Chris Moore is the Executive Producer of ‘The Chair’ that ran on Starz. He’s also done a lot of other movies including ‘American Pie,’ ‘Glory Daze,’ ‘Good Will Hunting’ and more. We talked about the series and making movies.
One script, two directors. Who will make the cut? Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the STARZ Original Filmmaking Experiment, “The Chair,” on DVD February 17th. Created by Chris Moore, Executive Producer of Emmy®-nominated “Project Greenlight” and Co-Producer of Oscar®-winning Good Will Hunting” and Executive Produced with Anthony B. Sacco, “The Chair” is an unscripted series that follows two first-time filmmakers (Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci) through the ups and downs of bringing a full-length feature to the screen. These young directors, who have unique backgrounds and very different personalities, will be provided with an identical screenplay which they must craft into their own vision. The 5-disc set also includes the final movies made for the competition, Not Cool and Hollidaysburg. The winning film, Not Cool, will also be available the same day as a single DVD release. The SRP for the “The Chair” DVD set is $19.98 and $14.98 for Not Cool. Pre-book is January 14th.
“The Chair” charts the path of two directors through the process of bringing their first feature to the screen – each armed with the same script. The series documents – with an unflinching eye – the creation, marketing and theatrical release of the two adaptations. Both directors are given the same budget, and both versions use locations in the same city. Through online voting, the audience determines which director will be awarded $250,000.
The screenplay itself is a coming-of-age feature length comedy that chronicles the first homecoming on Thanksgiving weekend by a handful of college freshman who are fumbling towards adulthood, written by Dan Schoffer.
Sometimes the personalities and drama behind the camera are as interesting as what’s in front of it. The filmmakers: Shane Dawson – a maverick known for pushing boundaries and wild humor – has become an internet superstar whose YouTube comedy channels boast more than 10 million subscribers and over a billion views. Anna Martemucci is the sophisticated and academically trained writer, actor and filmmaker who is a darling of the indie film crowd and most recently received critical recognition for her independent film Breakup at a Wedding, which she starred in and wrote. With Actor Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, “American Horror Story,” “Heroes”) and his producing partners, Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson, mentoring the rookies, “The Chair” is a rare look at the creative process and the challenges and victories that surface behind the camera. You’ll see it all unfold as the two up and comers compete for the prize of a lifetime, but will the experience of getting that first big break be what they expected? Will they survive the pressures of making a movie? And who will emerge triumphant?