‘Brigsby Bear’: Making Stupid Little Videos Led to a $5 Million Sundance Deal

Director Dave McCary and co-writers Kyle Mooney and Kevin Costello have never let a dumb idea slow them down.

There’s a scene in Brigsby Bear where Kyle Mooney’s familiarly awkward protagonist, James, finds himself hunched over the toilet of a dirty cineplex bathroom. Scores of people have come to witness the premiere of his first feature film, also titled Brigsby Bear, but for a man who’s spent the majority of his life held hostage underground, the moment has proven too much.

It may have been a long and arduous journey just to find himself hovering over a toilet bowl, but in surrounding himself with the people he loved and pursuing (quite literally) the only thing he knew how to do, James had finally found his own unique way to communicate with the outside world. A friend, Spence, walks into the bathroom and asks him what he’s doing there.

“What if they don’t like it?” James asks.

“Who cares?” Spence replies.

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They’re Making ‘The Lawnmower Man’ Into a Virtual Reality Series For Some Reason

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In Stephen King’s 1978 short story “The Lawnmower Man,” a pagan employee of a lawn service company run by the god Pan murders a new customer with a magic lawnmower. It’s not a great story, but it is what it is. What it is not is a riff on Flowers For Algernon about a mentally challenged greenskeeper who becomes an all-powerful, all-intelligent, telepathic super-villain thanks to early ’90s virtual reality technology. Stephen King sued New Line for slapping his title on a completely different screenplay and advertising the film with his name. I think about this more often than I should, because how the hell did anyone think they could get away with that?

Anyway, the film version of The Lawnmower Man is about to get a second chance at being a thing that exists: it’s being developed as a VR series, which is so on-the-nose that I expect it to cause a nasal fracture.

Jaunt, the same company behind director Doug Liman’s VR series Invisible, is responsible for this one. It should be noted that “The Jaunt” is the title of a 1985 Stephen King short story about teleportation gone hideously awry, just in case you’re like me and are in constant search of unnecessary connections between disparate things.

According to The Verge, the new Lawnmower Man series will be a “a VR realization of the film,” whatever that means. I can’t help but hope that the series retains the 1992 setting of the original film and allows the viewer to experience some truly ghastly early CG imagery using cutting edge modern tech. Otherwise, I have no idea what a VR adaptation of The Lawnmower Man looks or feels like.

Jaunt is currently working on several other VR projects, including a science fiction suspense series called Luna, a political sci-fi series called The Enlightened Ones, a futuristic series about robots called Miss Gloria, and a surreal stoner comedy called Bad Trip. I’ve had enough experience with VR at this point to be completely won over by it as video game experience, but I’m not quite as sold on it as a new form of cinema. The rules are still being written on how to create a satisfying VR movie and I’m not sure we’re 100% there yet. Still, there’s something here. VR isn’t going to replace traditional movies, but it will offer us something new to explore and enjoy.

And one of those things will apparently be a new version of The Lawnmower Man. Sure. Okay.

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8 Things Every New Filmmaker Should Learn Before Making Their First Film

From getting good audio to choosing good costumes, this video covers all the bases of filmmaking for beginners.

For many of us, the way we learned how to make films was simply by making films—horrible, horrible films full of ugly mistakes and shameful regret. (Just me? Didn’t think so.) We used our camera’s built-in microphone for audio. We decided to see what 24 fps looked like mid-project. We tortured our audience gracious moms with super long and tedious expositional scenes.

But, now that the internet is full of helpful videos about how to make better movies, budding filmmakers can learn from other people’s mistakes instead of their own. (Don’t worry, you’ll still learn from the countless other mistakes you’re going to make.) In this video, filmmaker Sebastian Solberg talks about 8 classic noob mistakes in hopes that you can avoid them as you set out on your first project.

Here are the 8 tips mentioned in the video:

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