Two of Hollywood’s big name directors, Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, have debuted their first work designed for the Web at CountingDown.com, using QuickTime.
Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List,” “Jaws,” and a bazillion more) and Howard (“The Grinch,” “Apollo 13”) will offer video shorts that will stream exclusively through Apple’s QuickTime technology in the new “Theater” portion of CountingDown.com.
Howard is the creator and executive producer of the series. The first two shorts will feature a personal introduction by each director followed by a voice-over narration. PDI DreamWorks, the feature animation house, produced the first two shorts in the series using Flash animation, Apple’s Final Cut Pro editing system, and Apple’s QuickTime technology, according to CountingDown.com co-founder Tim Doyle.
Howard and Spielberg’s Dreams are the first of several short movies in the series to be posted on CountingDown.com that will feature Hollywood celebrities. Over 70,000 people have logged-on and signed-up for the “Dreams” experience. If you’re interested go to the
CountingDown Web site or
Apple’s QuickTime site. To view the Theatre content, you’ll need the QuickTime media player, which is also available at the QT site.
At CountingDown.com, specialized “countdowns” offer news, bulletin boards, chat, production information, photos, trailers and links.