Filmmaker Ruggero Deodato was Arrested and Charged With Murdering Several Actors On Camera While Filming The 1980's movie "Cannibal Holocaust." He was facing life prison and he had to produce 3 Actors in Court to prove that all the actors are still alive. theguardian.com/film/2011…
A filmmaker shot a soap opera web series called IKEA Heights entirely inside a Burbank, California IKEA without their permission. The creator of the show noticed that the well-lit sets and difficulty in getting the attention of employees made it an ideal location to film a show. gigaom.com/2009/09/04/ike…
The 1974 documentary on Idi Amin by the celebrated Swiss filmmaker Barbet Schroeder, was filmed with the Ugandan dictator’s co-operation, but he wasn’t happy when he heard that a version he hadn’t seen was being shown in Europe thehindu.com/entertainmen…
Filmmaker Terrence Malick, whose films are filled with transcendental themes and philosophical voiceovers, graduated summa cum laude in Philosophy from Harvard, was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford writing a thesis on Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein, and briefly taught philosophy at MIT closeupfilmcentre.com/ver…
In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10 hour β€œmovie” of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
One Texas filmmaker made the same film 300 times houstonchronicle.com/tech…
It's possible to buy random, assorted books "by the foot", for the sake of filling up and decorating otherwise empty bookshelves and libraries, a service typically used by filmmakers and decorators, but also rich people on occasion. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
Today I learned about Godfrey Ho, a Hong Kong filmmaker who made over 80 martial arts movies in the 1980s by combining self filmed low budget footage with existing unrelated material. Most of these movies had the word "ninja" in the title. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
In 2017 a competition for independent filmmakers was organized to submit treatments for music videos for one of three Elton John songs from the 1970s in celebration of his fiftieth anniversary of his songwriting relationship with Bernie Taupin. The winners feature on YouTube as official videos. thecut.eltonjohn.com
It's impossible to die of skin suffocation. The filmmakers of the James Bond films believed it was a real risk. For Goldfinger, which features a scene of someone dying of skin suffocation due to being painted gold, they had a physician present and cleaned the person as quickly as possible. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Bruceploitation was a practice where filmmakers hired Bruce Lee lookalikes to cash in on his popularity after his death. Some actors even changed their names to sound similar to Bruce Lee en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
The David Bowie biopic Stardust will not feature any of his music, because Bowie's family banned the filmmakers from using it. inews.co.uk/culture/music…
In 2016, a British man crowdfunded a ten hour film of paint drying in order to force the British Board of Film Classification to watch it, as part of a protest against it. This is due to independent filmmakers needing to pay Β£1,000 per submission in order to be certified. The film received a U. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
A German filmmaker once asked Carthusian monks for permission to film a documentary of their lives. They responded affirmatively 16 years later and the film took 5 more years to complete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Stephen King has a system where he will license his short stories to aspiring filmmakers for just $1. This gives the filmmakers affordable source material. These are referred to as "Dollar Babies." wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar…
Rob Spence, a filmmaker who is blind in one eye, replaced it with a tiny video camera. He damaged the eye when he was 9 years old. The camera is not connected to his optic nerve but sends its footage to a receiver. bbc.co.uk/news/av/technol…
There was no sound in films until the late 1920's. Before that, pianist or organists used to play along with the moving pictures live. At times this music was provided by the filmmakers and other times, musicians would improvise. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
In 2014, filmmaker Steven Soderberg released a unique cut of "Psycho" that incorporates footage from Hitchcock's original film and the 1998 remake by Gus Van Sant (with all color removed) to create one film. This version is called "Psychos" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
Stephen Hawking liked "The Theory Of Everything" so much that he allowed the filmmakers to use his trademarked computerized voice on it. He called the film "broadly true" and emailed the filmmakers that there were certain points when he thought he was watching himself, which left him tearful. businessinsider.com/the-t…
The producers of the movie Das Boot used a life size mock-up of a U-Boat for the exterior shots. One morning the crew woke up to find it missing, only to later learn that a certain filmmaker named Steven Spielberg had rented it for his movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and no one had told them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Today I learned about Ghost Signs in Pittsburgh – Signs painted on buildings for long-defunct businesses. A couple of filmmakers decided to create an exhibit documenting 30 signs, though there are more than 200 plastered around the city. pittsburghmagazine.com/8-…
The peak of Mount Lee, famous for the HOLLYWOOD sign, was shortened by 69 feet and then flattened to accommodate the sprawling mansion of filmmaker Mack Sennett but the Wall Street Crash of 1929 wiped out his fortune. kcet.org/shows/lost-la/wh…
David Quinn, a former host of the PBS children's science series 3-2-1 Contact is one of the co-founders of allrecipes.com. He's also a high school teacher, entrepenuer, filmmaker, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The name Napoleon Dynamite was originally a pseudonym used by Elvis Costello as early as 1982. Filmmaker Jared Hess claimed that he was unaware of the fact until two days before he finished shooting his film with the same name - a teenage extra pointed it out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
After Cosby actor Geoffrey Owens was spotted working as a cashier at a grocery store in New Jersey in 2018, he was initially job-shamed on social media. Shortly afterwards, filmmaker Tyler Perry tweeted the actor a job offer. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
The Trevor Project, an LGTBQ youth charity, was started when HBO wanted to air a helpline number during a short film about a suicidal gay teen. Upon realizing that no such hotline existed, the filmmakers decided to create one themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1958 the filmmaker William Castle came up with one of the most famous movie marketing stunts of all time. Upon purchasing a ticket to the Movie "Macabre" you were also given a $1,000 life insurance policy. If you died of fright during the film, the film promised to pay out to your heirs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
"bedsheet ghosts" were a way for filmmakers and illustrators to distinguish between the dead and living in their projects, and that the bedsheet is actually a burial shroud. thedailybeast.com/who-inv…
Hugh Jackman, at 1.90 (6ft3in), stands 30cm taller than Wolverine, portrayed in the comic as 1.60 (5ft3in). When they made X-Men (2000) the filmmakers were forced to shoot Jackman at unusual angles or from the waist up to make him appear shorter, and his co-stars wore platform soles. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Jurassic Park's visual effects were so groundbreaking to filmmakers that it inspired Peter Jackson to begin work on Lord of the Rings, George Lucas to start on the Star Wars prequels, and Stanley Kubrick to invest in his pet project, A.I (Artificial Intelligence). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
Tom Hanks' debut film role was in the 1980 slasher, "He Knows You're Alone," Portraying a minor role that was originally planned to be killed off. The filmmakers grew so fond of Hanks that they decided to keep his character alive instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_…
Jurassic Park's visual effects were so groundbreaking to filmmakers that it inspired George Lucas to start working on the Star Wars prequels, Stanley Kubrick to invest in pet project, A.I Artificial Intelligence, and Peter Jackson to work on Lord of the Rings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
The Army pressured the filmmakers of Black Hawk Down to change the name of the war hero portrayed by Ewan McGregor because the real life soldier is serving a 30 year prison term for raping his six year old daughter ratical.org/ratville/JFK/…
There's a hotline filmmakers can call for science advice with the goal of helping filmmakers incorporate accurate science into their films scienceandentertainmentex…
Charles Lyne, a British filmmaker, raised $8486 to force two people to watch a 10 hour 7 minute movie of paint drying. Those two people were employees of the BBFC, responsible for classifying movies, and the stunt was done to protest the BBFC's power of censorship. mashable.com/2016/01/26/p…
Mr. Rogers gave George A. Romero (director of Night of The Living Dead) his first paying gig as a filmmaker. He would go on to make a series of segments for the show including one about Mr. Rogers getting a tonsillectomy in which he jokingly considers it as the scariest film he's ever made. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
In the early days of film and television filmmakers thought nothing about painting a white stuntman with black makeup to double for a black actor. Until Bill Cosby refused to let a white man with black face double for him. His actions paved way for the Black Stuntmen's Association. narrative.ly/the-stuntmen…
The DoD sometimes lends military equipment to hollywood filmmakers for free - IF all the content in the film is approved by the DoD. youtube.com/watch?v=_NoFT…
There are over 250 Indigenous languages in Australia but awareness about them is very low. Most Australians still believe that there is a single Aboriginal language. The myth of the single Aboriginal language has allowed for filmmakers’ uncritical use of Djinpa, based in other regions theconversation.com/some-…
A filmmaker dreamed for decades about making a film about passengers on a train, but had trouble finding funding for a documentary whose subjects could only be discovered after shooting began. He passed away a month before his film "In Transit" premiered indiewire.com/2017/06/alb…
One of the few reasons why the film industry is based in California because filmmakers wanted to get away from Thomas Edison, who owned nearly all film-making patents based in New Jersey. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covered Los Angeles County, was known not to enforce patent claims. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
When the US Navy refused to cooperate during the filming of the movie Crimson Tide, filmmakers waited outside Pearl Harbor for a submarine to head to sea and chased it with a boat and helicopter to get the shot of it submerging. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
The filmmakers of "Lord of War" used a real stockpile of over 3,000 AK-47s because it was cheaper than getting prop guns. abovetopsecret.com/forum/…
Because of his popularity, when Bruce Lee died, filmmakers in China and Taiwan created an exploitation sub-genre devoted to action films starring Lee lookalikes called Bruceploitation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
Filmmaker Ralph Bakshi grew up in an all-black neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and got his mother's permission to attend the local segregated school with his friends. The school called the police and, afraid whites would riot if they learned that a white student was attending, expelled him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ral…
After watching a fictional snuff film called "Flowers of Flesh and Blood", Charlie Sheen was convinced it was real, so he contacted the FBI to investigate it. After the filmmakers proved it was only a movie, the investigation was dropped uproxx.com/movies/about-t…
Filmmaker James Cameron reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, in the Deepsea Challenger submersible on March 26, 2012. He is the first person to do this in a solo descent, and is only the third person to do so ever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
When the US Navy refused to cooperate during the filming of the movie Crimson Tide, filmmakers waited outside Pearl Harbor for a submarine to head to sea and chased it with a boat and helicopter to get the shot of it submerging. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
In 2001, a documentary filmmaker set out to expose the Westboro Baptist Church for their "hate-mongering" beliefs. He instead joined the church, and is now one of the top pastors. pitch.com/kansascity/at-w…
A filmmaker, in order to expose "the general absurdity of what we all believe," became a fake spiritual guru and ended up with a real group of followers who called him "the living embodiment of the divine." abcnews.go.com/Entertainm…
Max Brooks, the author of World War Z, is the son of comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
Comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks not only discovered Dave Chappelle, he also discovered Gene Wilder (The original Willy Wonka). He also served as a Combat Engineer in the Battle of the Bulge, defusing explosives, and set up his own loud speakers and sang to enemy propaganda loudspeakers. therobotsvoice.com/2012/0…
Nigeria's film industry in booming. Nollywood has quickly grown into a $3 billion dollar industry that is creating a new generation of Nigerian filmmakers. Nollywood produces thousands of movies per year, most of them on shoestring budgets and made within days youtube.com/watch?v=DfAfv…
Several of German filmmaker Werner Herzog's early films were shot on a camera he stole from a film school he never attended. He never considered it theft because he believes his "natural right for a camera" is equivalent to everyone’s right of needing β€œair to breathe”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
The original TRON (1982) was not considered for a visual effects Oscar because the Academy felt the filmmakers had cheated by using computers. youtube.com/watch?v=ohoBY…
Today I learned of Forgotten Silver, a documentary about New Zealand filmmaker Colin McKenzie who invented the tracking shot, the close-up, sound and color film, and powered aircraft several months before the Wright Brothers. The film was a hoax but it fooled many TV viewers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
One major reason that Hollywood emerged as the center of filmmaking is that early on, most moviemaking patents were held by Thomas Edison's company in New Jersey, and filmmakers were sued to stop their productions. To escape this, they began moving out west, where enforcement was difficult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
In the movie "Fight Club" Tyler Durden was originally going to recite a workable recipe for home-made explosives as he does in the novel. But in the interest of public safety, the filmmakers decided to substitute fictional recipes for the real ones. bromygod.com/2014/03/07/3…
In 2001 BMW released a series of short films called "The Hire" that featured famous filmmakers, starred Clive Owen as the β€œDriver”, and highlighted the performance aspects of BMW cars. It was a huge success and helped increase car sales 12% over the previous year. bmwblog.com/2009/08/25/vi…
The American Humane Association withheld its "no animals were harmed..." disclaimer for "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" because the filmmakers accidentally killed several tropical fish while making the movie humanehollywood.org/index…
Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan swore on the Bible that he walked on the moon for a moon conspiricy filmmaker youtube.com/watch?v=7Djbj…
A man named Peter Wade derailed a train in 1982 to see what would happen, crushing the engineer who used his body to protect a teenager. Wade later went to WallStreet and made millions trading stock and then became a hollywood filmmaker. abcnews.go.com/2020/story…
Dean Koontz decided not to sue the filmmakers of High Tension for plagiarizing his book Intensity because he found the film to be so puerile, so disgusting, and so intellectually bankrupt he didn't want the association with it that would come from a lawsuit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
Filmmaker Richard Linklater has been working on a 12 year film since 2002, filming a fictional narrative of a boy growing up, as the boy really grows up thefilmstage.com/news/ric…
In 2006 German filmmaker Uwe Boll, widely regarded as one of the worst directors in the world, challenged five of his harshest critics to a 10-round boxing match. The fights went ahead (in an event dubbed β€˜Raging Boll’) and Boll went on to beat all his opponents. wired.com/2006/12/ragingb…
How filmmakers create childbirth scenes. They make the "goo" on the baby's skin out of high-fructose corn syrup. theguardian.com/film/2016…
There is a 1972 documentary about The Rolling Stones that contains so much sex and drug use that the band took the filmmaker to court to stop it from being released. The film was named 'Cocksucker Blues.' rollingstone.com/music/ne…
In order to control the spider's movements in the 1990 movie 'Arachnophobia', filmmakers attached minuscule leashes to their abdomens with wax and in some extreme intances, glued tiny metal plates, controled by electromagnets, to their tummies. ew.com/article/1990/07/27…
Leni Riefenstahl, a Nazi filmmaker was the first foreigner to receive a Sudanese passport, for attempting to make a documentary in Sudan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len…
Stalin exiled a filmmaker to a city in the Arctic circle for 10 years for dating his daughter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sve…
Stephen King has a policy stating that any aspiring filmmaker can adapt his short stories for $1. imdb.com/title/tt0111161/…
Abigail Disney, the grandniece of Walt Disney, used to lie to people as a child that she wasn't related and thought that the Disney name was "ruining her intellectualness" in people's eyes when she studied at Yale. Only later in her adult life did she embrace her surname and became a filmmaker youtube.com/watch?v=sac6O…
Today I learned of Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj, an Indian activist and documentary filmmaker, dubbed by the BBC as "The woman who fights for men's rights" bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Quentin Tarantino got the inspiration to use manga comics to portray the gruesome violence in Kill Bill from Indian filmmaker Kamal haasan timesofindia.indiatimes.c…
Matt Damon did not take part in military training exercises with Tom Hanks and other actors prior to filming Saving Private Ryan. The filmmakers wanted to preserve a real-life resentment of Damon because the other actors' characters resented Private Ryan in the film. warriorsinc.com/FilmThoug…
In 1991, actor Charlie Sheen contacted the FBI after watching a Japanese Horror Film , convinced that the movie depicted footage of an actual murder. After an investigation, the filmmakers were forced to prove that the gore shown in the movie had all been created using special effects en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Today I learned that a Spanish language version of Dracula was made at the same time as Bela Lugosi's classic using the same sets and script. It is considered by many critics to be a better film as they filmmakers used the dailies to improve on the work of the other production. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr%…
Stalin's daughter fell in love with a 40 year old filmmaker when she was 16. According to Svetlana, as a result, Stalin had the man exiled to the Arctic Circle for ten years to work forced labor in a gulag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sve…
Werner Herzog, the documentary filmmaker, once ate his shoe because he lost a bet. He made a documentary out of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
Filmmaker Kevin Smith, of Jay & Silent Bob fame, did not smoke weed until he was 38 - following the box office failure of Zack & Miri wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_…
At the age of 12, Greg Sestero (Mark from The Room) wrote a sequel to the then-recently released 1990 film Home Alone with a leading role for himself. He submitted the screenplay to Hughes Productions and received a commendatory letter from filmmaker John Hughes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Wizard of Oz filmmakers used a white horse and sponged it down with different colors of Jell-O crystals to create the "horse-of-a-different-color." The horse made it difficult to film as it wanted to lick the crystals off itself. parklaneequestrian.com/th…
The Felix character was borrowed from the popular 1920s cartoon "Felix the Cat" by pioneering L.A. automobile dealer Winslow Felix, who opened Felix Chevrolet in 1921 at 12th Street and Grand Avenue. Felix was a friend of filmmaker Pat Sullivan, whose studio created the mischievous character. felixchevrolet.com/welcom…
In Star Trek IV, the San Franciscan woman Koenig asks about the nuclear wessels was paid as a non-speaking extra after her car was towed from the filming area. When she actually spoke back to him and the filmmakers decided to keep her line, she had to be inducted into the Screen Actors Guild. huffingtonpost.com/brian-…
A documentary filmmaker and his crew were given unique permission to go on a scuba diving expedition 800 feet beneath the Hagia Sophia, one of the largest and oldest cathedrals in the world weburbanist.com/2010/02/1…
Filmmaker Wes Anderson is the great-grandson of Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
George Lucas was heavily influenced by Canadian avant-garde filmmakers and borrowed the idea for The Force from the film 21-87 by director Arthur Lipsett (and the # of Leia's holding cell on the Death Star was.... 2187) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Josef Stalin exiled a filmmaker to a city near the Arctic circle for engaging in a romantic relationship with Stalin's 16 year old daughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sve…
Every seven years, filmmaker Michael Apted would follow around the same group of Brits and see how their lives are progressing. The series started when they were seven, and the most recent version happened when they were 56 wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_Ser…
Moby has uploaded over 150 free tracks for use by independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short. mobygratis.com
The Beatles asked legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick to direct them in an adaptation of Lord of the Rings - only to be shut down by J.R.R. Tolkien himself. blastr.com/2010/11/little…
The filmmakers were denied permission to film Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom in North India and Amer Fort due to the government finding the script racist and offensive. It was also banned in India wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian…
On September 10, 2001, a filmmaker living in the World Trade Center filmed 7 hours of continuous footage of NYC from the window; the short film is called "Uno Nunca Muere La Vispera" monikabravo.com/SEPTEMBER…
Superman II was filmed simultaneously along with the original in 1977. Due to cost overruns and dysfunction on the set, filming on the sequel was halted only 75% completed, and the ending to Superman I changed. The filmmakers decided that if Superman I was a hit, they'd finish Superman II. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
In the original theatrical release of "Alexander," the filmmakers avoided using BC dates because test screening audiences did not understand that 356 BC was earlier than 323 BC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Bernie Tiede was released from his life sentence in prison in May on the condition that he stay in Austin, TX and live with the filmmaker of 'Bernie'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Filmmaker Theo van Gogh (who shared his name with his great-grandfather, Vincent van Gogh's brother) was assassinated for openly criticizing Islam en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The slate used at the start of takes in film production is called a "clapperboard", and it is used to sync the audio track with the video footage. It has been used by filmmakers since the earliest sound films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…

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