Friday, 9 October 2009

FFL Reborn

It's odd, but I don't think I ever really talked about the Fantasy Film League on this blog.

The FFL was a site run by some friends that I first got involved with in around 2001 or 2002. I'm not sure exactly when, my memory is fuzzy. It was an online game, something like a fantasy sports league, where you pick a team (in this instance, a director and some actors) and their 'performance' (i.e. appearance in the box office ratings) would earn you virtual money. At the end of a season the winner of the league won a huge bunch of kudos.

It was Mr Birch and Mr Smith's big idea. Mr Wilson and Mr Estall helped them run it and after a while I came on board to help write articles and film reviews and to get up at 4am every few Saturdays to take part in Online Tonight, a San Francisco-based radio show hosted by David Lawrence (now best known as The Puppeteer in Heroes).

I love movies, but I've never been a real film geek and I certainly don't go often enough, but it was great fun writing DVD reviews and talking about the UK and US box office top ten on a nationally syndicated US radio show.

It all died in May 2006 when everyone's work commitments made it impossible to continue. I think that some tinkering with the format of the game also alienated some of the fans.

Well, now the FFL is being resurrected. The site is back up (along with a presence on Facebook and Twitter) and Mr Smith is working on a new, faster, shinier and (most importantly) more automated game engine. All the old team are back on board. I've already written a review which is up on the (as yet unfinished) site, and Mr Birch and I have recorded an inaugural podcast - very much a dry-run, pilot sort of affair. Hopefully, November's podcast will be available to the world on iTunes.

If nothing else this should act as a push to force me to go to the cinema more often; something that MLYW and I have been trying to do for ages.

1 comment:

chux said...

I'm going to have to have a go at this next year, its defo my sort of thing.

Oh, only next week and its the Stags bash! Looking forward to it. Got an idea for the wedding to run by ya when I see you. Can't say much now...hush hush and all that!

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