Monday, March 26, 2007

"I (heart) Last Breath"

On our first day off after the first week of shooting on "Last Breath".

By sheer coincidence, the big thing on YouTube the past week was the appearance of some choice behind the scenes footage of the making of David O. Russell's "I (heart) Huckabee's", featuring a pissed off Lily Tomlin, and Russell throwing a tantrum on set.

As anyone who's worked in film can tell you, this sort of bad behavior is nothing new... However shocking it may be to people, one thing to keep in mind is that Lily CAN vent her frustrations, being what they call "above the line" and not worry too much about her job prospects. For "below the line" personnel, they could merely fart in the wrong direction when the director is in a bad mood, and then they're gone - and have acquired a reputation.

Here, in the following clip, is probably the best example I've seen to illustrate the relationship between Directors and Producers:

The Joys of Lo-Budget Filmmaking, Part 1

(now also on YouTube)

(Actually, they're just testing a stunt effect - No Actors Were Harmed!)