Let's Find Out What’s Beyond Infinity!

There’s a real Buzz in the air as the Crowdsourced Cinema project embarks on it’s 9th year of adventure and prepares to remake the animated Disney classic Toy Story over the summer of 2023. 
This community film project might not have a state-of-the-art animation studio, or even a slinky budget. The good news is we are all wealthy with imagination. Grab your favorite deputy and get ready to claw your way through the challenge of recreating an animated film with a team of living neighbors and family members, coworkers and co-conspirators. It’s playtime and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
The Crowdsourced Cinema project now runs in parallel in three geographic regions, in Western Mass, in Boston led by Brookline Interactive Group as Crowdsourced Boston and in Vermont led by the Media Factory as Crowdsourced VT. We’ll all be making our own remakes of Toy Story.

Each team (which is one or more people) signs up to participate in the project and are randomly assigned a one-to-three minute scene from the film. They have all summer to remake that scene. That remake can approach the scene in any format and teams are encouraged to be creative – they could be filmed with live action, remix, puppetry, or other visual styles. The scenes are stitched together at the end of the summer, color corrected, audio normalized, and we’ll all get together at the end to celebrate the premiere.

This will be the first time the public art project tackles source material that is animated in its original form and the intent is to encourage the teams of filmmakers who join us to translate scenes to live-action modes!

The Crowdsourced Cinema project now runs in parallel in three geographic regions: led in Boston led by Brookline Interactive Group as Crowdsourced Boston, in Western Mass by Northampton Open Media, and in Vermont by the Media Factory.

March 22, 2023
Film Announcement and Launch

Starting at 5:00 PM on March 22, 2023, you can officially register your team to recreate a scene from Toy Story! You will have all summer to create your one-to-four minute scene. Musicians can sign up to make original music for the soundtrack.

April 5, 2023
Signups Due and Discord Invites Sent Out

Sign up by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 5th!



You will then be invited to the project Discord and be able to chat will all the teams who have signed up, and to ask any questions of the Brookline Interactive Group staff before the creativity starts flowing. 

April 12, 2023
Scene Distribution Begins

On Wednesday, April 12th, we will start the process of assigning scenes to teams. Once you are assigned a scene, you can begin filming. Please stick to the total running time of your scene. 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.

August 1, 2023
Team Check-Ins

Throughout April and May, we will hold a series of open workshops on Zoom and at our Studio in Brookline. We hope these get the creative juices flowing so that by Tuesday, August 1, 2023 we can check in with you and hear about all the progress you have made in filming and editing your scene. We can troubleshoot together and find our way to infinity and beyond (or at least, to the next deadline).

October 20, 2023
Final Cuts Due

We will provide you with a link to upload your final scene so that it can be included in the full-length film.

November 2023
Film Premiere

The full-length, finished cut of Crowdsourced Boston Toy Story will premiere, at a screen near you!