Episode 1: Do You Want To Direct This Movie: One director gets chosen by judges Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to direct a film for HBO.
One thing I learned from watching this episode of Project Greenlight, I never want Matt Damon or Ben Affleck judging anything I do. They are pretentious jerks, who were lucky enough to get a break with Goodwill Hunting, and now they live in a bubble, and think they are better than everyone. I like Damon as an actor, but he needs some work as a human being. And Matt, here’s a tip for you, if there was a little more diversity in Hollywood, maybe there wouldn’t be as many sequels and reboots as there currently are.
And the Farrelly brothers, based on the last few movies they put out, should be glad that ANYONE wants to direct any hackneyed script they’ve written. The egos on this show are unbelievable, you’re not curing cancer Farrelly brothers, get a grip!
Episode Two: Going Rogue
The newly minted director runs into roadblocks with the writer, producer, and HBO while trying to make this movie.
It’s really interesting to see all the infighting that goes on during the making of this film, and frankly no one comes out looking great, except maybe the director, who wants to make the movie he wants to make, the way he wants to make it.
Episode 3: Gun To Your Head
The contentiousness continues as the director and producer fight, this time over location, casting and digital or film. The friction leads to a surprise at the end of this episode.
I take back any nice things I said about anyone associated with this show, they are all sanctimonious jerks, who think they are “gifted.” Sorry to say, this show is sliding toward reality show conventions. The overheated drama over what should be small decisions seems contrived. Even the “shocking” ending, is a contrivance. This could have been an educational effort, but Damon and Affleck want ratings, that explains Damon’s sudden “controversial” statements. It’s tiring.
Episode 4:Duly Noted
The director finally settles on a location and a cast, rankling feelings as he goes.
This is not a show about making a film, it’s a manipulative attempt to create sides for or against what the director is doing. If all moviemakers acted the way these moviemakers are acting, no movies would ever be made.
Episode 5: Picture’s Up
The first day of shooting finally arrives
The director’s is still a jerk, and a big one, but I will give this episode credit, it is more about making the film than the other episodes, and less about everyone butting heads. Just when I think it’s going to be about filmmaking, the show brings more needless drama. The drama, again, seems contrived.
Episode 6: Hot Ghetto Mess
The director continues to film the film he co-wrote while the producer continues to remind him not to go over budget.
This show continues to be more heat than light, and it’s largely phony controversy. All of these could be avoided and I think much of it could be avoided, and is done for the sake of television. There are interesting nuggets of film making technique, but they are few and far between.
Episode 7: Accident Waiting to Happen
The director can’t agree on a location for the stunt.
More of the same, the director is being Hamlet in Hollywood, there are helpful hints like storyboarding the stunt, and using a tractor trailer to simulate movement of cars instead of greensceen.
Episode 8: Hug and Release
The director finishes the final cut of his movie, “The Leisure Class.”
More instructive lessons on filmmaking, like digital editing, and pickup shots, known to the rest of us non-movie folk as reshoots, but more fighting between producers and newly minted director, all of which seemed entirely unnecessary and detracted from the actual mission of the show. Affleck and Damon make cameo appearances to the show where they are the draw. No one is tuning in to see a brand new director, and producers no one has ever heard of.
I will review “The Leisure Class” and if I don’t like it, you will be the first to know.
Overall, I’m disappointed in Project Greenlight, season 4. (I haven’t seen any of the other seasons) I thought it would be much more edifying and much less confrontational than it was. I thought with Damon and Affleck at least tangentially connected to the show, the quality would rise above the usual reality show hysteria, often it did not.