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this vanity piece is something that mr odom should not have put his
name on, since it can't do his career much good - he would have done
better to credit it to 'alan smithee,' though the directors guild might
have sued him for defamation.
this is an empty conceit, and hardly worth the money - he advertises two disks, but one is just an audio copy of the other.
his 'just off the bus' people have little to tell anyone who needs advice about getting into the business, except platitudes that most people who've seen some movies about Hollywood could have come up with off the top of their heads.
even the most starry-eyed newcomer will find something to ridicule here. in fact, mr odom himself has lauded his execrable masterwork on amazon (as if he were a satisfied customer)- but signed his blurb 'OdomENT,' thus exposing his mendacity (same comments, verbatim, signed here as 'Twenty12').
the centerpiece of the disc is a poorly-done 'music video' of a guy in a mask jumping around on the beach - kind of a non sequitur to the purported theme of the package. the camera work and cutting of this excrescence is abominable, and would only appeal to the very young.
better to keep searching if you are on your way to tinseltown.
At first I thought this documentary might be a joke, or a tinsel town
producers "How-To" guide, but instead, what I got was 10 very real
people taken quite seriously.
They've all had some success but lots of struggles. It's more so geared toward the folks who just got of the bus, but it's also nice for people who've been out here awhile to know they are not alone in the struggle.
You can tell the filmmaker didn't have a lot of money, but both the picture and sound are ultra clean. Although there wasn't much B-Roll the filmmaker goes out of his way to use black and white, borders, film scratches, and titles over black to break up the interview footage and give it more zing and spice.
Any one of us could have been in this documentary. It's tasteful and well-done. Definitely worth a look.
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