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Bruce Springsteen and his music have affected the lives of his fans for decades. Now, a documentary about Springsteen wants to find out (and show) exactly what the star means to his fans, and it’s using crowdsourcing to help achieve its goal.
The documentary, titled Springsteen & I, will be directed by Baillie Walsh. It's set to come out some time in 2013.
“We want your most personal insights, abstractions and reflections on how Bruce Springsteen and his music has affected your life,” the request for submissions states.
The film’s producers, Ridley Scott Associates, had previously worked on the 2011 crowdsourced feature film Life in a Day, which asked individuals to submit footage taken on July 24th, 2010. That movie received generally positive reviews from film critics, and the producers will hope to build on their experience to create “the ultimate collective filmmaking experience” this time around.
The film’s creators are asking Springsteen's fans to submit pictures, footage, and narration of anything related to the rock star. All content has to be under five minutes in length (though exceptions may be made), and doesn’t have to specifically feature the musician or his tunes.
“We are searching for a wide variety of creative interpretations, captured in the most visually exciting way you can think of,” the submission form states, “whether you've been a hardcore Tramp since '73 or have heard one of his songs for the first time today!”
Submissions opened last Thursday and fans have until November 29th to upload their content.
Crowdsourced videos are becoming more common, though feature-length films are still somewhat new territory for crowdsourcing (with Life in a Day and Star Wars Uncut being notable exceptions). For Life in a Day, the director had to look through 4500 hours of footage. Given Springsteen’s gargantuan fan base, it’s not far fetched to expect even more submissions this time around.
The makers of a documentary about the Beatles also recently announced they're trying the crowdsourced approach, which you can read about here.