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An artistic and unconventional documentary about the making of Gus Van Sant's 'Elephant'. Brief interviews are put together with behind the scenes clips with the director, cast and crew showing the creative process behind some of the movie's elaborated scenes. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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This short documentary is featured on the HBO DVD release for Elephant (2003), released in 2004. See more »

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Alex Frost: To me, high school is like going to hell. You get up, and you go to hell every day.
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15 October 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This making of short is as pretentious and dull as the film Elephant itself. Scored to a Bach sonata, it features untitled interviews with Alex, Elias, John and Michelle; fighting hijinks between Alex, Eric and John; Gus van Sant in the editing room; slow motion; black and white film stock; and dissolve overlaps. The tank-like steadicam apparatus looks funny, and we also see the hand-held camera that was used for the long tracking shots. Van Sant is seen directing, Michelle in particular, where he shows her how to move, and the volumes of film cans is evidence of the multitude of footage apparently shot. You also see in the scene where Alex is pelted with stuff, how the teacher tells him to go and clean it off (which is not in the film) and how some of the material had also landed on a glass case behind where he sat, I suppose further evidence of the teacher's indifference.


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