Wednesday, July 30, 2008

OT: Filming Foundations

Most SF readers would recognize the title of my blog as homage to the second book in Asimov's 'Foundation' trilogy which tells the story of how a technically advanced colony called 'the Foundation' took on the might of the galaxy-spanning Empire ... and won. It doesn't take too much imagination to see the analogy in the computer industry.

Now Hollywood is making a film of the first book in the Foundation trilogy. Since Asimov's trilogy is actually a collection of short stories set in a galactic-themed 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' it will be a challenge to create a cohesive script, but I'm sure they have their Best People working on it.

Perhaps the Lotus marketing people could sponsor a few product placements in the film? I can imagine a Yellow flag flying over the Foundation Headquarters on Terminus or perhaps the fire control systems of the Imperial battleships could suffer from BSOD at critical moments.

What the heck... if we're going to do the multimedia thing then maybe I should drag out my copy of 'Group Wars' - a 20 minute Lotus Notes R4.6 vs. MS Exchange 4.0 Star Wars spoof made in the mid 1990s by the Australian Notes community - and dump it on YouTube. Someone please remind me to check the maximum size of a YouTube upload.

1 comment:

jmichael said...

Last time I checked, there was a 10 minute limit on videos. You need to be what youtube calls a Director to upload longer videos. But you can always split it into several parts.