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Occupy Wall Street: Can filmmaking website unify the movement?

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After three months of beta-testing, the new platform was unveiled Tuesday. Soon to come are complete editing banks and tutorials that teach users how to edit, splice, and mix images and sound.

“This is such an advance over the old way, it’s hard to explain,” says Lee Jon Taylor, considered one of Occupy L.A.’s best editors. “I used to have to call people and ask if they had any footage of this and that, and then get permission from them to access their hard drives. Some of them didn’t want to do that, and the process was so cumbersome.”

Mr. Taylor and Clapier say the advantages are a quantum leap over such current sites such as YouTube, because the clips can be longer, can be labeled and cross referenced more easily, and the individual shooter retains copyrights. 

“This is the first, truly free media,” says Taylor.

The new platform has been donated by Citizen Global, a Venice, Calif.-based firm that creates ways for businesses to communicate with their customers.

“[Citizen Global CEO] Steven Starr is betting his reputation on this as a true gift because he supports the movement politically, ideologically, and spiritually, “ says Occupy L.A. project coordinator, Jeff Vander Clute.

One of Citizen Global's existing applications has long been used by Hollywood film studios to put out pleas for various kinds of content footage, such as home movies and old photographs for use in major motion pictures.

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