ASOA's own site sums it up best:
"A Swarm of Angels reinvents the Hollywood model of filmmaking to create cult cinema for the Internet era. It's all about making an artistic statement, making something you haven't seen before.
Why are we doing this? Because we are tired of films that are made simply to please film executives, sell popcorn, or tie-in with fastfood licensing deals.
We want to invent the future of film. Call it Cinema 2.0.
To do it we need your help."
And need your help they (and indeed, we), do. As summarised by advisor Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing:
"The Swarm of Angels project will produce a £1,000,000 picture funded by 50,000 "angels" who each donate £25 and participate in script-doctoring, pre- and post-production, and promotion for the film. The Angels are being invited in batches -- first 100, now 1,000, next 5,000, 25,000 and 50,000. The 1,000 Swarm is still open, but filling up fast..."
We think this is an amazing idea and an incredible opportunity, to put it mildly.
The project is being masterminded by Matt Hanson, founder of One Dot Zero, filmmaker and author. Already on board is Grant Gee (director of the Radiohead documentary "Meeting People Is Easy", all-round music video genius and most recently Director Of Photography on the soon-come documentary about Scott Walker "30 Century Man"), and alongside Cory Doctorow as advisors are Tommy Pallotta (Producer of "Waking Life" and the much anticipated "A Scanner Darkly" ) and Warren Ellis (comic writer, graphic artist and creator of "Transmetropolitan" and "Global Frequency"). More team members will be announced as the project develops.
We think A Swarm Of Angels is a giant step towards a forward-thinking alternative system of movie production, and a mighty opportunity to show the combinable, combustible power of remix culture. And you can quote us on that.
If this is something that tickles your synapses, come along for the ride, it's going to be a good one :)
We'll see you there.