Community-Based Moviemaking Takes Off: Drone Enthusiasts Unite to Create Rotor DR1

Moviemaker Chad Kapper sees the future of filmmaking as a new paradigm, where entertainment is created through a collaboration between artist and audience.

When the auteur theory was popularized in the early 1960s, the film director was elevated to a sacrosanct position. Any interference to a director’s vision—be it studio notes or test audience cards—was treated by auteurists as a betrayal of a work’s artistic soul.

These days, though, with social media allowing filmgoers to voice opinions directly to filmmakers, and crowdfunding turning movie fans into micro-producers, the paradigm is already shifting. But never before to the degree of Rotor DR1, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi film directed and executive produced by Ohio-based Kapper that premieres on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD on October 20 via Cinema Libre Studio.

The film, shot in and around Canton, Ohio, follows the adventures of a 16-year-old boy named Kitch (Christian Kapper, Chad’s son) and his autonomous drone, DR1, as they traverse the Rust Belt wasteland in search of the boy’s father. A deadly epidemic has extinguished most of the world’s population, and drones, originally programmed to provide medical aid, are now hunted for their parts and power sources.

Kapper first delved into the idea of community-collaborated entertainment in 2010 when he fused his two passions—moviemaking (he already ran a successful video production company) and radio-controlled aircraft—into a YouTube channel named Flite Test.

“I knew the type of content I wanted to see, but I also knew that I wasn’t going to be successful unless I made something other people wanted to see,” Kapper said. “On a forum called RC Groups, I said, ‘Hey guys, I have a production company and I want to make a show about our hobby. What would you guys like to see?’ Immediately, conversation started.”…

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