I’m terribly sorry for the tardiness, I’ve had this this whole time i promise I just completely forgot to upload it as instructed. I was supposed to present this in class but came to class 15 minutes late and missed my allotted time-slot.
Rebels on the Backlot by Sharon Waxman
–Being John Malkovich. Began under Polygram entertainment.
-Producer Lance Acord fended off Producing Chief Matt Kuhn.
-Eventually, in early 1999, Matt Kuhn lost his job. Polygram sold to USA films.
-Did not hear from execs in months. Malkovich was project under USA films under Universal.
-Jonze used the same key crew members he had used for all his previous work.
-Low-key and relaxed atmosphere. Jonze’s brother a PA.
-Tunnel carted 6 different locations.
-First assembly 4 hours long.
-Took 9 months to edit as Jonze went on to act in Three Kings.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
-Mid 1990s, Traditional blockbusters started becoming less cost-effective. Rising star pay-checks.
-A co-head of production at Warner Bros.
-Opened doors for The Wachowski Brothers and David O’Russell.
-First Script, Assassins got picked up by di Bonaventura.
-Script fell into the hands of Director Dick Donner and Sylvester Stallone. Movie was a flop.
-Pushed di Bonaventura to sign a 4 script deal with Wachowskis, in effort to be more protective
-Pitched the Matrix in a time where email was barely comprehensible to studio execs.
-Execs placed faith in di Bonaventura’s passion.
-Marketed as action film. Matrix garnered $400 million worldwide.
-Spent Eighteen months doing research and writing Three Kings.
-Secured funding with the help of di Bonaventura.
-Warner Bros. loved Clooney, David O’Russell felt he couldn’t act.
-Studios disliked his decisions, including casting of Spike Jonze.
-Shooting on Ektachrome.(gives weird color palette)
-Shooting schedule was tight, Clooney was shooting ER throughout the week when he wasnt working on Three Kings.
-Spike Jonze would fly out to edit John Malkovich on the weekends.
-O’Russell would make up shots on the go. Tension was very high.
-Escalated at O’Russell getting hands on with an extra who was supposed to push Ice Cube.
–100 day shoot for fight club
-People began to notice that extras and stunt doubles were constantly walking out of the soundstage with fake blood and bruises.
-Fincher wanted 30 takes of fight scenes.
-Practiced bare-knuckle fighting for bare-knuckle fight scenes. Actors and doubles all ended up with broken ribs and dislocated fingers.
-Spiritual experience forPitt and Norton. Found that they were getting the same injuries.
–Right before release of Fight Club, overshadowed by Columbine, started debate on Hollywood Marketing violence to teenagers.
-Execs were appalled when Fincher screened Fight Club for the first time. Fincher thought the movie was funny.
-Fincher felt that being a studio exec meant that they did not have a shred of creativity within them.
-Did not make the effort to converse with the execs.
-Came up with his own trailers. Fake Public Service announcements.
-Critics hated Fight Club, brought in only $1 million opening weekend. Called immoral and irresponsible.
-Critics loved Three Kings. Called brilliantly subversive.
-Fincher envious of this. However, Three Kings wasn’t nominated for anything.
-Being John Malkovich nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Made no money.