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Jamie Costa's test footage for Robin Williams biopic

14 comments

  1. [14]
    mat
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    As far as I know the film doesn't exist even as a script yet, but based on this five minutes I'm really hoping someone makes it. It's spooky how good this guy is as Williams.

    As far as I know the film doesn't exist even as a script yet, but based on this five minutes I'm really hoping someone makes it. It's spooky how good this guy is as Williams.

    4 votes
    1. [10]
      cloud_loud
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      It doesn't exist as an idea either. There's been no talk about a Robin Williams biopic in Hollywood. This "test footage" doesn't even have real talent attached to it. And it has the production...

      It doesn't exist as an idea either. There's been no talk about a Robin Williams biopic in Hollywood. This "test footage" doesn't even have real talent attached to it. And it has the production quality of a Youtube sketch. I think this is Costa's attempt to drum up interest and for him specifically to be cast as Williams rather than any actual test footage for a future project.

      If this was real test footage it certainly wouldn’t look this cheap.

      Even simple camera tests look better. I mean just look at this Deadpool test footage

      3 votes
      1. [4]
        mat
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        I don't doubt that's a pretty big factor in why he made this. But seeing as how good he is at it, I don't think that's a bad thing. I'd like to see a Williams biopic, he had an amazing life and...

        I think this is Costa's attempt to drum up interest and for him specifically to be cast as Williams

        I don't doubt that's a pretty big factor in why he made this. But seeing as how good he is at it, I don't think that's a bad thing. I'd like to see a Williams biopic, he had an amazing life and I'm sure there's loads of stories I don't know.

        Also I think it's a bit unfair to have a go at the guy for not having a studio camera, lighting rig, makeup team, editor/grader, etc, etc. It looks like a Youtube video because it's being shot on the same gear as most youtube videos, by amateur film-makers. That doesn't really detract too much from how well he's acting in it, which I think is what is being tested - how well can Costa portray Williams onscreen (and, as mentioned, whether Costa can convince anyone he's worth employing to play the part)

        7 votes
        1. [3]
          cloud_loud
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          My point is that this isn’t test footage. And it’s annoying that it’s being advertised that way as if a movie titled ROBIN is on its way. Regardless if I’ve seen better made no-budget short films....

          My point is that this isn’t test footage. And it’s annoying that it’s being advertised that way as if a movie titled ROBIN is on its way. Regardless if I’ve seen better made no-budget short films.

          If it was a simple video of this guy doing his Robin Williams impression, or doing a dramatic monologue from one of Williams performances, I wouldn’t be so annoyed at it.

          2 votes
          1. [2]
            mat
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            Could you elaborate on why you find the use of the word 'test' quite so annoying? You are clearly quite upset but I don't really understand why.

            Could you elaborate on why you find the use of the word 'test' quite so annoying? You are clearly quite upset but I don't really understand why.

            3 votes
            1. cloud_loud
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              It’s not the word “test” that annoys me. It’s that it’s very clearly supposed to seem like it’s a movie already in development. It’s like if he posted this and titled it “ROBIN (2021) Exclusive...

              It’s not the word “test” that annoys me. It’s that it’s very clearly supposed to seem like it’s a movie already in development. It’s like if he posted this and titled it “ROBIN (2021) Exclusive Clip” or “ROBIN teaser trailer.”

              2 votes
      2. [5]
        fredo
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        The production quality looked fine to me, but I did watch it on my phone.

        The production quality looked fine to me, but I did watch it on my phone.

        4 votes
        1. [4]
          cloud_loud
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          It looks like it was shot on a DSLR. Which you if you look at other test footage, they're shot on real cameras. Like Iron Man and Batman Begins. Either way I've never seen test footage for a...

          It looks like it was shot on a DSLR. Which you if you look at other test footage, they're shot on real cameras. Like Iron Man and Batman Begins.

          Either way I've never seen test footage for a character drama. It's always for bigger budgeted action films or animated films.

          1 vote
          1. [3]
            fredo
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            Regardless of production quality, the rest of the internet clearly knows this is not test footage, which is okay. That's a good way to create buzz, personal marketing is not immoral. I would add,...

            Regardless of production quality, the rest of the internet clearly knows this is not test footage, which is okay. That's a good way to create buzz, personal marketing is not immoral. I would add, however, that being a good impersonator is not the same as being a good actor. Great biopics were made by people that concentrated more on "spirit" than likeness. We'll see, there bound to be a movie about him at some point.

            2 votes
            1. [2]
              cloud_loud
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              Who said it was immoral? It's annoying is what it is. Like those fake trailers all over YouTube.

              Who said it was immoral? It's annoying is what it is. Like those fake trailers all over YouTube.

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              1. fredo
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                I'm on YouTube a lot, I can only recall being fooled by one fake trailer. It was for The Sandman TV series and looked really awful. I was ready to show my concerns for the show when I noticed it...

                I'm on YouTube a lot, I can only recall being fooled by one fake trailer. It was for The Sandman TV series and looked really awful. I was ready to show my concerns for the show when I noticed it was fake. So yeah, I understand that, this can easily become annoying. But, as I say, apart from now this only happened once with me. So I'm okay with that, I guess.

                1 vote
    2. [3]
      fredo
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      He really is good. This gotta be the hardest part anyone had, ever. Also, I don't remember how long it has been, but doesn't it feel too soon?

      He really is good. This gotta be the hardest part anyone had, ever. Also, I don't remember how long it has been, but doesn't it feel too soon?

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        mat
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        It's been a little over seven years. Even if this not-yet-a-movie has a script and funding and a cast and a distributor and so on (and I think it has none of those), it probably wouldn't be...

        It's been a little over seven years. Even if this not-yet-a-movie has a script and funding and a cast and a distributor and so on (and I think it has none of those), it probably wouldn't be released for another couple of years - which would make it nearly a decade. I think that's probably long enough.

        3 votes
        1. fredo
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          I have no idea what is a sensible time frame for that kind of thing, really, I'm not judging. It just feels subjectively recent for a biopic. Maybe I just love him too much, or just getting old.

          I have no idea what is a sensible time frame for that kind of thing, really, I'm not judging. It just feels subjectively recent for a biopic. Maybe I just love him too much, or just getting old.

          3 votes