Edited by Capt.Video, 25 April 2006 - 03:54 AM.
Bowfinger and Living In Oblivion
Posted 25 April 2006 - 03:53 AM
Posted 25 April 2006 - 01:10 PM
They always had the viewfinder bent up at an angle when they looked through it. I had one of those lenses in the dark past, and the finders weren't orientable, so the actors were seeing nothing but black as they pretended to look through the camera. Looked pretty cool, though.
I remember reading somewhere that the "Chad Palomino" character was a thinly disguised version of Brad Pitt, based on the director's experiences with Pitt on his previous movie.
Also, it was the first time I'd seen Peter Dinklage (as the dwarf brought in for the obligatory indy-film dream sequence), who was so wonderful in "The Station Agent."
Posted 25 April 2006 - 03:32 PM
This is one of my favorite films about a filmmaker trying to make a film, the other one is Living In Oblivion. Does anyone else other than me feel like they're living one of these films?
"Living in Oblivion" was hysterical, and I can relate to every character and situation in that movie. But you have to notice that their production goes so badly because no can really do their job -- at some point in your career you get past this (at least most of the time).
There are many other "industry" films that are a must see; The Big Picture, The Player, Swimming With Sharks, Ed Wood... just off the top of my head.
A good spoof not of filmmaking, but rather of badly made films, is The Lost Skeleton of Cadavera.
Posted 25 April 2006 - 11:14 PM
Posted 26 April 2006 - 03:32 PM
There was also a Doc. American Movie: The Making of Northwestern about Mark Borchardt who worked at a funeral home and his half junkie / simi musician friend that make a 30 minute horror film called "Covent". It's a great little doc. every filmmaker should see about how a not so smart guy with a limited amount of talent persiverers and gets his film made. It's actually kinda inspirational.
The film within the film was actually called "Coven" (sorry no "umla" on the keyboard). I've heard that's it actually not the worst thing ever made, but who knows.
"Lost in La Mancha" about Gilliam's failed attempt to make "Man of La Mancha" by Don Quixote is actually pretty damn entertaining and somewhat painful to watch, from a filmmakers POV.
Posted 09 May 2006 - 02:56 PM
Coven in my opinion was mildly amusing, but mostly terrible and highly overrated.
Siskel & Ebert liked it, so it took on this sort of legitimacy of being an "art film" or whatever after that, but really it's just a documentary about this guy who is a total loser dumbass, who is so stupid he can't even see what an idiot he is.
Watching this movie was much like watching the Funniest Home Videos type shows, where you see these morons with mullet hairdo's doing stunts with their 4-wheel drives, that so obviously go bad, and you're thinking "can't these guys see how moronic they are?"
Posted 09 May 2006 - 05:21 PM
Look for the foreign Cinematographer who's constantly rambling on about his special "bread filter".
Posted 09 May 2006 - 06:53 PM
Posted 22 June 2006 - 02:33 AM
Even wierder when extras try and act the part. At the climax of 24, season 2, they had a bunch of extras playing video reporters. On the DVD you can see the director getting a mite annoyed as most of the crowd clearly cant point a camera to save their life.