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  1. mattack

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    Sorry this is sort of off topic since it's not about this particular episode...

    but am I totally misremembering LAST WEEK's episode, or did they not give all of the results of the 1 minute film project.. and just jump into this week?

    It seems to me they were just filming them, having problems... and then they jumped to the top 18 this week.

    I don't *think* I missed an episode. (I saw the ~35 minute one from last week, then Monday's)
     
  2. juanian

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    I am confused too -- I missed the first episode (but caught the 1 hour version on Fox Reality). Is there something I'm missing between the 35 minute show (on 5-24) which has 24 directors with 1 hour to film a 1 page script, and the 2 hour show (on 5-28) which starts with the final 18 and their 1 minute comedy short? (The "quick look back" showed more than the one director in quick clips, along with the judges choosing the final 18.) Neither the 35 minute show, or the 1 hour Fox Reality broadcast showed those items. (The 1 hour Fox Reality broadcast was the same as the 35 minute show, with the last 15 minutes showing "Reality Revealed" for "Last Comic Standing".)
     
  3. jsmeeker

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    A bunch of us are as confused, too. it seems like they simply dropped the 1 hour for 1 page thing. it's a great mystery. The one page in an hour was a way to weed out people and get the final 18 that went before the public voting. Maybe it was a disaster? or too boring to show a TV audience? At this point, it's moot. Still, I wish I could have seen it. I would have liked to see some of these people direct someone else's script and see the different results different people got with the exact same script.
     
  4. quarkman97

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    We were confused too! The show went from cool to an American Idol rip-off! WTF?!

    I just went on the official site and you can watch the full episodes there too.

    Episode 1 (1 hr): 50 directors do pitches, some get eliminated then people who are left meet in groups of three to film a scene. tensions mount in a couple of groups

    Episode 2 (30 min): filming continues in groups and arguments mount. groups are judged on their scenes. People get eliminated. Remaining people film 1 page scene in 1 hour.

    Now here is where I am confused: the teaser at the end of this episode shows the directors filming their 1 page scenes, like we are going to see them, but then the next episode is the "Box Office Performance Show"?

    (Writing this out loud and watching the shows, I think I figured it out.)

    During the opening of the Box Office Performance Show they said the directors were judged on their "1 page, 1 hour" films and 18 were asked to come back. They were then sent home to submit a 1-minute comedy to be voted on by viewers.

    VERY CONFUSING to tease us with what looked like another episode with them directing the 1 page, 1 hour films. But they glazed over that and the setup/premise of sending them home to create a 1-minute comedy.

    Whew!

    Hopefully this isn't this confusing every other week. I like the first two episodes. Now that it is taking an American Idol turn with all the commercial breaks and suspense, they are losing me....and I have a 30-sec skip!!
     
  5. jsmeeker

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    I think in the first episode, they said "over the next 15 weeks..." and then said something about making one film a week. I hope it's not going to be 15 one minute shorts. But if the show does the "idol" thing an eliminates a person every week after a "performance", then I guess they DO need to do one new film a week. I think it's unfortunate, really. As they whittle down the finalists, I think the projects they work on should get larger in scope.
     
  6. PopcornGuy

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    America really screwed up on voting. The bottom three were all sitting in judges chairs! Fart jokes CAN be funny. And you don't need to tell us we're getting "a woman's perspective as a director" every time we see one (I can USUALLY tell the difference). When they all panned "Getta Rhoom" for being too "insensitive" that was the last straw. Thank God for Tivo - no more judge segments for me!
     
  7. marksman

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    I think part of the problem is the initial part of the show seemingly took place long before this last part started.

    It is starting to make sense now. Chelsea Handler, who was originally the host has another job. I remember seeing her name in the credits of one of the upfront shows.

    Some other directors/entrants simply bowed out. Maybe they got real jobs or had commitments they could not keep going on. So they used this leg to reduce down to 18. If they had a few extra they cut them.

    It is funny that a show about directing is so horribly produced and directed. I guess it is funny on some level, but it just seems cruel.


    So just like Idol though, the first two episodes we saw probably took place maybe even months ago. Then they pick up with the live show format without all the pieces in tact and scramble.
     
  8. quarkman97

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    Hear, hear!
     
  9. That Don Guy

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    Here's a topic about the "missing episode" on the show's official forum:
    http://community.thelot.com/boards/topic.aspx?topic_id=8731
    (Go to the third post on the second page; this is as close as I've seen to an explanation.)

    -- Don
     
  10. TAsunder

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    I suspect what happened is, they wanted it to be in the American Idol format in time to take AI's slot this week, and after the time slot kung fu was done, they couldn't find a place to air the "you have 1 hour" episode, so just abandoned it and started the AI-clone portion of the show.
     
  11. marksman

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    The more I think about this show and read about it, the more I think it has to be the worst produced and managed reality show ever.

    Considering it is Produced by Mark Brunett and Steven Speilberg, I would say the show is stunningly bad. It is dumbfounding really.
     
  12. TAsunder

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    Fortunately, it has the redeeming quality of being about filmmaking and short films. It will always be at least somewhat entertaining for me as long as the shorts are interesting.
     
  13. ElJay

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    I agree.

    Burnett and Spielberg should sue to have their names removed from it. I'm ditching this show if next week turns out to be another big waste of time. I don't know how anybody without a fast forward button could stand to watch it.
     
  14. lambertman

    lambertman Chris Lambert, man

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    Futon says the Monday editions are gone; a 1-hour ep will air Tuesdays (except the Monday before the MLB All-Star Game) and that's it.
     
  15. Einselen

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    What is next for this show? Thankfully I have a Tivo so they can add shows, take them, add fluff and time and I don't care (well sort of). I would never be able to watch this show/series live.
     
  16. Einselen

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    Fox's schedule is getting shaken up a bit as they scramble to redo times, etc. Here is the article in reference.

    http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=7400
     
  17. PJO1966

    PJO1966 Hi. What is this?

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    So how is this going to work? We'll see the movies, vote, then the following week we see who was eliminated before we see the next batch or movies? This is going to be a mess.
     
  18. GoalieEd

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    Is there a website that has the videos posted? My reception was bad during the episode.
     
  19. mattack

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    A response would have been to mention the Farrelly Bros. movies, or South Park.
     
  20. mattack

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    I really think some of these producers should contractually DEMAND that every single episode of a show air as specified when they sign a contract.

    Spielberg definitely has the clout, and in fact in the 80s got a 2 year commitment for Amazing Stories (which got really crappy ratings but I liked). That probably would have been cancelled ASAP without the 2 year commitment.

    Burnett almost certainly has the clout to demand that.

    About the only case I can think of where a (reality, at least) show kept airing with horrible ratings is Branson's Apprentice ripoff, and that's only because AFAIK he has some connection with Murdoch. Mark Cuban's Apprentice ripoff got severely cut down (skipped and/or sliced-and-diced multiple episodes to create one). BTW, I liked Branson's and Cuban's was ok.
     

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