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Miramax Home Entertainment along with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore present PROJECT GREENLIGHT ... a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the Hollywood filmmaking process that documents all the hurdles and pitfalls encountered by first-time filmmakers as they bring their labor of love to the big screen! This special three-disc collection includes the complete second season of the acclaimed HBO series, extensive bonus material, and the finished theatrically released project THE BATTLE OF SHAKER HEIGHTS -- starring Shia LaBeouf and Amy Smart.
Anyone contemplating a career as a screenwriter or film director--or anyone who simply wonders how movies get made--would do well to watch Project Greenlight 2 from beginning to end. The second season of the HBO reality series, co-created by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and producer Alex Keledjian, follows the creation of Miramax feature The Battle of Shaker Heights from unknown screenplay through various levels of Greenlight competition to first-run theatrical feature with a big, Hollywood premiere. The road to completion, however, runs through hell many times over. Shaker Heights writer Erica Beeney, having survived Greenlight's script contest and intimidating meetings with Affleck, Damon, and various producers and executives from Miramax and elsewhere, is matched with the directing team of Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin, who have undergone similar trials. With little time to celebrate, the winners moves into production offices in Los Angeles and confront a stark reality: A lot of people are involved in getting a movie made, and very often a writer or director is just one voice among many.
The most interesting backstage dramas in the series take place during pre-production for Shaker Heights, when casting proves to be a nightmare, time runs short, and Miramax starts insisting that Potelle and Rankin take the actors they're told to take. Part of the problem is that the team, new to the big leagues, often look like startled deer. They don't know how to talk to stars or make decisions quickly, they question the need for vital crew members, and they don't understand that in the absence of leadership a panicked studio will take over. Still, everyone gets through intact, and after a couple of episodes detailing Shaker Heights' actual shoot (with stars Shia LaBeouf, Kathleen Quinlan, William Sadler, and Amy Smart), the editing and marketing processes become a new kind of misery, threatening to destroy the film and end careers. It's all very engrossing, and its good to have a DVD of the highly enjoyable The Battle of Shaker Heights (which comes with this set and offers a "jump-to" feature linking select scenes to Project Greenlight background info) to prove, in the end, that all that matters are results. --Tom Keogh
Thank you Matt, Ben and Project Green Light for this movie. Wonderfully written story and excellent direction. And Thank you Miramax for having faith. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Joyce Muir
I recently watched reruns of Project Greenlight (season 2), having never heard of it before. In the end, I had to see this movie, and I'm glad that I did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dannyboy
A soap opera for film buffs and wanna be film industry types (such as myself).
Enjoyed every moment of it. Shia where did it all go wrong?
It took me year to finally sit down and watch this movie. I quite enjoyed it. It is defiantly classic Shia, sweet and funny. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shianne C.
I'm interested in what goes behind the scenes of a motion picture. Turns out there is a lot more to the process than one might expect. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Scott FS
The product as a video was fine. I enjoyed the movie except I could not understand why I had sub titles when they were speaking English. Read morePublished on May 26, 2010 by Robert V. Hayes
Project Greenlight season two was very entertaining, unlike the movie that resulted from it. I think it is a wonderful idea, and applaud Ben And Matt for sponsoring it. Read morePublished on October 31, 2009 by H. Guentert
This is a must have if you like Mr. LaBeouf. He wasn't hot back then (cute, I'll give you), but his personality shines through loud and clear, and sweet and funny.Published on May 2, 2009 by emmy