The show I've been waiting for is finally here.
American Idol for film makers, On The Lot. (Past TwoCents about the show)
The first five minutes of the show had me hooked! They showed love for film through showing famous scenes from some of America's greatest movies. Casablanca (looking at you kid), Godfather (offer he can’t refuse) , Return of the King (Gollum), Raiders of the Lost Arc (Boulder chasing down Indy), StarWars (swinging across the bridge), and Rocky (running up the stairs).
According to one of the contestants: "You can say “May the Force Be with you” anywhere in the world and people will know what you’re talking about."
That's the beauty this show could be all about!
Over 12,000 people sent in entries from 33 different countries and the top 50 made the first show. The Winner gets Million Dollar development deal with DreamWorks.
The contestants went on the backlot tour at Universal Studios and then were shown into a viewing room where they were introduced to the show's three judges: Carrie Fisher (StarWars, Postcards From the Edge, When Harry Met Sally), Gary Marshall (director: Pretty Woman, Georgia Rule) and Brett Ratner (director: Rush Hour 3, X-Men 3).
They were given three tests and then they had eliminations after each test. First they gave a pitch on an idea they were given the night night before. Second, they had 24 hours to write, direct, film, and edit a 2.5 minute film. Lastly they had to film a one-page scene an hour. To be honest, my DVR cut the show off 1/2 way through the 2nd quest.
So, the premise of this show still has me interested, but the filming of it concerns me. It's produced by Mark Burnett and it shows. The show is an exact replica of The Apprentice only it's about film. The little single person audio clips, with a shot of everyone doing jobs, the in fighting, the inability to choose who should lead, etc.
I really hope the show becomes more about the film making after they whittle the 50 contestants down a bunch.
Did you watch it? What did you think?