The 1 Second Film

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The 1 Second Film
The 1 Second Film flier
Directed byNirvan Mullick
Produced byCollaboration Foundation[1]
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States
BudgetUS$1 million (intended)

The 1 Second Film is an American non-profit collaborative art project being created by thousands of people around the world, including many celebrities.[2]

The film is built around one second of animation (made of 24 large collaborative paintings), and is followed by 1 hour of credits, listing everyone who participates. A feature-length "making of" documentary will play alongside the credits.[3]

The project allows people around the world to participate online, and lists everyone who joins the crew as "Special Thanks" in the film credits.[4] The production relies on crowd funding to raise the budget; everyone who donates or raises US$1 or more gets their name listed as a Producer in the film's credits.[5][6] The production also gives a Publicist credit to crew members who refer at least one friend.[7] The film currently[when?] has over 56,000 crew members from 158 countries.[1]

The 1 Second Film is the flagship production of The Collaboration Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization formed to create global collaborative art projects that address various social issues. Once finished, any profits raised by The 1 Second Film will be donated to the Global Fund for Women, an independent charity.[citation needed] The online community being formed by The 1 Second Film project will be able to participate in future Collaboration Foundation projects.[citation needed]

In 2016, the director, Nirvan Mullick, posted an update on the project, stating it had been dormant, being put on the "back burner" in 2012, but he plans to continue it.[8] By January 2019 the project's website was offline entirely due to a database corruption.[9][better source needed]


Participants paint one frame of The 1 Second Film's animation during a party.

The title of The 1 Second Film derives from the fact that the animation at the core of the film project is just one second long (24 frames). The animation consists of 12 large frames (9 ft x 5 ft paintings). The frames were painted by hundreds of people during a multi-disciplinary event on March 8, 2001 (International Women's Day) at California Institute of the Arts. The event included live-performers and musicians; people attending the event were invited to help paint the frames of animation. Each frame had an art director that engaged the audience as participants; color design for the animation was selected by Jules Engel. Each of the 12 paintings is filmed twice (on 70 mm film) to create the 24 frames in one second of film.

The one second of animation will be immediately followed by an estimated one hour of end credits. Alongside the credits will be a feature-length documentary on the creation of the artwork.[10]

The film is being crowd-funded by public donations.[11] Donors receive a Producer credit in the film for a minimum of US$1.00 (with no maximum). Producers get listed in order of amount donated, which has led to the general public outbidding many of the celebrity producers to get a top billing.[citation needed]

Project history[edit]

The 1 Second Film began as a student project by Nirvan Mullick in 2001 while at California Institute of the Arts. The director set out to create a collaborative art project that would bring his school together, and later expanded the project after the success of the initial event.[12] Seed funds for the animation painting event came from a US$1,500 CalArts Grant, an additional US$3,000 was raised by selling producer credits for donations of US$1 or more. In 2004, after graduating and finishing two other animated short films, the director began fundraising to expand The 1 Second Film project by selling US$1 producer credits on the streets of Los Angeles. After raising enough to buy a video camera, the director began to document the fundraising process to include as part of a documentary about the project. In 2005, after getting several celebrities to donate, the director launched a petition drive along with the help of Stephen Colbert to get the credits of The 1 Second Film listed on the Internet Movie Database. In March 2005, IMDb began listing the credits.[13] The IMDb listing helped the project to grow online. In May 2006, a video of several high-profile celebrities donating to The 1 Second Film was featured on the homepage of YouTube, helping the project raise over US$7,000 in four days. In 2007, the project's first automated website was built to give community profiles to all participants, allowing for the project to scale up.

IMDb controversy[edit]

The director of The 1 Second Film submitted the celebrity producer credits of The 1 Second Film to the Internet Movie Database. After being rejected, the director sent a link to a video of Stephen Colbert requesting his US$11 producer credit be listed on IMDb. IMDb then began to list all of The 1 Second Film's credits,[14] including unknowns who donated US$1 or more to the project online. Thousands of people began to discover the film title under the production credits of the various celebrities involved. The project spread online, attracting donations from around the world. Several celebrities also donated online, including Jonah Hill and Ryan Reynolds. The IMDb listing reached over 3,000 producers. However, due to the high volume of submissions, IMDb replaced all of the film's individual producer credits with a single credit for "Producers of The 1 Second Film."[15][16] The entire project was then removed from IMDb. Jon Reeves, head of data acquisition at IMDb, released a statement calling the project a "performance art project (rather) than an actual film".[17]

Celebrity producers[edit]

A variety of celebrities have donated to become producers of the project. Producers include:[citation needed]

Contributors also include YouTube CEO Chad Hurley, YouTube stars including iJustine and Brookers, as well as Kyle MacDonald from One red paperclip.


  1. ^ a b The 1 Second Film official website
  2. ^ Celebrities. The 1 Second Film. Retrieved on 2013-10-03.
  3. ^ No byline (2004-11-22). "Mini-moguls Get One Second of Fame", Brandweek 45 (42): 34.
  4. ^ Special Thanks (free). The 1 Second Film. Retrieved on 2013-10-03.
  5. ^ Schaefer, Glen. "Big deal about a really short film; L.A. animator's one-second film gets big backers for only $1", The Province, 2007-07-12, p. B4.
  6. ^ "One-second movie offers cheap fame to 'producers'", Windsor Star, 2007-07-13, p. C8.
  7. ^ Publicists. The 1 Second Film. Retrieved on 2014-11-09.
  8. ^ 1 second film on Facebook
  9. ^ [1] Reply to Facebook comment retrieved on 2019-03-27
  10. ^ Bridges, C. A. "Me and Christina Ricci, we got this project together". Daytona Beach News-Journal Online. Archived from the original on 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2006-11-04.
  11. ^ Monsalve, Frederico. "Industry", The Sunday Star-Times, 2005-06-19, p. E5.
  12. ^ Aldrich, Victoria. "1 Second Film taking months to make", The Daytona Beach News-Journal, 2006-11-17, p. S3.
  13. ^ "The 1 Second Film: The Production". Retrieved 2006-11-04.
  14. ^ "Re: THE 1 SECOND FILM should be listed". IMDb Boards: Contributors Help. 2005-02-03. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  15. ^ Producers of the 1 Second Film at IMDb
  16. ^ "Why did IMDb remove thousands of our producers?". The 1 Second Blog. 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
  17. ^ "Re: 1 Second Film – still eligible?". IMDb Boards: Contributors Help. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-05-24.

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