Monday, May 22, 2006

Spielberg "On the Lot"

A new reality TV show "On the Lot" is currently taking submissions for aspiring filmmakers who think they have it and are willing to prove it. Mark Burnett, the creator of hit reality shows such as "Survivor", "American Idol", & "The Apprentice" to name a few, has teamed up with award winning Director Steven Spielburg in a new exciting show called "On the Lot".

This is a very exciting concept and I am very interested to see how this show plays out. I am a fan of most of Burnett's shows and think this one will be really good and I know entertaining. Unlike "Project Greenlight" which though interesting, this new show will actually select 16 filmmakers who will each be assigned to create a film every week. They will write it, shoot it and edit it within one week’s time and the audience will vote who goes home. This is much like "American Idol" but this time it's filmmakers who are needing to shine and show us what they really got. Pretty cool huh?

The winner will be offered an actual $1-million development deal with Dreamworks and get on the lot!

Airing next spring on FOX, this unscripted series will feature a cast of 16 undiscovered filmmakers who will compete to win the support of the show’s viewers, as their fate will be decided by a weekly audience vote. The competition will air over two nights weekly, with a one-hour “Film Premiere” episode, followed the next night by a half-hour “Box Office” results show.

Every week, the hopeful filmmakers will produce short films from a chosen genre, running the gamut from comedies to thrillers, personal dramas to romance, sci-fi to horror. They’ll have access to the best resources the industry has to offer -- professional writers, cast and crew, and maybe even Hollywood celebrities.After the teams have battled time frames, budgets and all the usual chaos that goes along with filmmaking, their films will debut and be critiqued in front of a live audience during the “Film Premiere” episode. Judges will include a high-ranking motion picture executive, a prominent film critic and a succession of well-respected guests, such as directors who are experts in the week’s featured genre. But the filmmakers ultimately will be judged by the harshest critics of all … the public.

If any of you are interested you can submit your film here
and fill out an application to be on the show here:

Maybe I will throw my lot to the wind and see what flys back to hit me in the face :)
I have read some comments on this show that audiences are not interested in the BTS of film making and that this new show "On the Lot" will flop, as the interest just isn't there. Actually I think it's a brilliant idea and one I will be sure to watch. Audiences today are much more sophisticated (for the most part) and actually have seen the smoke and mirrors of how movies are made. Sales for DVDs are greater with the bonus disk of BTS and "makings of" footage on movies. More people are fascinated and enjoy this material. If you put it in perspective, think of it this way.. most people dream of making movies and within almost everyone one of us is a secret desire to be a big time filmmaker or actor or involved in entertainment.

Why? I am not sure, other then how we loved movies as kids, how we fantasize at the gross wealth of stars and the glamour and fame. Filmmakers and stars are the royalty of our world and of course everyone dreams to be a prince or princess. the sad truth is that it is a hard ass, back breaking job and I think this show will really let people see how hard film making is and how many man hours goes into making a film happen. It's not some fat guy sitting in a chair smoking a cigar yelling action, but sleepless days and yelling and biting and that goes with it.. sounds like fun huh? Yeah, we love it. Either way I am sure to watch and who knows maybe try to get on.. yeah :)


TEET said...

Jump on it Shane!!!! You got us fans to cheer you on!

Shane Felux said...

LOL .. your way to kind! You have to consider there is a great deal of wonderful talent out there and artists much stronger and better then a hack like me my friend :)
I doubt if "On the Lot" would be interested in me, but as I always state, you lose nothing in trying and you have to try I suppose. what do you have to lose? Best they will tell you is "thanks, but no thanks" if that.. more likely "don't call us we'll call you" and all 5 of you that read this blog .. I appreciate the support. You are very kind.

CaseVandy said...

Ahhh Shane... Lucas' staff sent you a nice 'get lost kid' letter. That's saying something!!!!!

Dude! you should go for it.. you have great talent, and a huge fanbase..



Shane Felux said...

Modest.. nah. I consider myself a realist, and I call a spade a spade :)

But I am sure I will put out for "On The Lot" and see what they say. Could be fun. What the hell.

Jo said...

I'm glad to hear that you're going to submit a film for this! I think you have a very good chance of making it through the first round. Please keep us posted! --Jo

Manuel said...

hello Shane, i am from Argentina, i've seen yor movie revelations and hope sonn to see the new one pitching... u r really talented in this directing thing... u shuld try the spielberg reality ... i think, if that reality is completelly real, that u'll win... see u