One of the things that sets human beings apart from other animals is our ability to take delight in the pain of others.
In this case it is reality TV.
On the Syfy network they are showing a multi-part reality series called ‘The Town of the Living Dead’ about a group of decidedly amateur fimmakers who having been trying – for 6 years! – to make a zombie movie.
The piece below is from Variety, but, I have to admit I’ve watched the show myself and it is head-shakingly entertaining. I do not understand for one second why the ‘director’ would agree to be in this as it will surely mean he never works again, but, maybe time will prove me wrong. I’m reminded of the documentary – from the days before everything was a reality show – called American Movie that showed filmmaker Mark Borchardt trying to make his horror film (that is a great documentary too!).
If you want to learn how NOT to make a movie, or you’re looking to see how misguided, even in the age of the internet, filmmakers can be, then watch it.
The article is good too!