Miramax Home Entertainment's Project Greenlight is a 4-Disc collector's series that includes the 12-part HBO hit documentary series, the unveiling of the movie Stolen Summer and more than 6-hours of bonus materials. Projec... more »t Greenlight began as an Internet competition (staged by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore) held to find a script to produce. Out of more than 10,000 entries, former insurance salesman Pete Jones was selected. Jones not only got to direct the film, but was also given a $1 million budget from Miramax Films and a guaranteed theatrical release. The series chronicled how Jones, a first-time director, had to manage the difficulties involved in making his movie.« less
"What started as a simple Internet contest transformed into one of the most acclaimed reality series to hit cable for quite some time. Pete Jones was the winner and was given the opportunity to direct his film, "Stolen Summer." Sounds easy, right? WRONG!With these episodes, you get to see all the drama, all the battles, and all of the controvercy that took place during the filming of "Stolen Summer." From casting complications to the infamous beach incident, they're all here, uncut and uncensored.I for one really enjoyed the series. It was a look into directing that I had never witnessed before. I never knew how complicated and stressful it is for the director, even when it comes to getting ONE scene into the can!This spectacular DVD package includes four disks. On these disks you will find twelve episodes, the full length movie "Stolen Summer," and a disk full of all sorts of extras and goodies.The disks go something like this:Disk One: The complete film "Stolen Summer," with extra features that include audio commentary from the director, co-producer and producer Chris Moore, the theatrical trailer, 2 deleted scenes (with choice of commentary or no commentary), and Pete Jones' "Project Greenlight" scene vs. the final film. I highly recommend the full length commentary. It's funny and informative at the same time.Disk Two: Episodes 1-6. (Or Episodes 101-106, if you want to be more accurate.)Disk Three: Episodes 7-12. (Or Episodes 107-112, if you would like again to be more accurate.)Disk Four: A bonus disk with tons of extras that include notable filmmaker videos from the contest, the Top 10 videos, Top 10 "Where are they now" videos, "The Chris Moore Challenge," the Top 10 3-minute scenes from the Top 3 contestants, and lessons from "Project Greenlight" that you didn't get to see on the show. "The Chris Moore Challenge" is guaranteed to get a laugh out of you, especially when you see Ben Afleck's impression. The extended lessons were also interesting and funny, especially Kevin Smith's conversation with Pete. There's some great filmmaking tips in it if you're interested.Note: Since this was broadcasted on HBO, all of the strong language is in it, so it's not really recommended for younger viewers. The language can get pretty intense at times, but it adds to the realistic element of filmmaking. Not to mention it's funny as hell at times. (If you thought Afleck and Damon had potty mouths in "Goodwill Hunting......")I really enjoyed "Project Greenlight." And I'm glad they released the complete series on DVD. Again, if you like the series and want the movie as well, DO NOT BUY THE MOVIE SEPARATELY! The movie already comes with the series. It was quite remarkable to see how the movie evolved from all of the battles and controvercy. I was a little worried about the movie, because there was a lot of drama that went on during the filming, but the movie turned out really good. (I'll write a seperate review of the movie "Stolen Summer" VERY shortly.) Forget "Survivor," this is the ultimate reality series! Filled with over 6 hours of bonus material, the "Project Greenlight" DVD package is a must-have for anyone who loved the show. It's also a great show for those who are new to it. I can't wait for the new season, and I hope it comes to HBO very soon."
Interested in the film industry, definitely worth buying!
Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 11/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After reading the so-so reviews, all I can say is to each their own. If you are a filmmaker, interested in the film industry...this four DVD set is jam-packed! First, let's talk about DVD 2-3. The Project Greenlight twelve episode series. I literally couldn't stop after each episode, I literally wanted to keep watching all episodes in one sitting and I did. You really get a good behind-the-scenes look at the making of a film. Sure, probably not in-depth that people would like but nevertheless a really good behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Stolen Summer" and the difference of opinions and the stress that goes on. You literally can feel it.DVD 4. This DVD is packed with video entries from the top competitors in the contest from their personal videos of why they should be selected to the top 10's short films and more. There is also the act like Chris Moore competition and of course Project Redlight and also advice. There is just so much stuff on this fourth DVD. I've been a vistor of the Project Greenlight Website since this competition and it is great to see the competitor videos included on the DVD.And DVD 1. This includes "Stolen Summer" movie, deleted scenes, director and producer's commentary.I don't know...I pretty much looked at this video like the many filmmaking books that I have and saw it more as a really good investment. It's like how many filmmakers purchase "El Mariachi" for Rodriguez's filmmaking advice (and his cool book), this is also a worthy purchase. With all four DVD's packed with so much and for the price I got it for, I don't see how you can go wrong with this DVD. Definitely worth buying!"
"There are times after I have seen a movie, I say to myself "I wonder how could they have made this film?", "Who the producer who took a risk on this script?", "Why didn't they get such and such an actor for that role?" or "Why did they have such a down ending?". After viewing the first season of HBO's Project Greenlight on four dvds, I have a better concept of filmmaking nad the process involved behind the scenes.
I have read Jerry Lewis's theThe Total Film-Maker.and understand the basic concepts of how the film starts from the script to final production. If you find a copy, read it!
Here in this documentary DVD set is director Pete Jones's filmmaking odyssey from being a novice screen writer (selected from an on line script contest) to selection of his script Stolen Summer (with producers Ben Affleck, Chris Moore & Matt Damon) greenlighted by Miramax. Then Jones had to make a budget and rewriting his script to fit his budget and not lose his cinematic vision. After that, there was the process of locations, casting actors, filming, to editing his final print. Jones's film education is well documented in this mini series.
To see it on DVD, you have a better chance to digest this series and Jones's filmmaking expierences...because you are with him for the journey as camera is on him personally and his cinematic vision. It is not always a positive or happy expierence. Sometimes you see the deals and the compromises you make, when making a movie
There are guests along the way like Jay Leno, Kevin Smith, Harvey Weinstein, and many others filling the twelve week series.
Included in this four disk DVD package is Pete Jones's final released cut of his film Stolen Summer with his audio commentary.
This DVD set shows what it takes to make films. since this is a small budget film, you can picture the bigger hassles that the large multi million dollar epic must go through...What an eduction this DVD series really is.
This is worth viewing for the filmmaker, the film student, the film buff and those people who like to understand better the process of filmmaking. However, it is also amazing journey for those who like reality television.
To watch the process is something that we all should view and this is a first rate showcase. This DVD set shows the real HOLLYWOOD from the hype that it usually shows
The extra features of the fourth disk shows the producers can poke fun at themselves and well as educate, So watch and learn
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD"
Enlightening & Inspiring
J. Cook | Arlington, VA USA | 10/15/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've worked in documentary film production for a couple decades now, and while I'd definitely recommend this entire package (I devoured the four disks in a day), it should not be considered complete without reading the "Bylines" at the Project Greenlight website at . As seems inevitable with modern "reality television" (when's somebody going to acknowledge the difference between reality and realism?), the feature filmmakers complain that the episodes in the television program were grossly distorted for exaggerated drama. This DVD set contains the 12-part HBO series following the Project Greenlight experience start to finish, misc extras, and the entire feature film that resulted, titled "Stolen Summer". I found that observing the process was terrifically enlightening and quite inspiring. It's valuable as a privileged peek at a major production effort, and a demonstration of how tough it is behind the scenes. Apparently, students interviewed after the program felt they were less interested in pursuing film production as a career (seeing how complicated and stressful it really is), but it would have had the opposite effect on me when I was starting out. I found it most of all to demystify (demythify?) the feature film industry, and to show it as a real process carried out by real people. That's a huge hurdle to overcome to people considering any part of this business.I was a bit disappointed on one level with the lack of insight to the actual creative strategies of the director, the cinematographer and the editor, admittedly a much harder thing to illustrate and perhaps less accessible for the hovering video crew. Because of that, I think this HBO television program is most of all an observation of the difficulties of film producing. The producer of the feature seems to have taken some public lumps from his portrayal on the show, but I have to say what I saw was quite subdued in some of my experience, even in documentary production. Like the other participants, the program does show that they were all reacting to unfolding events during production with the intention of improving the workflow and/or the final product. Showing the shifting pressures of the process seems to be what the entire effort was about, and why it's such a valuable experience to watch happen.This first Project Greenlight television program is much more a case study of producing than anything else. They have already begun the next contest, and I hope instead of recreating the same views again with a different group, the next HBO series focuses more specifically on the thought processes of the other creative participants. Still, if you have any interest in film production on any practical level, you shouldn't miss this program."
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rogar131 | New York, NY United States | 07/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First, the movie. "Stolen Summer" isn't bad, definitely not great, but for a first-time director with no real filmmaking experience at all, it's a pretty good effort. Sure I'm grading on a curve here, but when you see some of the dreck put out by people with plenty of experience, "Summer" begins to seem more than worthy to be called a film. Throughout the series, many involved express concerns that the script ventured too far down into Afterschool Special territory, and to some extent, they were right. The nice thing about the script is that it manages to avoid getting too preachy (given the clash of religions at the story's core, that is a feat in itself) and the attitudes of all the characters to young Pete's quest ring surprisingly true, at least, in a nice, better world scenario. As a directed film, The pacing is a bit slow, scenes can be a bit static, and the child actors in the leads could be a bit stronger, but these are not unusual problems in movies with bigger budgets and more accomplished directors, "Phantom Menace", anyone?Enough defense of Pete Jones, and on to the series. As a general rule, I steer clear of the "reality" genre as it has developed into public humiliation of private citizens while avoiding the need to pay writers (it probably keeps film and video editors in banner business, however). "Project Greenlight" is an exception. Why? Well for one thing, the end result is at least a creative endeavor and not just some idiot getting a lot of money or a usless marriage proposal. For another, you also learn a little something about the business of making a movie, usless of course if you could care less, but it's better than watching "Survivor" for wilderness survival tips."