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The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988)

A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Mike Jittlov ...
Richard Kaye ...
Paige Moore ...
Deven Chierighino ...
Brian Lucas / Photographer (Wizard Film) (as David Conrad)
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Steve Shostakovich / Photographer (Wizard Film)
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Frank LaLoggia ...
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Lynda Aldon ...
Baron ...
Arnetia Walker ...
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All the Unions / Mr. President (voice) (as William Z. Ryan)
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A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. Luckily, our film creator gets the help of his friends. Written by Magnus Y Alvestad <magnus@johanna2.hsr.no>

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Czarnoksieznik predkosci i czasu  »

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$1,535,000 (estimated)
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Angelique Pettyjohn's last film. See more »

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Although set in 1977, a character uses a 1983 Pac-Man novelty phone. See more »

Quotes

[the Piano Choreographer stomps off in a huff]
Choreographer: This is the most unprofessional job I've ever had! What is this? Why, nobody knows where they're going or what they're doing, of course except for... me!
[the piano choreographer trips and falls into pile of film cans]
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Another states: "The producers assume no liability for persons riding unlicensed suitcases, carrying girls cross-country, throwing litter back into vehicles, or staying underwater without breathing." See more »

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References Batman: The Movie (1966) See more »

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Happy Wizard
by Steve Mann
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A brilliant masterwork, full of heart

This film is an effective, touching work that is mostly autobiographical, yet exaggerated to provide laughs and insight on the difficulties of show business. Yes, it's one of those "little guy vs. big business tyrant" films, but it's also very different, because in this case, it's about a special-effects/animation geek, a character which, if it has ever been portrayed in film, would still be nothing close to this because the man playing the part is a real special-effects designer, animator and editor. Usually, this genre of film is reserved for struggling actors or writers. This is about the man behind the scenes, a person who, unlike a director or actor, even more so than a writer, is rarely, if ever, on the set of an actual film. In watching this film, you are constantly reminded that the man responsible for it (Mike Jittlov) is someone who truly enjoys what he does and that he's not in it for the money. It's based on and around actual shorts he made, called "demo reels" that a special-effects designer/animator/editor/writer such as he would take to various film studios to showcase his talents, including the classic "The Wizard of Speed and Time," how difficult it is to make them, and how much harder still it is to get someone to see it. Jittlov did basically everything in the film: he starred in it, did his own stunts, wrote it, directed it, edited it, did all the special effects and animation, wrote the title song, financed it and a host of other jobs. This is someone who knows what he's doing and knows how to do it well. I can't say enough wonderful things about this film, so I'll stop now. Though it may be a bit difficult to find this film, if you do, you should take the opportunity. You'll see the genius of a man who deeply loves his craft and does not take it lightly.


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