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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 ...
Ben Kronen ...
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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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Also Known As:

Czarnoksieznik predkosci i czasu  »

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$1,535,000 (estimated)
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Final film of Steve Brodie. See more »

Goofs

An early establishing shot shows the Hollywood landmark Grauman's Chinese Theater with Star Wars (1977) splashed across the marquee. However, a later scene shows the film The Right Stuff (1983) is actually showing. This goof is not visible in the widescreen version. See more »

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[Mike tries to join the Directors' Union:]
Mike: Hello, hi.
Directors' Union Clerk: Can I help you?
Mike: Yes, how do I join the Directors' Union?
Directors' Union Clerk: You need to bring in a copy of the deal memo by your studio producer before you can pay your initiation fee and be cleared by Union Council, thank you...
Mike: Uh, excuse me, what is the initiation fee?
Directors' Union Clerk: Seven thousand dollars, with a hundred dollar application fee, two hundred dollars every quarter, and ten percent of your salary.
Mike: Uhhh, seven thousand dollars, what is that for?
Directors' Union Clerk: That's the ...
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The last one is "The Moon copyright 4,538,000 BC, The Earth. World rights reserved." See more »

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References Damnation Alley (1977) See more »

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Lyrics by The Riot Act
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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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