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After Effects: Memories of Pittsburgh Filmmaking (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | Video 25 October 2005
A documentary that looks back at the making of a "lost" movie made by an enterprising group of Pittsburgh filmmakers.

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A look back at the making of EFFECTS, a low-budget independent horror movie from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that was made by an enterprising trio of filmmakers. The film was completed but went unreleased for over 25 years. AFTEREFFECTS contains new interviews with the cast & crew who look back on the making of the movie as well as sharing memories of making movies in the Pittsburgh area in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Written by Anonymous

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Available on the Synapse Films' DVD Special Edition of EFFECTS, which was released on 25 October 2005. See more »

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Features The Winners (1973) See more »

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Making Effects
30 July 2017 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

After Effects: Memories of Pittsburgh Filmmaking (2005)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Tom Savini, Joseph Pilato, Dusty Nelson, Bernard McKenna, John Harrison, Debra Gordon, David Belki and George A. Romero himself are interviewed for this fifty-nine minute documentary that takes a look at the movie EFFECTS. That movie was shot in Pittsburg but it never got an official release for nearly three decades but director Michael Felscher gathered up a good number of its cast and crew to talk about the picture as well as filmmaking in Pittsburgh.

This here is certainly a much more entertaining film than EFFECTS itself. I really loved how everyone was basically just sitting around telling their stories and it made the film quite memorable as if a group of buddies got together to look back on that time they gathered up a little money and made a movie. I really loved the interviews with the filmmakers as they discussed how they got the money and what connections they had in order to even know what to do. Romero is on hand to discuss some of the small sports documentaries that his company was making at the time and how these led to stuff like MARTIN. Several of the crew members here worked on not only EFFECTS but Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD.

Overall this is a highly entertaining documentary that fans of the film will love. Heck, even if you didn't like the film like me, this is still a nice little jewel that shines a light on Pittsburgh and its filmmakers.


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