If you’ve ever had a trawl through Kickstarter, as we do on a daily basis, you’ll know how hard it can be to find something worth your time. But we’re not sure we’ve ever come across something that sells itself quite like this project from disgruntled filmmaker Charlie Lyne. The London-based cameraman wants to raise funds for a film that consists solely of footage of white paint drying on a brick wall.
‘Why?’ we hear you ask. Well, Charlie has had some bad experiences with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and by law they will have to watch the whole thing if he submits it to them!
The BBFC was established over 100 years ago to ensure films remained free of certain things such as ‘indecorous dancing’, ‘references to controversial politics’ and ‘men and women in bed together’. Today, it continues to censor and in some cases ban films, while UK law ensures that, in effect, a film cannot be released in British cinemas without a BBFC certificate.
Each certificate costs around a solid £1000 for a feature film of average length. For the majority of independent filmmakers, that amount of money is just not available and they also don’t want their films censored.
So Charlie wanted payback. So he’s taken a single, unbroken shot of white paint drying on a brick wall and wants to submit it to the BBFC. The BBFC is required to sit through any film that has been paid for them to watch and they’ve confirmed to Mashable that they will indeed have to watch paint drying.
You yourself could be a part of the Paint Drying video by pledging on Kickstarter. Any money raised will go to the film directly, so while your donation will naturally get you a copy of the epic thriller, the amount raised will determine the length of the film. A £7 pledge will add a further 1 minute, while a £106 pledge will add 15 minutes of white wall.
If you want to check how long the film currently is after all the pledges, check out this Website. When we last checked, it had hit the 9 and ½ hours mark… Ouch.