Joe Sumner: Synchronizing Crowdsourced Movies

Synchronizing Crowdsourced Movies
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While touring with his rock band Fiction Plane in 2010, bass player and vocalist Joe Sumner woke up one morning to discover 450 videos on YouTube of the previous night’s show in Lithuania. Uploaded by fans with mobile phones, the footage was mostly grainy, shot from awkward angles, and had horrible sound. But it gave Sumner an idea. “What if we could link all of these videos and make a compelling movie?” he remembers thinking.

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