THE STARTUP. A short film.

    The Startup

    Entries have now closed for the second challenge in iiNet’s search for Australia’s Top Geek. This means our hard work can now be made public. Check out the video below for my second entry. This time round the competition was to develop a TV show or movie. After the success of The Social Network, I decided to explore the different stages of a startup. Idea, Building, Launching, Expanding, Acquisition. Read the full plot below.

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    Its 2:30am, a man wakes from sleep with an idea that overcomes his thoughts, like a virus. An idea with potential to dramatically impact the world for the better. Rushing to get the idea on paper he scrambles for the nearest notepad. He takes that idea and builds it. Working tirelessly any spare moment he has to get the product ready for launch.

    Like an infection that spreads throughout his entire body it consumes him. Every aspect of his life is now engaged with this idea. Relentlessly he continues on, oblivious to the effect its having on relationships, work, or anything unrelated to the project.
    Releasing it into the world the baby is now born, so the real work begins. Customer acquisition, reliability, profitability, spiralling costs, he needs help, but doesn’t trust anyone to help.

    In almost a superhuman effort he continues to write, line after line, tweaking and refining, striving for perfection. Spiralling into world of isolation, he distances himself from the outside world; his only human interaction is online. Until..

    A phone call.. an acquisition attempt from one the biggest companies in the world.. the offer, $673 Million dollars.

    Some details about the video:

    • Project assets totalled 21.9GB
    • Filmed on Canon 500D – 720p/30fps
    • Time to create – 25+ hrs over the course of a week.
    • Created using Adobe CS5, 3DS Max
    • Music purchased from

    Check out some of the other competitor’s videos at iiNet’s YouTube channel.

    Jason Cartwright
    Jason Cartwright
    Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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