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The Indie Film That Was Shot Right Under Mickey Mouse’s Nose

January 22, 2013 by Feature Film, Gossip

Steven Zeitchik at the LA times with an excellent piece about Escape From Tomorrow, a film by Randy Moore shot at the Disney theme parks without Disney knowing about it. Moore and company invented some innovative ways to run the set so they wouldn’t get noticed:

To make the movie, Moore wouldn’t print out script pages or shot sequences for the 25 days he was filming on Disney turf, instead keeping all the info on iPhones. This way, when actors and crew were looking down between takes, passersby just thought they were glancing at their messages.

Zeitchik writes that even though the movie was shot guerrilla style, it doesn’t look like it on the screen.

What’s remarkable about all this is that, in watching the film, one doesn’t get the feeling of a guerrilla filmmaking exercise. There are numerous wide shots, and scenes luxuriating in classic Disney images. It looks as if it was made with the full cooperation of the company, which of course it wasn’t.

For me, the best part of this story is that Moore isn’t thumbing his nose at Disney. He’s got nothing against the company at all. He just wanted to make a film.

Casting Lindsay Lohan

January 14, 2013 by Actors, Feature Film

A notorious, volatile, substance abusing, high profile actress. A porn star. An aggressive, twitter obsessed novelist cum screenwriter. A veteran Hollywood director in his sixties desperate for a movie. Combine all of the above with a micro budget of $250,000.00 and a rented Porsche.

What could go wrong?

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The Nominations

January 10, 2013 by Events, Feature Film, Hollywood

My favorite holiday in Los Angeles is on the 24th of February this year. The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theater. … Continue Reading

My 2012 End-of-Year List of One

Maybe you, like me, have a tendency to get stressed by all the top-ten lists that emerge at the end of the year. The lists are usually filled with books you must read, dishes you must try, restaurants you must visit, movies you must see. Rather than inciting enthusiasm for the possibility of adventure or entertainment, the lists often impart feelings of regret for all that that you could have experienced, but didn’t. Soon anxiety replaces your sense of loss because somewhere between number seven and three you decided you must pack it all in before the list writer deems you unworthy. If you’ve read all the way to number two you eventually toss the whole thing aside. “Fuck the list.” … Continue Reading

Speaking of Teaser Trailers – Sankofa

December 12, 2012 by Documentary, Feature Film

This came in from Kaleb Wentzel-Fisher.

It is both a sci-fi narrative and documentary. It features Spomeniks, monuments from the former Yugoslavia that were made popular by the photographer Jan Kempenaers.

The teaser is more of a look book than a trailer, but idea has some truly interesting potential.

They’ve got a Kickstarter campaign going for funding.

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Man of Steel

December 12, 2012 by Feature Film, Trailers

I’m far less confused about this trailer for Man of Steel than Jason Kottke. But then again I’m one of the twelve people who liked Singer’s Superman Returns.

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