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Streaming Web Watches As Director Preps Hollywood Flick

Movie buffs can catch a glimpse inside the creative process as director Christopher Coppola and a team of writers draft a movie script in 72 hours live over the Internet with a Webcam looking over their shoulders.

Streaming video will give movie buffs a glimpse inside the creative process as director Christopher Coppola and a team of writers draft an entire movie script in 72 hours live over the Internet with a Webcam looking over their shoulders.

The Webcast begins Friday at approximately 3 pm eastern time. The event will broadcast live from the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, via webcam at www.earsxxi.com. "We don't think this has ever been done before, and we've created a backbone to host the Webcast that's proprietary to us," said Sue Soffe, a spokeswoman for EARS XXI. "The backbone is virtual grid technology."

Coppola and writers Nick Paine, Jim “Grubb” Graebner, and Nick Johnson, will spend three days on this project, a process that typically takes months to complete. Coppola will direct the movie project titled BIG BAD VOODOO MOMMA for the state of New Mexico’s PAH-Flicks program. It's the first of several movies Ears XXI will shoot in New Mexico beginning early 2006.

The movie will be shot in high definition. Plaster City Digital Post, Ear XXI post-production facility, is tapeless and uses Apple technology and Final Cut Pro software to produce the movie.

Digital technology enables the new breed of filmmakers to shoot an average independent film in 16 days, and deliver it to an audience for a total budget of approximately $350,000.

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