Cinema Next Inc. has created a multi-path live-action short film called “Dual.” The movie utilizes QuickTime and Flash technology to provide viewers with the ability to interact with the storyline and affect the main character’s final outcome, according to the producers.
Dual is a spoof of Steven Spielberg’s 1971 made-for-TV movie “Duel,” according to Cinema Next Founder and Executive Producer John Paul Flick. Duel was an action movie starring Dennis Weaver as a harried commuter who is terrorized by the driver of an eighteen-wheeler.
“The original is not only a jumping-off point, but a real symbol for innovation on a limited budget,” said Flick.
Cinema Next said that Dual incorporates a “DVD-like” interface that sports act bios, talent files and behind-the-scenes extras. The movie itself utilizes “video game-like” controls that enable users to make decisions about what will happen next.
Dual features actor Brent Triplett, who performed his own stunts. Dual also stars Parker Webb as his antagonist and actress Traci Dinwiddie, who will only appear in Dual if audience members make certain choices.
The feature was recently licensed to AtomShockwave Corp. Cinema Next said that Dual will be available for download later this summer. Dual is sponsored by software developer Pixels, who make Pixels 3D — a CGI solution for the Mac.