No Animals Were Hurt, Peter Brinson's video biography of Alan Turing (the man who cracked the Enigma code), is available online, but it's very rarely complete. That's because Brinson, who teaches Interactive Media at USC, had made the amount of footage that's viewable entirely dependent upon how many people visit the movie's website. Each click reveals a single new frame, with 5000 required for the entire film to appear. After 5000 distinct clicks, the movie runs in its complete form for 24 hours, after which time the counter resets, and the process begins again.

According to Brinson, the process serves two purposes. First, it frustrates internet users who are accustomed to the instant gratification normally found online and, ideally, makes them aware of their expectations. Second, the hidden nature of the film both makes viewers curious about Turing's story, and also mirrors certain hidden aspects of that story, including his homosexuality. In addition, the project makes very concrete the interactive role that we, as audiences, play in completing visual media.

[via Filmmaker Blog]
categories Movies, Cinematical