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Project Code Rush

Project Code Rush

Open source film

 

   

The Film

Code Rush.  The year is early 1998, at the height of dot-com era, and a small team of Netscape code writers frantically works to reconstruct the company's Internet browser. In doing so they will rewrite the rules of software development by giving away the recipe for its browser in exchange for integrating improvements created by outside unpaid developers.   The fate of the entire company may well rest on their shoulders.   Broadcast on PBS, the film capture the human and technological dramas that unfold in the collision between science, engineering, code, and commerce.

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The Project

Under the creative commons license .3, the producers of Code Rush, which
aired in 2000, are making available all the original footage shot for the
film, over 100 hours, along with searchable transcripts. Over the next few
weeks we will upload batches of footage to the web, with our encouragement
to other filmmakers and storytellers to use this material in their own
sharable projects.  We include the first six hours of footage, where
Netscape engineers come together to plot their release of the code

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A Few of the Characters You Will Meet Along the Way

Below are the names and pictures of some of the people who were at the heart
of this drama.  You will meet and see more people as we go along.

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The Extra Footage

We have finished uploading the entire catalog of tapes. At last count it is almost 100 hours of footage. Please forgive the roughness of the footage and the transcripts.  Such is the nature of verite filmmaking.  Please feel free to suggest any improvements to the process we are undertaking.  Within the limits of time and money we will do what we can to facilitate this experiment.  If you feel like supporting this effort, you can click on the donation button to the right.

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The Film

 

 

Creative Commons License
Code Rush by David Winton is licensed under a CC 3.0 US License. 
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available here
Viddler Annotations by Andy Baio

 

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