Friday, March 5, 2010

William Shatner promotes new crowdsourcing website

Shatner Shills A Social Network For Sci-Fi Geeks

Erick Schonfeld
Friday, March 5, 2010; 12:27 PM

William Shatner will shill almost anything, and we love him for it. Now he is putting his promotional talents to work for, a social network for sci-fi geeks, gamers, animators, writers, and actors. In other words, people who couldn't get into MySpace. Actually, the site seems less like a social network than a way to crowdsource sci-fi movie and game projects. Depending on your specialty (animation, acting, writing, music) you register on one of six "planets." Projects are designated as different "starships," which recruit talent from the different planets. Shatner promises to monitor the progress of each crew, although it is not clear what that means or how they will be rewarded. If you are not groaning already at the stretched metaphors, Shatner explains how the whole thing works in this video which I nominate for the sorriest special effects anywhere. Watching the video, in which Shatner is trapped in a dorky spaceship on a barren moon, I can't help but think that inside he is screaming, "Khaaaaan!!" CrunchBase Information MyOuterspaceInformation provided by CrunchBase

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