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Alone and Restless (2004) Poster

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Michael Thomas Dunn lost 15 pounds, stopped shaving, and employed sleep deprivation for his portrayal of a homeless man.
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For a grittier look, director Michael Thomas Dunn did not permit actors to wear makeup while portraying homeless people.
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Several scenes were completely improvised.
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The movie was filmed in multiple formats including 35mm negative film, 16mm reversal film, Super 8 reversal film, HDTV 480p, DVCam Pro and Analog 8mm Video. A special brace was built so a Sony DVCam Pro and a 16mm Krasnogorsk K3 Camera could be mounted side-by-side to film several action sequences by a single camera operator with a handheld technique. These mixed Film and Video segments are intercut rapidly to give an "erratic look" (edited within 15 frames of each other continuously).
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Portions of the park shootout and the final downtown chase had to be filmed at the MTD Studios backlot because of the complexity of the special effects. All other sequences were filmed on location.
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Was the first motion picture ever filmed at MTD Studios Florida.
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The feature film was shot over a two year period of time (to show the characters aging). Both the characters of Pedro (portrayed by Allan Medina) and Jason (Michael Thomas Dunn) change dramatically in looks. The character of Jason goes from a "clean cut" college student to a rough looking homeless man (that is his real hair).
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Director Michael Dunn was so impressed with 'Eric Reyes'' portrayal of the Mace character that his role was enlarged (from a supporting role to a lead).
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The "Nightmare" sequence for Molly was filmed in the old IMAX theater of the defunct Boardwalk & Baseball theme park (which had previously been Circus World).
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The elaborate park shootout sequence was dropped from the final cut of the feature for running time reasons.
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A few new sequences were shot in early 2005 for the DVD release - as a Director's Cut. The characters of Mace and Molly were expanded.
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'Eric Orlando Reyes' was originally cast as Mace, but because of a schedule conflict, the role was rewritten for and portrayed by Martin Seijo.
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Michael Thomas Dunn wrote the screenplay for Alone and Restless in the months following his father's death (January 1996). The film has a very ominous view of the world as a result.
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Several scenes are based on real events that took place in director Michael Thomas Dunn's life. For example, the racist cops in the film are based on a similar encounter that occurred in Daytona Beach.
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The film is loaded with multiple bible references. For example, one of the main characters is Jason Castle who is loosely based on Jesus. He is ultimately brought down by a battle with Ponch - a reference to Pontius Pilate. When Jason is hit by a motorist, it is a reference to Jesus falling with the cross. Also noteworthy in that scene, he is helped by a homeless man named Simon. At the end of the scene, another homeless woman named Veronica wipes Jason's face. Later in the film, Jason meets an athletic man named Sam. This is a reference to Samson, a man that could not resist the temptations of the Devil.
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The film was originally released as a Unrated Director's Cut in December 2008. The production company negotiated distribution deals with several cable channels and download services. However, the mainstream television outlets balked at the extreme graphic violence of the unrated cut. As a result, the movie was completely re-edited into an alternate "Theatrical Cut." The film was recently submitted to the MPAA for a ratings determination (with an anticipated PG-13 rating). The theatrical cut should be in distribution by late 2009.
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The film struggled with budgetary problems throughout. When principle photography was about halfway done in 2001, the budget was cut by 70% for the project. Producer Lisa M. Garthwaite was so disgusted with the investors, she abandoned the film. The director shelved the project until 2003. However, the investors wanted the film wrapped and released. In 2004, the investors forced Dunn to edit together the incomplete film and shoot the bare minimum to release. In later interviews, Dunn estimated only about 60% of the film's screenplay was actually filmed. The 2004 segments he filmed to complete the project were done in Guerrilla film style with no budget. He was never satisfied with the so-called "Director's Cut" as released. Dunn complained about several plot holes such as the Simon character (Humberto Bermudez) just disappearing in the middle of the film - most of the plot problems were a result of the production being halted in 2001 (and not resuming until 2004).
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Director Michael Thomas Dunn was never satisfied with the initial DVD release - and asked that the "Unrated Director's Cut" be renamed. The Distributor complied and now markets the Unrated Cut as the "Extreme Edition." The film's budget had been cut by 70% about halfway through principle photography. Michael believes the original vision for the film was never fully executed.
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