Guerrilla indie feature film shot at Walt Disney World


36 Responses to “Guerrilla indie feature film shot at Walt Disney World”

  1. kbd says:

    I think they made this movie purely as Doctorow bait. I hope it gets released somehow!

  2. billydenton says:

    Okay. So where do we download it before it disappears into the legal æther?

  3. euansmith says:

    Hopefully there will be a “making of” video available.

    • EeyoreX says:

      Considering that the very existence of this movie hinges on artists creating stuff “under the radar” away from would be gatekeepers, your hopes are not realistic.

  4. Peter says:

    Movies that should not exist are often the movies we most need. 

  5. Tavie says:

    God, do I need to see this.

  6. JIMWICh says:

    Must. See. This. Film.

  7. Omar says:

    I’m blown away. How awesome. Can’t wait to see this!

  8. corydodt says:

    If I can’t find a legal way to buy this, I’m going to pirate the shit out of it. It’s what the filmmaker would have wanted.

  9. As a father of 4 children who spent the last year at all 4 disney parks (season pass for Florida residents), I HAVE to see this film!

  10. robcat2075 says:

    Is there any reason big chunks of it could not have been done in a studio with backgrounds shot at Disneyworld composited in?

    Talented lighters and compositors can make almost anything look like it is anywhere.

    • unclemike says:

      robcat, I believe that’s how they did some of it, but a lot of it was filmed on the sly at the Mouse House.

    • billstreeter says:

      Even if this were the case it doesn’t mitigate issues around why it (probably) won’t get wide distribution. They’re still using trademarks without permission. Also green screening sets would be likely more difficult, complicated, and expensive than shooting it guerilla style in the park. 

  11. Bill McGonigle says:

    If ever there was a movie that was begging for the “Torrent it, accept donations” model, this one would qualify.

    Boys, get it out there before the C&D arrives.

  12. unit_1421 says:

    “Disney princesses all work as high-priced hookers who sell their wares to wealthy Asian businessmen. It simply cannot be true.”

    They’ve never been over to “Vista Lay,” the free for all apartment complex where all the actors are housed. All the actors make minimum wage AND their rent is pre-deducted from their pay checks.

  13. otterhead says:

    To play devil’s advocate: What was the point of making this movie?

    To make something that would generate massive buzz over being deliberately unreleasable, and make the most-torrented movie ever?

    To irritate a whole lot of people at WDW while you film a movie on rides?

    To troll Disney?

    • Rindan says:

      Because you are not allowed to seems like a good enough of a reason as any.  If it is actually good, that would just be icing.  Sometimes it is fun to knife large corporation just for fun.  I’m sure Disney will find a way to carry on.

      • otterhead says:

        I disagree; trolling a large company isn’t a good reason to do a project on this level. Creative fulfillment, storytelling, or the challenge of making a ‘covert’ project look professional — sure. Making a feature movie for Sundance purely for lulz is idiotic, and I can’t imagine that’s why it was done.

        • scav says:

          Who says trolling Disney isn’t art, even if done purely for the lulz?

          Doing something because you aren’t allowed to do it is itself art, as communication, in that it is a performance that embodies a question: why the fuck not?

          • otterhead says:

            You’re absolutely allowed to “do it” — nobody at Disney World is going to stop you from filming. Everyone there has a camera and people are constantly filming. Making a movie at Disney World or Disneyland doesn’t require much covert ‘guerilla’ action at all.

            But now what? You’ve got a movie that you can’t legally show for profit. As Tim & Eric say, great job!

            Trolling is never, ever ‘art’. Doing things for the lulz is never, ever ‘art’.

          • esquire says:

            “Trolling is never, ever ‘art’. Doing things for the lulz is never, ever ‘art’.”

            Your constraints on the boundaries of art anger the art gods.

          • scav says:

            Ha. Since you can never objectively determine the motivation of any artist, you have to either never admit that *anything* is art, in case the artist secretly did it for the lulz, thereby making you wrong; or just admit you’re wrong now and save yourself the trouble.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            Trolling is never, ever ‘art’. Doing things for the lulz is never, ever ‘art’.

            I have a modest proposal for you.

          • Lurking_Grue says:

            Much of the art world consisted of trolling.

    • UnderachievingSheep says:

      Why do adults build stuff with Legos? Why did someone build a train replica in their basement? Why do people build small scale palaces out of used matches?

      I’d venture one of the possible answers is “because they can”. Humans tend to be creative and pursue creative endeavors *just because*. So far, it looks like nobody had done a film like this before which is a creative reason enough to do it, no?

      • otterhead says:

        Except in this situation, you “can’t”. It’s no trick to make a movie at Disney World — people do it every day. Every third person there’s carrying a camera around and filming non-stop; nobody’s going to question someone carrying a DSLR. Disney encourages it, if anything. If this guy was able to make his movie look professional, great. But now he’s got a movie that can never be distributed; so was this just a publicity stunt?

        The real trick would’ve been to make a professional-looking ‘guerrilla’ movie somewhere where cameras are completely out of place, like a library, or Macy’s, or Harrod’s. THAT would be an impressive stunt.

    • squirrelkiller says:

      Perhaps the point of making this movie was to provoke an over-reaching response from Disney so as to shed light on ridiculousness of the rights clearance culture.

  14. Susan Garbett says:

    I’ve been lucky enough to see the film and its a brain melter for Disney fans. You will be blown away thinking about the undercover shooting process in the park and delighted by all of the stuff they got away with.

    I am very curious to see if the film causes Disney to beef up security and surveillance at the park or place restrictions on where or what you can photograph and record.

  15. Susan Garbett says:

    AND there is a crazy small world scene that is to die for.

  16. semiotix says:

    Link redirected to skeevy, apparently un-skippable third party “survey” site the first time around, complete with popup “Wait! Don’t leave!” message. Grrr. Second time, no problem. FYI.

    Anyway, as for what this would give Disney’s lawyers, wouldn’t “erections” be more likely than “nightmares?” The public relations people might be conflicted about how to handle this, but I think the Disney-lawyer response to something like this is DISNEY LAWYER SMASH!

    (Which they know how to do now that the Hulk is one of their in-house corporate clients.)

  17. last weekend Me and my lovely daughter watch the movie.We really enjoyed the cutie baby over there. 

  18. Blaven says:

    Nice!  I hope this gets serious release, even if they have to pixelate 90% of the background to get there.

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