Movieclips is a website that is now in beta form. It features over 12,000 movie clips of various lengths in a range of genres. The web site is fully searchable within a number of parameters. These include character, prop, theme, mood, title, actor, actress, setting, dialogue, action, genre, and occasion. There are a number of Hollywood studios that provide support, as well as content, for this site.
Based in Santa Monica, California, MovieClips was launched in beta form in December 2009. This launch culminated over a year of research and uploading of clips to the site. It is a privately held company founded by two friends, one a former investment banker, and the other a former Los Angeles Film Festival director. Both of these men are avid movie buffs, and wanted to create a place in which all of their enthusiasm and energy about movies can be enjoyed. In June 2011, MovieClips raised $6 million, reaching $9.15 million in total funding.
MovieClips is unique in that it offers free clips, or short sections, of a vast array of movies. Anyone in throughout the world can access the site and its movie clips, share the clips with anyone via email, or embed them on their web page, blog, or other social media platform. Movieclips has procured multi year deals with the providers of content to ensure that the clips are free for many years to come.
There are convenient links on the web page with the clip. Because MovieClips is a web site that relies on revenue from ads, when a link is clicked to rent or purchase a movie through Movieclips, they get a portion of the money.
Although MovieClips does not plan to accept user generated material, preferring instead to concentrate on expanding its already extensive library of movie clips, the web site does offer a place to comment on the movie clips as well as to discuss them. The site also features a Clip of the Day with an archive of past Clips of the Day.
There are a number of unique features that set MovieClips apart from other sites that are similar. For one thing, because the site does not have any user generated material, all of the material is on the site legally, unlike some other sites.
The registration process is simple, requiring only an email address, password, password confirmation, a user name, and a birth date. There is also a spam blocker that literally asks if the user is human, and it requires inputing the correct two words into the field. Although MovieClips does not require registration to view most clips, those clips that are tagged as mature, do require that a user be registered in order to view, and comment, on them.
Because the site is funded through ad revenue, it is able to provide its content free to its users. The web site is clean looking with an uncluttered feel. When tested with high speed internet, all the movie clips on the site ran smoothly and were responsive almost instantly.
MovieClips welcomes suggestions for new clips via the Feedback button that is located on every page. MovieClips is clearly targeted for anyone who enjoys movies with special emphasis on those people who are serious movie buffs.
It is a useful site when trying to think of a movie with a particular piece of dialogue or actress and it can not be remembered. It is easy to find the movie just be searching for it using the robust search engine included on the website. The website will be one that users can come to and find the exact part of the movie that has a particular phrase, word, actor, or other important element, enjoy the clip, buy the movie if desired, then move on.
MovieClips promises to be the go to site for both serious movie buffs and the simply curious as well. With its focus on free content, and uploading as much of it as possible, the website has an exciting future ahead of it.