In the last few months, we've shown you lots of pitch videos that directors have put together from other movies in order to raise money for their own projects. And today we have the video that director Rian Johnson put together while pitching "Looper" several years ago.
Johnson says that he created the video after he finished the script, but before pre-production. It features footage from such films as "Days of Heaven," "Fight Club," "Blade Runner" and "Se7en." It also has Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who stars in "Looper," providing some dialogue.
"I asked Joe to record some voice-over, and with help from my friend Ronen Verbit constructed this 'fake trailer' using clips from other movies," explained Johnson. "This is a fairly common thing to do when you're trying to get a movie off the ground, but it was the first time I tried it. It was meant to show more some of the film's tone, and to show how the odd concept could be presented in a clear and compelling way in the marketing. We hadn't begun the casting process yet, and the clips were chosen just based on their visuals and not by who is in them."
@Brody - Agreed. It was a very refreshing film, and TBPH I could suck the teet from Rian Johnson any day. I was a big fan of Brick, and I thoroughly enjoyed his "Wes Anderson" feel in The Brothers Bloom. There was one troubling, laughable thing in the film though. I don't understand his choice for the car that JGL's character drove. A Mazda MX5 ? And not even the original classic one, which in my mind would bring a more understandable, nostalgic appeal. I'm sure he has his reasons, but it was just a confusing moment for me in the film. Other than that, everything else was great. I enjoyed the turns and twists in the film. Definite fav for 2012.