Anyone else watching this? The first few episodes were pretty rough, what with an excessive numbers of directors having to 'pitch' ideas, and a painful-to-watch group directing task. Now that they've gotten to the actual movies rather than reality-show-standard squabbling, it's actually been fun to watch.
Last week their task was to direct a one minute comedy. I've lost my notes for reviewing all 18 of them, but my personal top three were "Dance Man" by Adam Stein, "Spaced Out" by Andrew Hunt, and "Danger Zone", by Zach Lipovsky. My least favorites were "Getta Rhoom" by Jason Epperson (and I agreed with the judges that his "nerd" seemed mentally challenged instead), "To Screw in a Light Bulb" by Jessica Brillhart, and "Wack Alley Cab" by Kenny Luby, easily the worst of the night. You can view all 18 at www.thelot.com
The actual results had Will Bigham's "Lucky Penny", "Danger Zone", and "Getta Rhoom" in the top 3--guess other voters thought the judges were unfair to Jason, I didn't. The 3 sent home included none of my bottom 3--tossed were Claudia LaBianca for "Blind Date", Phil Hawkins for "Please Hold", and Carolina Zorrilla de San Martin for "Deliver Me".
The next task was to go home, and over 5 days, complete a 3-minute film--I assume they were told a comedy, since that's what all the ones they've done tonight seem to be. Five films were shown tonight, which means this round is probably going to take 3 weeks.
Tonight's films--again, I won't summarize, because I assume they can be viewed online.
three minutes long
made in 5 days time
(Last week's movie: "Replication Theory" )
"Broken Pipe Dreams"
Really enjoyed it. Second judge did have a point with the middle section (hands tied) running a bit too long, but it didn't detract too much.
(Last week: "Golf Story")
Liked it, but it didn't seem terribly fresh or original.
(Last week: "Bus #1")
"The First Time I Met the Finkelsteins"
Not too fond of it...played all the way through stereotypes and offensively right out the other side. Strangely though, her most offensive line was also her funniest (the straddling a brisket line).
(Last week: "Dance Man")
"Dough: the Musical"
Loved it! nicely written, great cast and use of the lyrics and staging.
(Last week: "Love in the Year 2007")
"Laughing Out Loud: A Comic Journey"
Her choice to do it as a documentary about someone who's funny was probably a good one, since last week she seemed to have no comedy chops. I didn't think her subject was all THAT funny, but the film seemed well made. The key there was whether they were assigned to do a comedy, or whether that's just what everyone chose for their short, or whether they put all of the 'comedies' together.
1 (tie) "Dough: The Musical" (Adam) and "Broken Pipe Dreams" (Sam)
3. "Laughing Out Loud: A Comic Journey" (Shalini)
4. "Teri" (Trevor)
5. "The First Time I Met the Finkelsteins" (Hilary)
The judges each chose a different favorite, the contestants picked Shalini's movie as their favorite and Hilary's as their least favorite.