Saturday, January 29, 2011


Can it be? That a motion picture uses... how can I put this delicately?... Marketing to sell itself?

Could they be lying that this movie, Silent House, was shot in one take?

Would the producers of a film stoop so low as to distort the facts surrounding the actual methods used to make the movie? In order to incite people to watch that self-same film?

How can it be? Heavens? I think I'm experiencing the vapors. This scandal is too much for me to take.

Next you'll be telling me that it didn't really sell for three million dollars.

Note, this is based on a true story.


joe said...

the producers really should be ashamed of themselves for taking advantage of this marketable aspect of their movie. what if it caused some innocent person like you or me to take interest in it and pay to rent it, or even worse, buy it. it may be a really great movie, but i'd prefer to not be duped into finding that out because of their cavalier attitude toward advertising.

Andrew Bellware said...

I feel so deceived. Like next they're going to tell me that the so-called "movie" is really just a series of still pictures that flash by our eyes so quickly we can't tell they're stills and we perceive them as "motion" because of our persistence of vision or something.
No... no... they'd never do that.
Would they?

joe said...

the next thing you know, they'll be claiming that the Blair Witch Tapes were a hoax. i was going to recommend as a marketing idea that you tell people the entire production of Earthkiller was nourished by Chinese take-out, but someone will leak that we had a little Italian and barbecue, and you'll never here the end of the ridicule. it may be best to just play it safe and say that "we ate a variety of foods."

Andrew Bellware said...

It was Russian caviar and Cuban cigars all day long, baby! That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Kangas said...

I think you should tell people that during the shoot, in order to actual keep it as realistic as possible, you actually had to KILL THE EARTH.

Chance Shirley said...

I haven't seen Silent House, but I just assumed the movie "appeared" to be shot in one take. Like they planned the shoot out with some "seamless" cuts in mind.

Didn't Hitchcock do a movie that way, back when you could only shoot 20 minute takes because of the size of the film mags?

Andrew Bellware said...

Yeah, Rope, which is a brilliant little piece of filmmaking has what I'm sure at the time were "seamless" cuts from one reel to the next.
OMG! He cheated!
Or, as a friend of mine used to say, "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin' hard enough."