Popcorn’s Amazing Potential

With the release of version 1.0 of Popcorn Maker, cinemakers welcome the first tool that has the potential to turn them into webmakers. The goal of Popcorn is shared across all the project’s channels since mid-2011: to bring video out of the box.

One question for cinema makers now become: how to turn web processes into cinematic compositions? For a time, softwares from Apple Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere and After Effects have helped computerize cinematic techniques. Techniques that were once crafted on film stock by film makers. Computer codes confined cinematic imagery from a certain era.

Now, with the web, cinema is bound to expand. With an application like Popcorn, what cinematic compositions can webmakers imagine within the web as platform? Moreover, what cinematic compositions can developers and designers imagine with Popcorn.js, the html/javascript framework running behind this cinema machine?

Aside from being a web cinema authoring tool, Popcorn development is driven by remix culture. Until now, the most vivid inspirations coming from such culture bloomed from music. From dub to hip-hop and electronic music, the remix of musical elements carries the potential for infinite regeneration of musical forms and aesthetics. Elements from the long history of music: beats, riffs and melodies always return into the mix. Even through sound sharing systems such as SoundCloud, music returns to its original bits.

To imagine cinematic compositions possible with web apps such as Popcorn, a return to the bits of cinema is needed. History of movies already guided the roadmap to Popcorn version 1.0. Cinema history and aesthetics can also drive imagination of future versions of the Popcorn.js Javascript library and Popcorn Maker plugins.

  • What Popcorn Javascript’s module can Hitchock’s fade-ins/fade-outs inspire?

  • What compositing techniques from Méliès could help compose live feeds from the web?

  • What imagination could Pasolini and Tarkovsky contribute to the development of connected cinema?

  • Remix culture can communicate by echoing cultural commons. With collective cinematic memories guiding web development of the Popcorn platform, an amazing potential opens for all cinema makers to turn into web makers. Remix culture can create new cinematic interactions by revisiting the core elements of cinema. With Popcorn exports to web codes building those cinematic compositions, cinema makers become web coders. And that’s amazing! image sources: street photography by Alex Coghe +++ trip to the moon by George Mélies
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