April 30, 2014

Filmmaking Reality Show 'Project Greenlight' is Returning for a New Season on HBO

project_greenlight logoProject Greenlight, the television series produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, is getting a second lease on life. The show, which if you're not familiar, took writing and directing submissions from around the country and chronicled the making of an entire feature film. While the last season aired on Bravo in 2005, the series is going back to its roots and will be getting a brand new season on HBO with Damon and Affleck at the helm.

Here is the description from the press release:

Spanning the entire filmmaking process, PROJECT GREENLIGHT takes a revealing, uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director. The show begins with a digital competition, following the winner from pre-production and casting through principal photography and post-production. Equipped with a Hollywood-vetted script and surrounded by a team of industry professionals, the fledgling director must learn to cope with pressure from the studio and producers, survive on-set politics and lead a veteran cast and crew, all while trying to deliver a viable movie – on schedule and on budget.

If you haven't seen the show before, this is much of the third season, which took a slightly different turn than the first two seasons, with a project that had better financial possibilities:

Part of the reason HBO has decided to bring the series back is that they believed the show was actually a bit ahead of its time in concept. With the lower cost of technology, and sites like Vimeo and YouTube giving people a platform to show off their work, there is a much wider audience to pick from, and lots of great work being produced.

It will be interesting to see if the group decides to stick with something that may not have great commercial prospects, but could be artistically satisfying, or if they try to choose something that might do better at the box office. With digital distribution and VOD, the prospects of a smaller character-driven film reaching a mass audience are far better than they were when the show started in 2001.

No word on when it will air (unless I missed it), but it will likely be sometime late this year or early next year. We'll keep you updated on when submissions will happen for the new season.

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[via The Verge]

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Was a great show to watch... mostly because I enjoyed watching a good train wreck.

April 30, 2014 at 9:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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justasimpledp

Is this, yet again, one of those shows where they're deliberately looking (perhaps even enticing, cajoling, demanding) for people to fail, break down, lose their s***, and otherwise make "good" TV?

If that's the case, I wouldn't want any part of such childishness. Let me make my films with adults.

May 1, 2014 at 9:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I'm not a fan of reality TV, but Faceoff is one in which the participants generally maintain a positive attitude, even towards their competitors. Sure, there are occasional moments of panic and a little verbal backstabbing now and then, but it's really pretty tame.

I never saw Project Greenlight, but I did see an episode or two of On the Lot, which didn't seem too annoying. Can anyone remember the name of the show that featured set designers? I kind of liked that one but it didn't last long.

May 1, 2014 at 5:52PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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This show was great! It was such a useful tool to get a glimpse behind the scenes of the entire filmmaking process. What made me fall in love with it was the passion and love for movies the makers and participants shared. I learned alot through this show and im so glad their bringing it back, its like a BTS expanded into an entire season. I do think it was a little ahead of its time so I hope its able to gain the popularity it deserves, and to be able to be a possible participant this time around makes me even more excited for this :)

May 1, 2014 at 12:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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stephen

Did anyone on PG ever amount to anything? Didnt think so...

May 2, 2014 at 3:19AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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nothx

I think they've done more stuff than you. Let's see, the Feast movies, Saw movies, working for Mel Gibson's production companies, the Collector flicks, oh and Shia Lebouf!

May 2, 2014 at 4:46PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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