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Los Angeles, CA, United States, 2006/08/05 - WebcamMurder.com is not the most exciting newly-completed movie out there, admits its first time filmmaker.
But even writer/director/producer/set decorator Sondra Lowell harbored doubts that her feature about people who live their uneventful lives on Internet webcams could put an audience to sleep and give them a break from their otherwise stressful lives...
...until Joshua Kight of Georgia read about WebcamMurder.com on the Amazon.com website and volunteered to be the first member of the public to view this extraordinary film. Sondra mailed the DVD with some trepidation. What if her movie kept the audience awake? What if...
The catastrophic imaginings ended when first viewer Joshua emailed back a photo of himself and fthree other audience members in deep slumber. Gushed the accompanying note, “ As a movie, WebcamMurder.com’s merits are elusive! As a sleep aid, its effects are indisputable!” [Punctuation provided by the filmmaker]
“I nearly cried,” said Sondra. “It was exactly the result we were hoping for. After five years of editing and re-editing to obtain the exact mix of boredom and ennui to make a trip to dreamland inescapable, I had truly invented a new genre. Film Sleepy, movies that put the audience to sleep.”
While the filmmaker expects her own sleepless nights to pay off after this stunning first success, WebcamMurder.com is not out of the woods yet. Even on the WebcamMurder.com blog (WebcamMurder.blogspot.com), the methods used in first fan Joshua’s sleep experiment are being questioned.
“This is not empirical evidence, it is merely anecdotal,” pooh poohed subscriber DanielK, reprimanding that only video could prove whether the test subjects were in fact in Rapid Eye Movement sleep. “How do you know they’re not merely resting their eyes? Or blinking at the flash?”
Countered Sondra Lowell, “Non-rapid eye movement, or NREM, provides a state called deep sleep in which there is no eye movement and no muscle activity. Therefore, the still photo says it all. However, to quell any controversy that may arise, we plan to conduct further experiments.”
Actually, fan Joshua Kight remained awake long enough to set the self-timer for the picture of himself and fellow study participants. His review of what he saw before falling asleep: “I...sort of enjoyed it.” Which, for movies in the film sleepy genre, is high praise indeed.