Without A Net: David Milch's Creative Process NR

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"This documentary is more like a feature in that it has a dramatic arc, fly-on-the-wall access to one of America's favorite TV shows, and an unforgettable lead character..." -- Houston Press Jump down the rabbit hole into the unprecedented wonderland of David Milch's last season on NYPD Blue, the award-winning television show he co-created, wrote and produced for seven seasons.

Starring:
Cast and Crew of NYPD Blue
Runtime:
52 minutes

Without A Net: David Milch's Creative Process

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Genres Documentary
Director Marc Ostrick
Starring Cast and Crew of NYPD Blue
Studio Unavailable
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nomi Lubin on April 17, 2013
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This is a revealing, intimate, moving and extraordinary peek into David Milch's compulsive, tortured, impossible way of working, but a way that ultimately made for some of the best work ever on television. By the end of his seven years writing for the show, he was no longer able to have a script for the cast and crew to work off of. He compulsively rewrote and rewrote all the way up until actual filming, making the actors have to learn new lines moments before filming. Cast and crew had extremely mixed feelings about working with him and working in that by-the-seat-of-your-pants fashion. Milch is a good man with a good heart and incredible understanding of the complexity of being human. And he was capable of absolutely brilliant layered and complex writing and storytelling, all with nearly nothing written down. Everyone working with him realized this. But for some, the chaos and constant last-minute-ness was too much. This film captures a glimpse of that terrific conflict and all it's ramifications, good and bad. Many unexpectedly honest moments with the actors. Fans of Blue or of Milch will be fascinated. So too people who work in the industry, as Milch became not just writer, but, in essence, director and editor as well. It's madness. But a kind of madness that those who know Milch's work will understand can lead to truly great drama. Deadwood (Milch's HBO show) fans will probably be particularly interested.

All the footage seems to be either actually during his last week or two of filming the final episodes of season 7, or very shortly after that. So, it's a very in-the-moment view. Would be interesting to see how people felt after he left, how the show changed, how they came to look back on the years with Milch vs the years after he left.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kamili on December 12, 2012
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Interesting although eventually sad doc about provocative time for writer, exiting a popular show...great responsiveness to his environment looks to give way to a kinda awkward anarchy within the ranks...
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By Scott Ellington on September 6, 2014
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The most powerful and influential media exerting force on the cultural vitality of the 20th Century are, and always have been, wholly-owned and operated by private interests. Orson Welles and David Milch found means to fascinate an audience in spite of these impediments.
This documentary clearly illustrates how Milch managed to imbue a lasting product with value running counter to the procedural and policy interests of vested Power. It's unfortunate that the lasting impression presented here is that his own creative pathologies reveal a singular, personal tragedy. I think it doesn't -- rather a phenomenally-effective, incredibly-arduous method of speaking-truths- past-Power shows in the process of an artist whose earned creative freedom continues to blind us to the egoless performance of an instrument of Culture known as David Milch.
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By Ray Obriskie on December 22, 2013
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There's spending time in third world prisons and then there are films about the "creative process." As bad as the inherit tedium of having to sit through a film about the creative process of a television writer is, it is made far worse when the producer of the film is the subjects wife! While sugar coating the insanity of it's subject David Milch, this film takes us to dizzying heights of ego and self centeredness. Access to Mr. Milch, the Fox lot and the cast of NYPD Blue alone does not a documentary make. If there is any reason to sit through this film it is to sit in awe at the lack of perspective, if you are into hero worship and jerking off you are going to be in heaven. The saddest aspect of this train wreck is that Milch is truly gifted, his work speaks for itself. He on the other hand and efforts such as this do him no favors whatsoever. Talk talk talk about me me me. Ugh.
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