Hollywood and Silicon Valley have always had an intense, complicated relationship. While the moguls who run the film studios watch jealously as all the investment capital flows to the startups, the geeks watch jealously as the fame and accolades are lain at the feet of the stars.
Let’s imagine a scenario where the geeks were the ones developing storylines, storyboarding scenes and giving the green light to movie projects they would like to get made.
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The Fugitive Starring Julian Assange
Tagline: “Guardian of the truth. Wrecker of international relations.”
Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing site Wikileaks, is forced to become a fugitive to protect his life, and the truth. Fighting extradition for sexual assault charges, and hiding from governments for releasing sensitive US diplomatic cables, Julian becomes a fugitive and hero for seekers of the truth.
Dude, Where’s My iPhone?
Tagline: “I went drinking with Gray Powell and all I got was a lousy iPhone prototype”
Gray Powell, an Apple software engineer, wakes up one morning from a night of partying and cannot remember where he put his prototype iPhone 4, which prompts him on a perilous journey to find it. Battling a massive hangover, and spurred on by an unhappy boss of a mega corporation, Gray races around the clock to find the phone, before it ends up in the hands of the evil Gizmodo gang.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean Bay
Tagline: “The Pirate Bay is more like sugar – it’s bad for you but you can’t stop using it.”
We follow the misadventures of Gottfrid, Peter, Carl and Fredrik as they captain the world’s most resilient bittorrent site, The Pirate Bay. Cheered on by the rebel hoards, high adventure and hi-jinx ensue as our modern day Robin Hoods battle to keep The Pirate Bay running, despite pressure from the evil Swedish police and money grubbing international music companies.
The Fantastic 4chan
Tagline: “…lunatic, juvenile… brilliant, ridiculous and alarming.” – The Guardian. “Watching this will melt your brain” – Gawker.
Enemies of the Church of Scientology and originators of some of the worlds biggest memes such as lolcats, and rickrolling, The Fantastic 4chan is a gritty look into the anarchy, lawlessness, obscenity and vindictive campaigns championed by the super villains of the internet. All hail moot. Rated R.
Isaiah Mustafa: The Spice Who Shagged Me
Tagline: “The movie your next movie could be like.”
Hello Ladies, how are you? Fantastic. Does the RomCom you’re watching star Isiah Mustafa? No. Can you do anything about it? Yes, you can. Shot over three days in Portland, Oregon The Spice Who Shagged Me, follows the man of your dreams as he stars in the fastest growing online viral video campaign ever, garnering 6.7-million views after 24 hours, ballooning over 23-million views after 36 hours. So, what are you waiting for? Swan-dive, into the best movie of your life.
Ex-Men: The One Night Stand
Tagline: “A education beyond the classroom: excelling in the realm of mutant horizontal academics.”
Karen Owen is a powerful mutant. With her supernatural abilities to lure male mutants with extraordinary physiques, social credibility and sports abilities into her bed, she studies their strengths and weaknesses and writes it all down in her journal. This knowledge makes Karen a formidable member of the mutant community, but on one fateful day, the journal entrusted to her apprentice leaks out to the world, rendering the subjects of her thesis vulnerable and open to ridicule and attack.
The most sensual and provocative movie since Basic Instinct, Ex-Men takes a look at how the leak effects the 13 mutant subjects as they struggle to stay relevant in a world where everyone knows the extent of their abilities.
The Tweets Of San Francisco
Tagline: “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make this movie look like an overnight success”
Dorsey is the street-smart veteran software developer, Williams is the street-savvy entrepreneur, and Stone is the charming, well-spoken ladies man. The Tweets Of San Francisco takes an in-depth look at the inception of social media phenomenon, Twitter and the startup culture of San Francisco.
Stux On You
Tagline: “Brothers. Stick. Together.”
The USA and Israel are twin brothers, who not only share a passion for economic and military strength, but also various bilateral relations. Thanks to their teamwork, being conjoined twins is not a handicap to them. But, when the USA’s dreams of world domination and Israel’s sales of sensitive security equipment and technology to China clash, there is a big fall out. The two brothers attempt to rekindle their relationship by creating the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program intended to wipe out a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and help delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms.
Above the RIM
Tagline: “The hardest part of winning is keeping governments happy.”
The story of a promising smartphone maker and its relationships with two wealthy countries, the United Arab Emirates – a federation of seven Arab emirates – and Saudi Arabia – a monarchy occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula in southwest Asia. The assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai by the Israeli Special Operations group, Mossad, leaves the future of RIM’s smartphone in the Middle-East in turmoil, as governments become increasingly concerned about BlackBerry encryption technology that aid terrorists in conducting covert operations.
Tagline: “A buoyant hymn to life, and a game to celebrate.”
A Finnish teen who grew up in the slums, becomes an employee of the Finnish computer game developer, Rovio. During a team meeting in which new game proposals are reviewed, events from his life history are shown, which explain why his idea for new game, Angry Birds, will be the game that puts the company on the map.
“Appstore millionaire” follows the life of Jaakko Iisalo who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole team watching, he is just one question away from proposal approval and a game that would be downloaded a staggering 12 million times. But when the team breaks for lunch, Jaako is pulled aside and interrogated. How is this kid so sure of success? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jaako tells the story of his life. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to his development of Angry Birds.
The Art Of WarCraft
Tagline: “Q. Who is your foe? A. Sleep deprivation.”
Spanning 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of playing World Of Warcraft, The Art Of War Craft is the definitive work on MMORPG gaming strategies and tactics. The chapter “Weaknesses and Strengths” explores the dangers of gaming addiction through the case of a 15-year-old Swedish boy that was playing Wrath of the Lich King when he suffered what appeared to be an epileptic seizure, brought on by sleep deprivation, lack of food, and the prolonged period of concentration playing the game.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy S
Tagline: “Don’t panic.”
Everyone has bad mornings. You wake up late, you stub your toe, you burn the toast…but for a company named Samsung, this goes far beyond a bad day. When the dev team learns that a friend is using one of its own application processors, the ARM based S3C6400, they are being killed in smartphone sales before they even knew the iPhone hit them. And as if that’s not enough, throw in humiliation in tablet sales, dominance of the American market and consumer mind share, and you’ve got the greatest adventure in the technology world.
Samsung sets off with a troop of characters including Marvin, the Android from planet Google as they set out to discover the meaning of life, and eventually, success in mobile sales with the Galaxy S.
Google The Dragon
Tagline: “The first American produced technology spectacular!”
A technology company agrees to liberate the citizens of a communist country by using its invitation to host is services as cover. Will Google’s decision to stop censoring its Chinese search engine cause a breakdown of Beijing’s political firewall or will it merely mean the end of its China-based service? Watch as these formidable opponents battle it out in a deadly tournament where only the winner will make it out alive.
Tagline: “640K ought to be enough for anybody.”
William Henry “Bill” Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, author and chairman of Microsoft. Consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people, Gates is one of the best-known and admired entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Star Gates takes a biographical look at the life of Bill Gates and the Windows operating system that created a wormhole, enabling personal computing with devices running the same operating system located cosmic distances away.
Tagline: “Buckle-up for a nightmarish hell ride.”
With his cohorts Nilay “The Law” Patel, and Paul “The Kid” Miller, Joshua Topolsky is a cybernetic journalist who leads a band of rebel technology troubadours. Gods to hoards of techno philomaths, this troop of heroes fight mediocrity in the technology industry by telling it like it is, and defending Engadget, from the onslaught of their mortal enemy Mike “Claw” Arrogant and his legion of demon trolls.
Watch as Josh romances the delectable Miss June with gadgets and mega joules of charm. Be thrilled as Nilay lays down the law, and be dazzled as Paul gets the gang out of dangerous situations with his mammoth vocabulary.
Honey, I Shrunk The Computer
Tagline: “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
Steve Jobs is your average “nutty scientist”, working with his mates at the mysterious Apple corporation. One dark and stormy night, Steve has an epiphany, and with some tinkering the problematic, prototype miniaturisation machine suddenly buzzes to life shrinking a video camera, camera phone with text messaging and visual voicemail, a portable media player, and an Internet client with e-mail, web browsing, and both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Steve assembled the parts into an amalgamation he dubbed, “iPhone”. The film takes a look at the life of Steve Jobs, the brilliant and legendary American business magnate and inventor.
6 Tweets Under – The Story Of The Mandela Death Hoax
Tagline: “Reports of his death, were greatly exaggerated.”
Nelson Mandela woke up on the morning of January 17th, 2011 to find out that he was deceased, only, not really… A gripping story about the origins and aftermath of Mandela’s death hoax, 6 Tweets Under explores the viral nature of hoaxes on social media platforms such as Twitter. What began as a simple tweet – “RIP Nelson Mandela” – about receiving Blackberry Messenger messages of Mandela’s “death”, quickly escalated into a trending topic throwing the online community and news media into a tizzy. The source of the original BBM message that started the hoax remains a mystery…