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Director and Writer Eric Dow ("Honor in the Valley of Tears") brings us his second documentary as he goes behind the scenes of the fan fiction short film, "Batman: Dead End." In the winter of 2003 commercial director Sandy Collora and some of his friends set out to make a low-budget short film for his demo reel. What they wound up actually doing was making one of the most elaborate, most watched, most talked about and most controversial short films ever made: Batman Dead End. Considering the amount of press and admiration Batman: Dead End garnered,
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I've watched this multiple times and it still interests me. It's the story of a group of guys making a fan film with the intention of launching the career of their leader Sandy Collora.
The whole process is really neat to see and I credit the film maker of this documentary with his story telling ability.
The short film they make (Batman: Dead End) gets a tremendous amount of buzz and the assumption was that Sandy would go on to get a major study deal. What follows is an absolute train wreck. Every aspiring director should watch this documentary to learn what not to do.
I think Sandy Collora is a very creative and talented guy. But if you pressed me to describe him in one sentence it would be "He's Kanye West without the hit records." He passes on movies he deems as garbage showing no respect for other people in his chosen profession while at the same time promoting his own stories and scripts which is all but impossible until you really prove yourself in the industry. For a guy who is in his mid 30s to just say, "ok I'm gonna write and direct films now" with no practical experience and expect things to get handed to him is painfully naïve.
Several people in the film also allude to Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy as if they inspired him, also that Heath Ledger's Joker was directly ripped from the guy who played the Joker in this short film which is pure insanity. I mean really. lol I highly recommend watching this documentary, it's on Hulu Plus atm.