Crowdsourced Cinema



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on setCrowdsourced Cinema is a public art project of Northampton Community Television in which the community collaboratively remakes a famous film.

Each team is assigned a scene from the film to interpret creatively – it could be filmed with live action, animation, remix, puppetry, and other visual styles. The only rules are to follow the same action, dialog, and and total running time of a short scene without using copyrighted images or audio.

We also invite musicians, composers, and producers to participate in creating an original score to a randomly assigned section of the movie.

The final film will be stitched together and premiere at the Northampton Film Festival in the fall, broadcast on Northampton Community Television, and distributed on the web.


A “team” can be an individual or a group of people, open to all ages and abilities. You have until June 16th, 2017 to sign up to participate in Crowdsourced Cinema: Back to the Future.

You do not have to live in Northampton to participate, but Team Leaders will have to sign up for membership at NCTV, membership fee is optional.


Teams will be randomly assigned short scenes (1-4 minutes) via email by June 20th. We’ll send you the script and clips from the scene you are assigned for reference.

Please stick to the total running time of the scene you are assigned. Going over or under a few seconds is fine, but keep in mind your scene is a small part of a long movie. Make sure the beginning and end of your scene matches up closely to the original so it will transition nicely with the other scenes.



Be creative! We ask that you follow the script in terms of dialogue and action, but it will be more entertaining the more creative you get. You can shoot live action, use puppets, stop-motion, animation, whatever you think will be entertaining and fun!

Don’t have access to a DeLorean? Try a toy car. Check out some of the past Crowdsourced Cinema movies to get ideas.

No copyrighted images, logos, or music please. This includes the original soundtrack or dialog from the movie, please make sure you use your own audio.

If you are looking for music or sound effects, check out or or of course, make your own!



We’d prefer everyone to shoot Full HD 1920×1080 with a framerate of 24 frames per second. Shoot, Edit, and Export in the highest quality possible.

Most filetypes can be accepted, but we’d prefer an H.264 (.mp4) file in 24 frames per second. If you need any guidance with camera or export settings, please get in touch.

More information on exporting here:

**UPDATE: we have reached the maximum number of teams for this year’s film.

You can join our Facebook Group to connect with participating teams.


When you finish your scene or soundtrack piece, please make sure you open the file and make sure it plays back before you submit it!

Please name your video file “Scene#_LastName” so that we can easily identify where it goes in the movie!

Scene Submissions


Please name your audio file “Scene#_LastName” so that we can easily identify where it goes in the movie!

Soundtrack Submissions