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The film was shot in Ventura, CA with 50% of the footage using green screen, with the backgrounds inserted afterwards. Different versions of the film have been released using various Creative Commons licenses: which even allow future commercial usage of the content. Historically, there have been very few films released under such a license; and none that were created using this online style of collaboration. One example of collaboration in the filmmaking process for Jathia’s Wager is found in the “Universal Life-form” character in the movie. The actor was shot in a green screen studio in Ventura, CA; the voice came from a voice actor in the UK; and the special effects were redone 3 times after a flurry of exchanged e-mails. The result: people working together from different parts of the world to create a better original movie. This film was written and directed by, and is starring Solomon Rothman, an independent filmmaker who started the project after his first open source film (’Boy Who Never Slept’) had been seen millions of times. Jathia’s Wager originated as a 7 page concept script that was released online with the call to action: “anyone wanting to help make a no budget, sci-fi movie is invited to join the team”
Before production had started, Jathia’s Wager had already attracted international attention . Jathia’s Wager was created without almost no money, by people of all different backgrounds, many of which had never worked on a movie before; they just wanted to contribute for the joy of it. Rothman said this about the project: “The collaborative approach used to make this film is why this movie turned out to be a wonderful creative adventure, in spite of our filmmaking limitations and our lack of funds.