Project Greenlight

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Episode Guide

    • Producing Under Chris Moore Conditions
    • Bridging the Gap
      Bridging the Gap
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Only nine weeks are left in pre-production. Ideas for the film are coming together and the director is finally starting to take charge. The group gets permission from Dimension to look for gap financing from another investor willing to put money into the production. They get an idea from a radio show to hit up the Maloof family for money. Their call into a radio program fails but they arrange a formal meeting through the Maloof family's office. The crew is assembling but the director still butts heads with the others over his insistence that his family be cast in the main roles.moreless
    • Chris Moore: The End Of The Experiment
    • Sweet Home Chicago
      Sweet Home Chicago
      Season 1 - Episode 5
    • Box Office or Bust
      Box Office or Bust
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      The executive producers and Dimension executives sat down and interviewed the top 3 writers and the top 3 directors. Coming to the conclusion of the script, which was written by both Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. This script is titled "Feast" and would be directed by John Gulager.
    • The Joy of Pre-Production
      The Joy of Pre-Production
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      The group finds out from Dimension that they're not going have an easy time making their movie. They're told that the script's flawed, that the studio has reservations over the director's ability to pull it all together, and that they'll have to rewrite the script in order to make in with the $2 million budget. They then work 12 hour shifts fixing the script by eliminating scenes and combining characters. The director also stubbornly insists that his family members be cast in the lead roles, which causes frustrations the casting director.moreless
    • Ben Calls Harvey
      Ben Calls Harvey
      Season 1 - Episode 4
    • The Director And His DP
      The Director And His DP
      Season 1 - Episode 8
    • Episode #21
      Episode #21
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Kyle and Ephram worry that their authority is being undermined and call a meeting to discuss more effective communication. Miramax's Rick Schwartz arrives for lunch with a special guest, briefly lightening the mood.
    • Gun to Your Head
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      Key production staff roles are filled, so Effie asks the location manager to scout mansions in the Los Angeles area, but Jason doesn't think any of them match his vision. Meanwhile, Jason continues to resist shooting digitally, which causes friction between Effie and Peter Farrelly.
    • Picture's Up
      Season 4 - Episode 5
    • Duly Noted
      Season 4 - Episode 4
    • Going Rogue
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Production is two months away, but Effie, Marc and Len sing the praises of shooting digitally to Jason as a way of staying on schedule and under budget. Meanwhile, Jason pitches his own script for a dark comedy called "The Leisure Class."
    • Accident Waiting to Happen
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      Jason maps out logistics for the car-crash scene with a stunt coordinator after finally selecting a location to film it. Later, Jason is encouraged by a surprise visitor to the set as he and the crew hurry to finish shooting before sunrise.
    • Do You Want to Direct This Movie?
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      In the Season 4 premiere, 13 finalists are chosen from a pool of thousands of aspiring filmmakers and travel to Los Angeles to meet the series' judges, who discuss the merits of each contestant's short-film submission before announcing a winner.
    • And Then There Was One (2)
    • Getting The Footage You Need
    • Hug and Release
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      Filming is wrapped in the Season 4 finale, but Ben suggests that Jason show his director's cut to a test audience, and though Jason's irked by some of the feedback, he works overtime with the editor to have the final cut ready for the red-carpet premiere at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.moreless
    • Cast Apart
      Cast Apart
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Gulager says he's going to film a test screen of his family and take it directly to Bob Weinstein. Chris Moore puts a stop to it and threatens to fire the director. Casting gets under way. It proves difficult to find a suitable actor and actress to play the Hero and Heroine. Michelle want Navi Rawat cast in a role and submits her name directly to Dimension. The company thinks it's a good choice but the others are upset that Michelle went behind their backs. Actors are found for the lesser roles and additional financing for the 25-day shoot is secured from the Maloof family. The writers are hired to write the new Highlander film. And the monster designs are comining along nicely. At the first read-through of the script with the actors a bomb scare forces their evacuation and postpones the meeting.moreless
    • Episode #14
      Episode #14
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      After a brief overview of the Project Greenlight contest by its creators, the season begins with the narrowing down of the top 50 scripts (from an initial 7,000!) to ten, and the directors down to four. Matt, Ben and Chris personally call the finalists to summon them to the 2003 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The excitement of arriving at this indie-film mecca soon turns to anxiety, however, as the judging panel screen directors' scene assignments and observe the screenwriters pitching their stories. Finally, six scripts are eliminated - and four directors and four writers are left standing.moreless
    • Episode #13
      Episode #13
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      After a brief overview of the Project Greenlight contest by its creators, the season begins with the narrowing down of the top 50 scripts (from an initial 7,000!) to ten, and the directors down to four. Matt, Ben and Chris personally call the finalists to summon them to the 2003 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The excitement of arriving at this indie-film mecca soon turns to anxiety, however, as the judging panel screen directors' scene assignments and observe the screenwriters pitching their stories. Finally, six scripts are eliminated - and four directors and four writers are left standing.moreless
    • Mutiny on the Bar Set
      Mutiny on the Bar Set
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Gulager finally schedules an early rehearsal time before the day's shooting. The mood lightens but the good will is short-lived, as the 1st A.D. and the script supervisor let their dislike for each other spill over. Since he has the producers on his side, the 1 A.D. gets the script supervisor fired. Shooting is continually rocky, frustrating the director and many of the others.moreless
    • The Juggling Act Of A Director
    • The Delicate Balance Of Power In Producing A Movie
    • And Then There Was One (1)
    • Pete Goes To Work
      Pete Goes To Work
      Season 1 - Episode 3
    • The Editing Process
      The Editing Process
      Season 1 - Episode 11
    • Hot Ghetto Mess
      Hot Ghetto Mess
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      A wedding-rehearsal dinner filmed at dusk is expected to be the most expensive shoot so far. Also: Len is skeptical of Jason's vision for a car-crash scene, but Effie works hard to find a way to make it happen.
    • Lights, Camera, Inaction
      Lights, Camera, Inaction
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Filming is finally ready to begin. Issues with the script, budget, and casting have been settled, so now all eyes are on first-time director Gulager. He has a free-wheeling shooting style and makes too many last-minute adjustments, which get on the DP's nerves. The actors start feeling somewhat lost without proper rehersals and compositions. Studio execs and the producer step in to tell Gulager to communicate better.moreless
    • It's a Wrap
      It's a Wrap
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      The group finally gets to know if Bob likes the movie or not. The film is finally screened with people like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Andrew Rona, the Maloof brothers, and Kevin Smith watching. The season concludes with The Feast making the cut.
    • One Week to Rap
      One Week to Rap
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      Its the final week of production and a lot of movie left to be shot. John starts to feel the pressure when he is found with two camera crews shooting two different scenes of the movie on opposite sides of the studio. John has to run back and forth from both sets to do the directing. Plus they find out that there is a big corporate issue between Disney and Miramax, and feast might get caught in the middle of the battle. To Help motivate everyone on the crew, John sets up a movie short of Feast so that they can get an understanding of what they all have been working so hard.moreless
    • Redemption
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      Production is finally over, now comes the actual making of the movie - Post Production. This episode, John just starts the editing and already everyone wants to get a piece of what it looks like. So John sets up screenings for all the major players of the movies future. The majority of them seem to like what they see with just a few improvements needed. The whole group seems really excited to get this thing done and can't wait to see the final film.moreless
    • Episode #15
      Episode #15
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Press photos are shot and "Stolen Summer" producer Jeff Balis is surprisingly reintroduced. The group meets for some initial discussion about the winning screenplay. Erica ties up loose ends back home in Ohio as she prepares to move to L.A. The winners meet in L.A. for casting and budget meetings and quickly realize they may have little actual control over certain critical production elements. The producers talk about the winners' capabilities.moreless
    • Episode #16
      Episode #16
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Five weeks remain until the start of production, and the heat is rising. The group discuss issues with the casting and script, and Kyle and Efram begin interviewing candidates for the film's key crew members. They also battle over exactly who will edit the film. Finally, the directors extend offers for the movie's main roles in to several actors.moreless
    • Episode
      Season 3 - Episode 1
    • Episode #23
      Episode #23
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      Kyle and Efram begin post-production now that their film's in the can. Within two weeks they screen a rough cut for Chris, Jeff and Erica, who question the tone - is it a drama or a comedy? Miramax exec Rick Schwartz see the next cut and feels the same ambiguity. After four grueling days, Kyle and Efram barely get their tape to the pivotal test screening on time.moreless
    • Episode #24
      Episode #24
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      The producers decide that the film will be a comedy after the test-screening results are in. Protests from Kyle and Efram go unheeded. Kyle and Efram agonize over several new cuts but finally deliver a version they hope will meet with Rick's approval.
    • Episode #25
      Episode #25
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      Will it be released or not? Everyone waits anxiously as Miramax debates whether The Battle of Shaker Heights will open in N.Y. and L.A. Chris appeals to Harvey Weinstein to release it in more cities. As the premiere date approaches, the team makes some finishing touches and waits to hear from Miramax. Will they pull out the big guns and open with a bang? Or will they surrender to a limited release and give up the battle for Shaker Heights?moreless
    • Episode #20
      Episode #20
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Erica decides to play a more active role on set after there's an unscripted shot. Technical problems push the production behind schedule and the directors make more script changes without consulting Erica, who vents her frustrations.
    • Episode #19
      Episode #19
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      The first day begins with creative differences and an awkward scene, but Ackerman shows he's up to the task. A casting dilemma is solved when Bill Sadler accepts the role of Abe. With an ambitious schedule in front of them, the team braces for a crucial emotional scene.
    • Episode #18
      Episode #18
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Pressures mount as the beginning of production approaches, and Ben joins the team for a final script meeting. Thomas Ackerman is hired as D.P. and the cast -- including Shia LeBeouf, Kathleen Quinlan and Amy Smart -- does a table read. Much to the crew's relief, the first location is finally set.moreless
    • Episode #17
      Episode #17
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Casting remains difficult, as the team has trouble landing Shia LeBeouf for the main role of Kelly. Erica receives major script notes, but doesn't like the directors' offer to do the rewrites.
    • Episode #22
      Episode #22
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Cast and crew are feeling drained just three weeks into shooting. Ben and J.Lo visit the set and lift their spirits, especially Erica's. Efram clashes majorly with the boom operator. But when it comes time for the big kiss scene with Amy, Shia is a smooth operator. The final day of production gets off to a shaky start as Shia stumbles over difficult lines, but Kyle helps him through it. Finally it's announced - "That's a wrap!"moreless
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