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Zero Effect (1998)

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Commentary 1: Writer/Director Jake Kasdan Rating:7.5/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on July 9th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Kasdan offers a candid and self-deprecating commentary for his directorial debut. Having worked previously in theatre, he admits to learning along the way about camera and filming techniques and credits the work of director of photography Bill Pope who was a helpful guide. Kasdan talks about his own writing, how it complicated some scenes, and he observes some elements in the film that he could have done better. He is grateful to Rob Reiner for giving him the chance to make this film. Kasdan points out three crew members who also worked with his father, Lawrence. He provides informative background about the casting, production design, costume design, music, filming in Portland, and working with the various actors. He notes the challenges of working with an insert car to simulate driving, and expresses his misgivings about the process of previewing a film prior to release. Kasdan does get wrapped up in talking about character motivations and is sucked into the film at times, but delivers a fairly steady track with very few gaps. Doubtful that anyone will listen to this track, Kasdan creates a sweepstakes in which, scattered throughout the track, he mentions a word at a time over the course of the commentary. All together these form a sentence that a viewer should say to Kasdan should they ever encounter him in person to obtain the prize of a $5 donation to a favorite charity.