Filmmaking / Directing : The Must-List: 5 Behind-The-Scenes Documentaries That Prove Making Movies Ain't No Picnic by Marli Monroe

Marli Monroe

The Must-List: 5 Behind-The-Scenes Documentaries That Prove Making Movies Ain't No Picnic

Like most people interested in the various aspects of filmmaking, I really look forward to watching the behind-the-scenes footage, sometimes more than the actual movie. Here is a great list of behind-the-scenes documentaries, part of the Must-List series by Film Independent. Check out the list, the documentaries, and the Must-List series...definitely well worth it! If you know of other great behind-the-scenes documentaries, please share them in the comments. http://www.filmindependent.org/blog/the-must-list-5-behind-the-scenes-do...

The Must-List: 5 Behind-The-Scenes Documentaries That Prove Making Movies Ain't No Picnic - Film Independent
The Must-List: 5 Behind-The-Scenes Documentaries That Prove Making Movies Ain't No Picnic - Film Independent
In their lowest form, documentaries about making movies can be little more than glorified EPK packages-just another bland, uncritical promo tool for suckering consumers and separating them from their…
JD Hartman

BTS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Silent Running

Marli Monroe

Wow, I completely forgot about Silent Running! I saw it when it was first released and I remember loving the plot, but I didn't have access to BTS footage back then...I can't wait to check it out. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was a great film. I bet the BTS is fantastic. Thanks, JD!!

JD Hartman

The "list" leaves a lot to be desired, three out of five are fairly recent films. Written from a very narrow and naive perspective. BTS of the original Red Dawn, featuring many child actors who would later reach stardom. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Dawn

Adam Tester

Hearts of Darkness made me want to make movies more actually.

JD Hartman

@Marli Monroe, Silent Running, set aboard a spaceship the Valley Forge, was actually shot on a real ship, the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge!

Marli Monroe

Good point about the list, JD. I think that truly capturing any aspect of the film industry in a list of only five is challenging (it's such a large body of work), but the lists do serve as a starting point for interesting discussions. : ) I didn't know that Silent Running was shot on an aircraft carrier. I'm so glad you reminded me of this movie...I can't wait to see it again! I also need to see the original Red Dawn, then the BTS. I've seen Tomorrow, When The War Began, then the 2012 Red Dawn, but not the original.

Marli Monroe

Adam, I remember seeing Apocalypse Now on opening day and the intensity stayed with me for a very long time. It must have been indescribable to be a part of the cast and crew. I can understand why Hearts of Darkness would inspire you to become a filmmaker. What an impact!

JD Hartman

Red Dawn remake was a joke. We were too afraid to make the Chinese the antagonists as screenplay originally called for.

Royce Allen Dudley

The Magnolia DVD has a making-of bonus. Interesting to see PT Anderson cast, rehearse and shoot a film with a pivotal scene months into the shoot that he cannot make work, so he punts and moves forward. Great filmmaker.

Marli Monroe

Royce, that's what I love about BTS and the making-of bonus footage. To be able to watch a filmmaker in action and wonder 'what would I have done?' if faced with the same situation. I need to watch Magnolia again, so I can check out the making-of. Thanks!

Marli Monroe

Damien, I think American Movie should count. Even the trailer was inspiring. What an entertaining tale of perseverance, which is vital to indie Filmmakers. "If I can find 3,000 people like you across this country, man, I'm in business." Great quote!

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