Saturday, September 20, 2014

"The Chair" - Starz Filmmaking Docu-Series

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*** Episode 3 is tonight on Starz at 11 p.m. ET ***

One of my all-time favorite TV shows is "Project Greenlight," from 2001. It chronicled a first-time filmmaker getting his chance to make a $1 million-dollar-budgeted movie. It showed the filmmaking process from pre-production through post-production. I loved it! I've always been fascinated with filmmaking, and have worked on micro-budget movies, and well as being an extra on a network TV show. I have also taken two cinematography classes, working with professional film equipment.

So, here we are in 2014, and Chris Moore, who brought "Project Greenlight" to TV with the help of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, has his solo series on the U.S. Starz movie network. In this series, two first-time directors are both doing their take on the same script. As with "Project Greenlight," we see them from pre-production through post-production.

The two directors they have come from very different perspectives. Shane Dawson does raunchy YouTube videos that mainly appeal to 12-year-old girls. Anna Martemucci comes from an independent-film background. So, their end products could very much echo those backgrounds.

The four directors from the three seasons of "Project Greenlight" have found their own ways into the business after the show. Pete Jones, from Season 1, directed another indie movie, and wrote the story for "Hall Pass." Efrem Potelle from Season 2 went into Visual Effects. His co-director from Season 2, Kyle Rankin, has been acting and directing. John Gulager, from Season 3, has been acting, directing and doing cinematography. Best of luck to the two new directors on "The Chair!"

Project Greenlight Info: Project Greenlight - Wikipedia

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