#Lights, #camera, #action! A film from the Twitter generation

A filmmaker uses Twitter to gather footage for a documentary on the Egyptian Revolution.

Where might you look for footage of the Tahrir Sqaure protests from a couple of months ago? Twitter, naturally.

Amr Salama, a documentary filmmaker is using the social media site to gather video of the Egyptian protests that led to the eventual resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

“The role of social media is to get everyone to know that we all share the same problems, we all share the same needs, we’re all asking for the same rights,” Salama told FastCompany.com in an article by Tim Carmody.

So far, he’s gathered more than 300 gigabytes worth of footage that’s floating around the Twitterverse, according to the article.

Salama isn’t sure whether using Twitter in filmmaking will catch on, Carmody writes, but does believe that it will be helpful for low-budget movies and amateur filmmakers.

More information about the documentary can be found here.


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