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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

 

Kevin Smith ... Himself

Seth Rogen ... Himself

Stan Lee ... Himself

Seth Green ... Himself

Eli Roth ... Himself

Paul Scheer ... Himself

Adrianne Curry ... Salve Leia

Paul Dini ... Himself
Jon Schnepp ... Himself

Holly Conrad ... Herself

Jessica Merizan

Michael Bender ... Himself
Scott Mantz ... Himself

Mish'al Samman ... Himself
James Darling
Skip Harvey
Eric Henson ... Himself
Maxim Stoyalov
S.K. Darling (as Se Young Kang)
Chuck Rozanski
Andrew Page ... Himself
Edgar Gallego ... Himself
Sean Walsh (as Tank Rigormortis)
Tayler Hudson
Stephenie Werner
Eric Cajiuat ... Jedi Elvis (uncredited)
Brian Fitzharris ... Himself / Hot Wheels Rep (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
 
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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The eat, sleep, and wear comics, 6 April 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock brings his usual care and attention to a subject that, this time, sadly never gets it. From fast food, to terrorist-hunting, to product placement, and now to the largest convention in North America, Spurlock has proved diversity and that if you add the right balance of seriousness and wittiness to any subject, you'll be able to create a wonderful documentary. That's exactly what he does with Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope.

To my knowledge and research, this is the first documentary ever made focusing on the convention itself. Sure, when it happens in July we have updates on the web, and VLogs from a number of people, but nothing has ever been compiled into a full length movie. Spurlock chooses to follow along four people who are traveling to the convention from all walks of life, with different goals in mind.

They are "The Geek" (Skip Harvey, a bartender hoping to write a graphic novel and get feedback on his artwork at the convention), "The Solider," (Eric Henson, also hoping to become a comic book artist to support his wife and kids), "The Designer," (Holly Conrad, a young woman in a small, concise town who is designing costumes for a Mass Effect reenactment she hopes to put on), and "The Survivor," (Chuck Rozanski, a struggling-comic book store owner who is hellbent on making a huge profit by selling hundreds of comics at the convention. Including the extremely rare, first issue of Marvel's "Red Raven" which can command thousands of dollars online).

In the mix of chronicling these four strangers, Spurlock also sets his sights on getting opinions and commentary from actors and directors who have been to the Con themselves. One of them is Kevin Smith, my favorite director, who attends Comic-Con to provide a monstrous Q&A session in the largest room of the convention. Other celebrities include Hostel director Eli Roth, stating that there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a passion for something you liked when you were young, Knocked Up star Seth Rogen, and comic book king Stan Lee.

We also follow a man who proposed to his girlfriend at Kevin Smith's panel last year at Comic-Con, as well as seeing a toy collector who is determined to acquire another entry in his prized collection, much to the dismay of his wife.

These people are genial, optimistic, and effortlessly likable. They aren't wallflowers, who sit back and expect to be taken under the wing immediately without contributing some amount of effort. They take the steps necessary in order to achieve their big goals. Comic book store owner Chuck seems to be the odd-man out when stating this, but if you look at his persistency, continuing to have faith in the comic book community and constantly spending money to run his store, he is truly fighting just as hard as the other subjects in the film. He already has his dream, he's just fighting to keep it.

The one downside with the documentary is Spurlock, himself, has virtually no part in the film whatsoever. This is quite a shame, seeing as we can see just by the way he captures the footage and edits it together (not to mention, last year, he wrote a book about the convention with the same title as the film) that he has a true love for the Con and the crowd it draws. Why doesn't he ever interact with the four subjects or the crowd themselves? It's a bummer because on top of him already remaining silent, it almost seems he doesn't have any questions for the people, when we already know that is highly unlikely. Spurlock seems to sit back and watch the fun happen, without ever getting involved or enjoying it for himself.

I would still call Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope a documentary that needed to be made. As I've grown older, I've found it important to look at all walks of life with an open mind, and to see documentaries further illustrate that idea is wonderful. This is definitely an eclectic and ambitious film, not only documenting an extremely popular convention, but the kinds of people you'll find there. From what I hear, that's half the fun of going.

Starring: Skip Harvey, Eric Henson, Holly Conrad, Chuck Rozanski, Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen, Eli Roth, and Stan Lee. Directed by: Morgan Spurlock.

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