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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope -- A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention.

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A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Seth Rogen ... Himself

Kevin Smith ... Himself

Eli Roth ... Himself

Seth Green ... Himself

Stan Lee ... Himself

Paul Scheer ... Himself

Adrianne Curry ... Salve Leia
Jon Schnepp ... Himself

Alicia Arden ... Princess Leia

Paul Dini ... Himself

Holly Conrad ... Herself

Jessica Merizan
Scott Mantz ... Himself
Maxim Stoyalov
S.K. Darling (as Se Young Kang)

Michael Bender ... Himself
James Darling
Skip Harvey

Mish'al Samman ... Himself
Andrew Page ... Himself
Stephenie Werner
Eric Henson ... Himself
Tayler Hudson
Edgar Gallego ... Himself
Sean Walsh (as Tank Rigormortis)
Chuck Rozanski
Eric Cajiuat ... Jedi Elvis (uncredited)
Brian Fitzharris ... Himself / Hot Wheels Rep (uncredited)
Patrick Hanrahan ... Stink Line Fan (uncredited)
Jen King ... Mothra (uncredited)

Paula Labaredas ... Princess Leia (uncredited)

Directed by
Morgan Spurlock 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jeremy Chilnick 
Morgan Spurlock 
Joss Whedon 

Produced by
Chelsea Barnard .... field producer
Michelle Blumenschine .... line producer
Gill Champion .... executive producer
Jeremy Chilnick .... producer
Kief Davidson .... field producer
Matthew Galkin .... producer
Shannon Gibson .... associate producer
Lisa Hepner .... field producer
Dara Horenblas .... field producer
Ross Kauffman .... field producer
Harry Jay Knowles .... producer
Stan Lee .... producer
Brian Runnels .... associate producer
Jack Selby .... executive producer
Morgan Spurlock .... producer
Benjamin Statler .... executive producer
Thomas Tull .... producer
Joshua Z. Weinstein .... field producer
Joss Whedon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jeff Peters 
 
Cinematography by
Sandra Chandler 
Bryan Donnell 
Nick Higgins 
Ross Kauffman 
Dane Lawing 
Daniel Marracino 
Jason Miller 
Guy Mossman 
 
Film Editing by
Tova Goodman (co-editor)
Tim K. Smith 
 
Casting by
Michael Sutton 
 
Art Direction by
Matt Haley 
 
Production Management
Senain Kheshgi .... production manager: California
Sebastian Weinberg .... post-production manager
 
Sound Department
Abe Dolinger .... sound mixer
Brian Fish .... sound mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Paul Graff .... sound mixer
Giles Khan .... sound mixer
Michael Legum .... sound supervisor
Cate Montana .... sound editor
Caleb Mose .... sound mixer
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Matthew Sutton .... sound mixer
Richard Walters .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tiffany Armour-Tejada .... digital imaging technician
Eric Kieweg .... key grip
Beau Lambert .... time-lapse cinematographer
Fortunato Procopio .... cinematographer
Joshua Z. Weinstein .... camera operator
Max Wheeler .... assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Lewis Kofsky .... animation producer
 
Casting Department
Maria Luisa Gambale .... casting producer
Mary A. Lively .... casting producer
Kristin Meyer .... casting producer
Sarah Scott-Farber .... casting associate
Melissa Wulfemeyer-Valenzuela .... casting (as Melissa Valenzuela)
 
Editorial Department
Brian Boyd .... colorist
Jeycob Carlson .... assistant editor
Thomas Favilla .... associate editor
Tova Goodman .... co-editor
David Pleiss .... assistant editor
Brian Reali .... digital intermediate producer
Lenka Somolova .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jingle Punks .... music by
 
Other crew
Erik Altstadt .... production assistant
Edward Patrick Alva .... production assistant
Andrew Baron-Vartian .... production assistant
Kimberly Bautista .... production assistant
Jeff Beachnau .... production assistant
Pat Clark .... production assistant
Elissa Cohn .... production assistant
Alex Comery .... production staff
Kaitlin Cunniff .... assistant to Jeremy Chilnick
Ben Ganz .... production assistant
Marjon Javadi .... field assistant to jeremy chilnick
Marjon Javadi .... production secretary
Sean Jennings .... additional production assistant
Jennifer Jones .... assistant to Morgan Spurlock
Senain Kheshgi .... production coordinator: West Coast
Valeria Kohakura .... production assistant
Simon D. Lorady .... production assistant
David Magdael .... interview manager
Nicki Maron .... assistant to joss whedon
Emmanuel Moran .... assistant to Morgan Spurlock
Emmanuel Moran .... production secretary
Nathan J. Morse .... production assistant
Justin Oberman .... production assistant
A.J. Pinkerton .... production assistant
Michael C. Poole .... production assistant
Matt Rigby .... production assistant
Aaron Robinson .... production assistant
Spencer Scranton .... production assistant
Edricdale Silla .... production assistant
Gordon Stewart III .... production assistant
Anne Stulz .... interview crew
Alex Tepper .... production assistant
Steven Wallace .... interview crew
Frank C. Wells .... location coordinator
James Winston .... field assistant to morgan spurlock
Melissa Wulfemeyer-Valenzuela .... production assistant (as Melissa Valenzuela)
Joshua D. Krohn .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Stephen Christy .... special thanks
Misty Lee .... special thanks
Michael McMillian .... special thanks
Zachary Quinto .... special thanks
Gareb Shamus .... special thanks
Kevin Smith .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for some sex and drug references, language and brief horror images
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A missed opportunity..., 9 April 2012
Author: MediaboyMusings from Canada

Considering the treasure trove of weirdness and fascinating material that a massive event like San Diego's annual Comic-Con offers up, it's surprising the convention hasn't received the feature-length documentary treatment until now. Director Morgan Spurlock's Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope revolves around the 2010 convention, exploring the evolution of Comic-Con from its origin as an event for hardcore comic book enthusiasts to one that now relegates the actual comic book aspect to the background, with much more of an emphasis put on general pop culture content such as movies, TV, books, toys, and video games. Along with some of the film's high profile producers (Joss Whedon, Harry Knowles, and the unfailingly cheerful Stan Lee), numerous other celebs and artists like Frank Miller, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, and Kenneth Branagh weigh in with their take on the convention. The documentary had a companion coffee table book released last July and is Spurlock's second feature of 2011, following The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.

Incorporated into the probing of the convention's history and relevance are the individual stories of a handful of Comic-Con attendees. There's the two amateur comic book artists looking for their big break into the business, who are willing to endure harsh criticisms of their portfolios from professionals and the sting of rejection. Then there's the couple who met at the previous year's convention, with the boyfriend hilariously attempting to break free from the clingy grip of his girlfriend in order to pick up the engagement ring (Lord Of The Rings themed, naturally) he'll present to her when he proposes during the convention panel featuring filmmaker Kevin Smith. Chuck, the crusty owner of America's largest comics retailer, Mile High Comics, struggles with a decision to sell one of his ultra-rare issues to pay off some debts and generally frets about how his sales at the convention are going. Another man seeks his Holy Grail of toys for his collection, a limited edition figure of Marvel Comics' Galactus character. Finally, there's Holly, an aspiring costume designer for whom a two minute appearance on stage at the Comic-Con masquerade event is the biggest moment of the year. Her and a small group of friends dress up as characters from the Mass Effect video game.

Clearly, with so many examples of arrested development from these folks, there's plenty of opportunity for ridicule here. I mean, what's not to laugh at in a scenario involving a grown, married man who pursues a toy with unwavering conviction? Laughing at, and not with, these people is an inevitable by-product of such fanatical behaviour, but the viewer also can't help but develop some level of respect for the passion and focus the characters demonstrate towards their obsessions, despite the pummelling their individual levels of cool take. As a hardcore fan of U2 and Bruce Springsteen who has, on a number of occasions, spent anywhere from twelve to sixteen hours at a time waiting in general admission lineups at their concerts and gotten puzzled looks from most people when I tell them about it, let me just say that on some level I can relate to these Comic-Con eccentrics.

Despite the interesting subject matter, Spurlock's documentary feels flat and just never achieves liftoff. He has a lot of balls to juggle with the numerous paths the film follows, but many of them lead to unfulfilling conclusions and an uneven movie. I've seen nearly all of his previous film and television work and thoroughly enjoyed all of it and Spurlock, like fellow documentarians Michael Moore and Nick Broomfield, has always taken an active on-screen and narrative role in his projects. Here, the charismatic filmmaker barely appears in the film and provides no narration. Perhaps there's a connection, perhaps not.

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