The Tunnel horror film free for all
I wrote about The Tunnel when I saw the first trailer back in January and I was thinking it just screamed of Blair Witch Project, and although I saw the trailer and read the blurb about the film I never heard the real story behind it. The film is financed by real people, by selling original frames of the film and making enough money to pay for it.
To add to that the film is now available online to download for free, and in high definition too, as a legal (yes I said legal) torrent. Buy a frame or more for a dollar a pop while you download the film, or watch it and buy as many as you'd think worth it, remember how much you'd pay in a cinema to see a film.
There's a great introduction to what is called The 135K Project on the official site which I think I'll just quote a few pieces from here:
The Internet was meant to be a tool to connect us. It was meant to break down borders and liberate. Now we have an entire generation who are being labelled criminals for using that tool. But perhaps rather than wasting millions of dollars fighting a losing battle against internet piracy, we should try and find a way to embrace the possibilities that this new world brings…
That's the thought that inspired this project. We believe that if we stop fighting the peer to peer networks, they could become the biggest revolution we have ever seen in the way we share entertainment and information.
After spending years being frustrated by what we saw as the movie industry's short-sighted and conventional outlook towards the online community, we decided it was time to try something different - The 135K Project was born.
This is where they thought of selling frames and posters, which are often sold after a film release to make more profit, to earn the money to make the film, and that they did, or are doing. One dollar a frame with ninety minutes of one hundred and thirty five thousand frames makes the 135K Project.
Now you can download The Tunnel for free online, and for all those who are leaping to grab the torrent straight away, think on this. The studios are watching. They need more and more evidence that they can work with the online distribution channels and by downloading and watching the film for free you aren't really sending them the message other than the Internet film audience are a bunch of freeloaders.
Let's break that message. Buy a few frames, get them home and frame them. Offer them some more money on their Facebook or Twitter feed to sign a piece of paper so you can add that to the frame too, or simply buy the hardcopy through their store. There's lots of ways you can show your appreciation. Even a single frame for a download would help and paying that for a full movie in high definition isn't a bad thing. Remember, it also sends a message.
Anyway, enough of that, let's get to the film. The Tunnel sees a film crew heading into the underground tunnels beneath Sydney's St James Train Station as the New South Wales government do a complete u-turn on the plan to utilise the water resources in this large underground tunnel complex, a sudden and unexplained move, so they head in to investigate why.
I wrote about the film before, and here's the trailer I had back then:
Looks good doesn't it? Well now you can get the whole film for free, but do buy at least one frame and help them pay it off and maybe make more.