I know, I know, I’m a couple days late, so sue me. It has been a really busy week at um, work… yeah, that’ll do. Anyways, On the Lot episode 8 aired Tuesday night and, thanks to the wonders of modern technology (see also: a digital PVR), I recorded it so I could watch it tonight instead. And watch it I will!
Episode 7 of On The Lot saw short film director Marty Martin get the axe for his efforts, and even though I didn’t think Marty was the most deserving of elimination, I’m still not all that sad to see him go. As long as incredibly talented short film creators Zach Lipovsky and Andrew Hunt are still in the running, I’ll keep watching.
Last weeks episode of On The Lot saw filmmakers Will Bigham, Jason Epperson, Zach Lipovsky, Mateen Kemet and Jess Brillhart premire their newest short films to, unfortunately, less then stellar reviews. Of all five shorts films, only two were any good. Those two were, of course, Zach Lipovsky’s Sunshine Girl and Will Bigham’s Glass Eye.
Based on last weeks fairly poor showing, my pick for the contestant to be eliminated in episode 8 is… Jess Brillhart, for her steaming pile of crap film, The Orchard.
So, now that I’ve made my pick, lets get on with the show and see what goes down!
ON THE LOT
June 26, 2007
Tonight’s guest judge is Mark Waters, best known as the director of Mean Girls.
The contesants on the chopping block are Will Bigham, Jason Epperson, Zach Lipovsky, Mateen Kemet and Jess Brillhart.
The short film director eliminated on episode 8 of On The Lot is… Jess Brillhart!
Well, I can’t say that I am in the least bit surprised about that decision. I, personally, thought her film was crap and my feelings were shared by all of the judges. With that business taken care of, lets get on to the night’s movie premieres! Tonight’s six contestants were instructed to create new comedy shorts, and here they are:
Dr. In-Law by Shalini Kantayya (Watch It!)
Description: A routine check-up at a Dr’s office turns out to be anything but.
My Thoughts: Shalini was a mess on the set and had no control over her cast. With that being said, her short film turned out absolutely fantastic. Very funny for someone that’s not big into directing comedy.
Judges Thoughts: Carrie thought it really was funny and she can do comedy. Mark got some good laughs out of it and thought the camera work was good. Garry loved it, but it didn’t feel quite complete in the end.
Discovering the Wheels by Adam Stein (Watch It!)
Description: A story about a brand new Ford Mustange that materializes in the time of cavemen.
My Thoughts: Cute idea for a short film with a clever ending, but it all seemed to much like a Ford Mustang commercial for my liking.
Judges Thoughts: Carrie thought it was very ambitious, but he bit off more than he could chew. Mark didn’t think he nailed the ending. Garry thought it was a nice film and it held his attention, even if he called him Zach by accident.
Nerve Endings by Will Bigham (Watch It!)
Description: Two surgeons decide to test a patients reflexes while performing brain surgery.
My Thoughts: Great story, very well filmed and executed. Totally original idea for a comedy short, I loved it.
Judges Thoughts: Carrie said only he could make blood and an exposed brain adorable, an amazing feat. Mark thought it was a misfire and was horrified. Garry was scared a little bit, but thought it was a funny film.
Under The Gun by Hilary Graham (Watch It!)
Description: A woman desperate to find the right man and have a child takes an unconvenital route to finding the right man.
My Thoughts: Clever idea for a film, funny and well executed, until the end, that is. The end was just stupid and cheesy and ruined it for me.
Judges Thoughts: Carrie said she redeemed herself, thought it was really good. Mark thought it was funny and exciting, but the ending was lacking. Garry said it was very good.
How To Have A Girl by David May (Watch It!)
Description: A couple experiment with different ways of ensuring the sex of a child when an arguement erupts with comedic results.
My Thoughts: Clever idea for a film, but not very well executed and not funny.
Judges Thoughts: Carrie thought it was confusing, didn’t get it. Mark didn’t think it delivered, not a lot of laughs. Garry thought the bedroom wrestling scene was better then the one in Borat.
Die Hardly Working by Zach Lipovsky (Watch It!)
Description: wo co-workers, while working in their cubicles, become bored, declare war on one another and an battle of epic perportions ensues.
My Thoughts: Great idea for a film, well written and shot. The sound effects were brilliant and the ending was great.
Judges Thoughts: Carrie thought it was completely charming, fantastic. Mark said he’s incredibly talented and it’s a story everyone can relate to. Garry thought it was very well shot and entertaining.
Carrie Fisher – Die Hardly Working by Zach Lipovsky
Garry Marshall – Die Hardly Working by Zach Lipovsky
Mark Waters – Die Hardly Working by Zach Lipovsky
I don’t know, this is the hardest choices I’ve had to make all season. Die Hardly Working by Zach Lipovsky and Dr. In-Law by Shalini Kantayya were without a doubt the best films of the night. I don’t think I can pick one of the two as a favorite, to be honest, I liked them both to much.
There you have it, another episode of On The Lot comes to an end. Next week’s episode will feature the other six contestants premiering their all new horror movies!
On The Lot episode 9 airs on the Fox Television Network on July 3 at 8/7c. Stay tuned for a full recap of the show right here on dingoRUE.com!