Project Greenlight: Season Three (merged)

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  1. Adam Portrais

    Adam Portrais Stunt Coordinator

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    Saw the first episode via AOL's streaming downloading thingie. Pretty good. My problem is that in my crappy little town, the cable company doesn't carry Bravo. I pay about $70 a month for the whole digital cable and yet still no Bravo. If it was still HBO at least I could pay for it but if they don't carry the station it's on...nothing you can do about it. And my apartment complex doesn't allow satilites. Okay, time to resume looking for a bittorrent.
     
  2. Jason Walstrom

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    That's cool. Glad to see that Wes Walked the Walk after Talking the Talk about that script! [​IMG]
     
  4. TravisR

    TravisR Studio Mogul

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    During the episode, I thought that if the 'losers' could get that close to winning, they must be able to sell their script to somebody. Guess I was right. And it's good to see Craven was there for the right reason of making the best movie too.[​IMG]
     
  5. Adam Lenhardt

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    And the great thing is, Jason's probably right. Having Wes Craven's support outside of the PGL constrictions means that "Wildcard" has a chance of getting a pro director and a realistic budget.
    "Feast", by comparison, gets neither. It was the script I was least interested in of the three. Fortunately, the only director with an involving short got the job. The anti-social aspect does scare me, however. Hopefully PGL will change him rather than vice-versa.
     
  6. Chris

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    Yeah, the director had the best look in his short, the most potential talent.. but like they said.. highest risk by far.
     
  7. Patrick Sun

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    I finally watched the premiere season 3 episode, and the tension is already apparent. You have to wonder if Damon was so disgusted that he and Ben just held out until the project was stuck with Gulager just so the show would have a lot of exasperation built into because of Gulager's lack of communication skills and a production team that needs specifics to get their jobs done.
     
  8. MickeS

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    Can't wait for episode 2! The choosing of a script they all deemed sub-par and a director they all thought was terrible socially creates good drama at least. [​IMG]

    But even the previous years script winners have basically been told on day 1 "You need to fix the script. It's a mess.", so I don't see a big change there.

    Season 3 is off to a great start, if nothing else.

    /Mike
     
  9. John Mansor

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    Never saw this on HBO but I will be watching on Bravo. Looks like the Behind the Scenes view I like.
     
  10. Jason Walstrom

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    The guy telling them 'you can be replaced' was probably brought up because of the talent they've worked for in the past. In season two the 2 directors wanted a certain Casting decision made 'or they'd walk' and Chris Moore called their bluff and said 'Fine, we can hire a new director.'
     
  11. Chris

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    One word: IDIOT.

    In a preview of next week:

    Chris Moore: "Yes we can.. he's FIRED."

    Damn you, IMDB.. outside of finding out where this ends (and actually making me interested in it thanks to two castings) it also let me in on something I didn't want to know..

    The writers of this thing are working on Highlander: The Source ??? Dear god, no!
     
  12. Jake Gove

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    Since Affleck and Damon are rich and get paid 10 million plus per movie, why don't they each chip in 500 grand and give a million to a deserving script and hire a real director to shoot it. This slave to the studios angle seems too contrived when the cocreators of the show could easily finance one of these low budget flicks. Maybe Feast will cost too much, but maybe one of the other "better" scripts would be cheaper to produce.
     
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    This is such a trainwreck, but I can't help to LOL at Gulager's high-functioning autism at work.

    I mean, this guy is so out of touch with reality. He definitely lives for the commune, his support system.

    Will Gulager actually get a clue along the way? It's no wonder his life has meandered so such, being so myopic is a detriment in this process so far.

    I also did peek at IMDB because my curiousity got the better of me. But still, this is another example of PG: the TV show being much more entertaining than any film that comes from this "process".
     
  14. Thi Them

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    That was hard to watch.

    John will be fired within the next two weeks. There's just not way they can let him continue. He's really acting as though he doesn't think he could lose the job.

    Before this episode, I still had some faith in John because he was able to work with the actors in his short film. But, we find out that they are his family and friends.

    ~T
     
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    I had to laugh when Gulager's dad had Gulager go cash his paycheck almost immediately (before Dimension realized what a loon his son is).
     
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    Was flipping thru the channels and saw this was on.

    What a disaster this is.

    They should have gone with the best script.

    Dimension deserves what theyre getting.
     
  17. Chris

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    Making this film for $2M is going to be.. uh, kind of a joke. I agree with Wes Craven, would have been a lot easier to make the psychological thriller "Wildcard" for this kind of money then a monster effects film like "Feast"

    We'll see how it turns out.
     
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    Affleck and Damon have just optioned on their own the other losing screenplay, Does Anybody Here Remember When Hanz Gubenstein Invented Time Travel? for possible production. So I guess Jake called it - they ARE putting their money where their mouth is.
     
  19. Chris

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    You notice how Wes Craven takes the option on "WildCard" and puts his $ behind it, and Damon/Affleck option the other film.. but they let Dimension take the risk on this one.. makes you wonder [​IMG] I think people bitch about the "not successful" bit but the show easily makes up the $2M, it's just the studio that gets hung out there to an extent.. though you'd think DVD helps save that as well.. and it's good PR for them, a nice little commercial.

    I do have a feeling Feast will break even, from IMDB, I like who the cast is and think it -could- be a hoot.. I liked the blogs today; it gave me the thought that this bit with the monsters is going to be a struggle throughout most of the filming.. maybe the biggest problem.

    Anyway, still one of the more entertaining shows on the air.
     
  20. chung_sotheby

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    I really like the way that this series is going. Before, when they were deciding solely based on the story/script/directorial talent, it seemed like a very utopian view of how a movie gets made in Hollywood. Now, with such an emphasis on "making money," and the fact that the original schlokmeisters at Dimension are on board, we get to see exactly how much artistic vision is comprimised when trying to balance art and commerce.
    I thought that it was a given that Gulager would be picked as director, first off because it just seemed like everyone (including the Dimesion people) loved his short, and the fact that it would help create more tension and conflict with a socially inept but artistically creative director directing a sub-par script. Also, the fact that Wes Craven and Matt Damon seemed to hint at walking off the project unless someone or something of artistic merit was involved probably forced the Dimension people to go with Gulager.

    What I found most amusing during the episode was the fact that Matt Damon was so adament about keeping the artistic integrity of Project Greenlight intact, even going so far as hinting at leaving the project, while Ben Affleck seemed to keep entirely quiet. While Damon was saying "I won't have my name attached to this piece of s#*t script," Affleck basically said nothing.
     

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