Friday, 1 October 2010

Narrative Lecture part 1: Lost in La Mancha

On Tuesday the 21th we have watched a documentary about a man who had the ambition to make a film but didn't have the budget for it. The name of the documentary is Lost in La Mancha.

The documentary is about Terry Gilliam, who directed Brazil, Jabberwocky, Brothers Grimm and Monty python and the Holy Grail, having trouble making a movie on the story of Don Quixote. The Spanish story of Don Quixote is about man who wants to live in a world of fantasy filled with dragons, giants and knights. To make that world real Quixote decided to imagine it all by making his suit of armor out of pots and pans and goes off into his own little adventure.

It was important to watch this documentary because it shows that if you have the greatest idea ever you still need money to make, and it also shows if you have the money everything still goes wrong. Examples would be if an actor was running late, if shooting outside beware of sudden change of weather and if the actor ends up sick. These events can stop a production of a film in a flash, it does not matter how prepared you are it can still happen.

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