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"Community" Documentary Filmmaking: Redux (2011)

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Community: Season 3: Episode 8 -- As Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) films an updated commercial for Greendale, the production takes a wild turn once he discovers that a famous Greendale alum has agreed to appear in the ad. Meanwhile, Abed (Danny Pudi) decides to make a documentary of the proceedings, while Pierce (Chevy Chase) locks himself in a rented trailer in protest of the low budget nature of the project. Guest starring Luis Guzman.


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Original Air Date:
17 November 2011 (Season 3, Episode 8)
Dean Pelton is given the task to make an updated Greendale television commercial, but the shoot soon goes over budget and spirals out of control, descending the dean into madness--with Abed documenting the entire experience. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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One of the Best, if not the Best Episode of Season Three See more (3 total) »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
Joe Russo 
Writing credits
Dan Harmon (created by)

Megan Ganz (written by)

Produced by
Jake Aust .... producer
Maggie Bandur .... supervising producer
Andy Bobrow .... supervising producer
Garrett Donovan .... executive producer
Gary Foster .... executive producer
Megan Ganz .... executive story editor
Neil Goldman .... executive producer
Dan Harmon .... executive producer
Patrick Kienlen .... co-executive producer
Russ Krasnoff .... executive producer
Chris McKenna .... co-executive producer
Matt Murray .... producer
Heather Petrigala .... producer
Anthony Russo .... executive producer
Joe Russo .... executive producer
Vera Santamaria .... producer
Sean Veder .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ludwig Göransson 
Cinematography by
Gary Hatfield 
Film Editing by
Peter B. Ellis 
Casting by
Juel Bestrop 
Production Design by
Denise Pizzini 
Costume Design by
Sabrina Rosen 
Makeup Department
Gina Ghiglieri .... key makeup artist
Brian Kinney .... makeup artist
Pam Lljubo .... makeup department head
Production Management
Timothy Silver .... unit production manager
Andrew Sommer .... post-production supervisor
Cynthia Stegner .... post production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicole Treston Abranian .... second second assistant director
Michael Helfand .... first assistant director (as Mike Helfand)
Cindy King .... additional second assistant director
Dan Mulvaney .... second assistant director
Art Department
Leslie Borchert .... art department coordinator
Christopher Branan .... construction gang boss
Don 'Tex' Clark .... on-set dresser
Ellen King .... art department assistant
Ellen King .... graphic designer
Creighton Larson .... propmaker
Karen Riemenschneider .... set dresser
Edward Tamayo .... on-set dresser
John B. Vertrees .... assistant art director
Garrett Vosburg .... key greensman
Shoghig Gagossian .... set decorating & props assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Binder .... re-recording mixer
Mark Binder .... sound supervisor
Bechen de Loredo .... foley mixer
Doug Mountain .... dialogue editor
Nick Shaffer .... dialogue supervisor
Tom Stasinis .... sound mixer
Devendra Damon Cleary .... additional production sound mixer (uncredited)
Patrick Sexton .... series promo sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Stephen W. Pugh .... visual effects producer (as Steve Pugh)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gavin Alcott .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Hannah Levin .... digital utility tech
Timothy Luke .... second assistant camera
Darby Newman .... first assistant camera
Lisa Stacilauskas .... camera operator
Thomas Wily .... best boy electric
Todd Barron .... camera operator (uncredited)
Billy Gunn .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Josh Einsohn .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Traci Asher .... costumer
Shawn Barry .... costume supervisor
Rani Cunningham .... costumer
Raquel L. Jaffe .... set costumer (as Raquel L. Jaffe-Day)
Stephanie Macdougall .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Andres Anglade .... post supervisor
Lenny Fohrer .... colorist
Laura Mulligan .... assistant editor
Olivia Munoz .... post-production assistant
Jodi Trocchio .... assistant editor
Location Management
David B. Lyons .... location manager
JT Panzarella .... key assistant location manager
Music Department
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music editor (as Jason Newman)
Manish Raval .... music supervisor
Tom Wolfe .... music supervisor
Other crew
Daniella Beintema .... assistant to executive producer
Lisa Judith Briggs .... production assistant (as Lisa Briggs)
Ari Costa .... assistant to director
Howie E. Kremer .... writers production assistant (as Howie Kremer)
Sergio C. Rodriguez .... production coordinator
Tim Saccardo .... script coordinator
Charles Chen .... stand-in: Ken Jeong (uncredited)
Matthew Crnich .... title designer (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Additional Details

22 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Wilhelm Scream: The scream can be heard from Dean Pelton's computer when he shows his commercial to Luis Guzman.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: A microphone is seen when Annie is saying about having an epiphany.See more »
Pierce Hawthorne:I'm an actor, not a circus freak!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Forensic Files" (1996)See more »
At Least It Was Here (Community Main Title)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best, if not the Best Episode of Season Three, 29 March 2012
Author: giantpanther from United States

This episode was hilarious from beginning to end. The title of this episode Documentary Filmmaking: Redux is a play on the Title Apocalypse Now Redux, Apocalypse Now is referenced a few times during the show saying that Hearts of Darkness (the documentary about the making of the film Apocalypse now) was actually far superior to the film it was documenting.

Dean Pelton is one of the best characters on the show, alongside Senor Chang, and it is nice to see him at the forefront of an episode as the main protagonist.

The basic plot of this episode is that the Dean is given some money to make a new commercial for Greendale Community College and instantly takes on the persona of an out of control director claiming no one understands his artistic vision. Slowly everyone becomes a little bit crazy at the stress of it all.

Jeff films some of his scenes in front of a Luis Guzman statue knowing that legally they can't use those images without Guzman's consent, when Guzman is notified of this he volunteers to be in the commercial further pushing the Dean's ego as artistic visionary.

This episode is just full of hilarity from beginning to end.

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