PROJECT GREENLIGHT is back and your pals Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are returning as Executive Producers to find a talented first-timer to direct a ‘ Hollywood vetted’ script for the show. Here’s what the ‘sky-rocketed to fame thanks to Good Will Hunting, buds’ have to say about this brand new season.
Spanning the entire process of creating a movie, PROJECT GREENLIGHT takes a revealing, uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director. The show begins with a digital competition, and will follow the winner from pre-production and casting through principal photography and post-production. Surrounded by a team of industry professionals, the fledging director must learn to cope with pressure from the studio and producers, surviving on-set politics and leading a veteran cast and crew, while trying to deliver a viable movie – on schedule and on budget.
Interested? Well, before you submit your amazing short film masterpiece for consideration [submissions open July 24], get ready for the next round by watching the first films created from the PG series, The Battle of Shaker Heights and Stolen Summer. These are today’s Miramax Staff Picks.
The Battle of Shaker Heights
Directors: Efram Potelle, Kyle Rankin
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Amy Smart, Kathleen Quinlan
For troubled high school senior, Kelly Ernswiler, life is war – or at least an incredible simulation. With all the difficulties in his real life, Kelly has found just one true escape: Losing himself in fantasy reenactments of World War II’s epic battles. When he strikes up an unlikely friendship with fellow reenactor, preppy Bart Bowland, Kelly’s life is set to explode in ways he never expected.
Director: Pete Jones
Starring: Aidan Quinn, Kevin Pollak, Bonnie Hunt, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Brian Dennehy
A young Catholic boy, Peter O’Malley, thinks he’s on a divine mission to help a dying Jewish friend, Danny Jacobsen, get into heaven through religious conversion. On an unforgettable adventure marked by conflict and discovery, Pete and Danny will together learn the true meaning of hope and friendship.
PROJECT GREENLIGHT will be produced for HBO by Adaptive Studios in association with Pearl Street Films and Miramax; executive producers, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Marc Joubert, TJ Barrack, Perrin Chiles, Marshall Lewy and Zanne Devine. Find more information about PROJECT GREENLIGHT on Facebook and the official website.