masterson and John Cleese, and combines live action with extensive computer and 3-D effects.
The 32-minute film can be downloaded from Sightsound.com. Viewers are charged $3.95 to view it for up to five days, with a higher charge for permanent downloads. The film's makers, Metafilmics, are hailing The Quantum Project as "every bit as groundbreaking as The Jazz Singer", the first film to include speech.
"We feel this is the latest example of the clear viability of the Internet as a safe, secure and quality viewing experience for filmed entertainment," said Scott Sander of Sightsound.com. However, the film crashed PhysicsWeb's browser when we tried to view it earlier today.