A lot of famous directors begin their careers by making weird, experimental films. For instance, there’s the case of Martin Scorsese and his odd, six-minute film The Big Shave that he made in 1967. It had an alternative title, Viet ’67, because it was apparently a metaphor for the war in Vietnam, even though the entire film involves a guy shaving.
According to Slate.com, “the director conceived of the film after emerging from a ‘spell of deep depression,’ during which he apparently had trouble shaving.”
Over at Cinephilia & Beyond, they’ve posted Scorsese’s original script for the film.
In 2011, the singer Dave Hause made a music video that recreated the scenes from the film.
Bank robber John Wojtowicz plotted some of his robbery based on scenes in The Godfather (1972) starring Al Pacino. Al Pacino later went on to play John in the Academy Award winning movie Dog Day Afternoon (1975) based on the robbery.
While researching for the film Cast Away, screenwriter William Broyles Jr. chose to strand himself for one week on an isolated beach in the Gulf of California to force himself to search for water and food and obtain his own shelter.
Kevin Smith, funded his first film Clerks, by maxing out several credit cards and selling most of his comic book collection and using most of his college fund along with insurance money from a car he lost in a flood just to pay for a film it at a convenience store he worked at.
Ian and Emily Pfaff took a couple of Little Tykes Cozy Coupes and turned them into Mad Max-inspired vehicles. They even made little cosplay outfits for their two kids.
Stephen King’s ‘It’ clown appears every 27 years. The original movie aired in 1990. The new remake airs in 2017.
Napoleon Dynamite had a budget of only $400,000 and Jon Heder was paid only $1,000 for his role as Napoleon.
Stanley Kubrick asked journalists to refer to “2001: A Space Odyssey” as “two thousand and one” instead of “twenty-oh-one” hoping it would influence the pronunciation of that year.
The producers of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest asked local car salesman Mel Lambert to help them find grotesque-looking locals to play extras. Lambert placed an ad asking ”Do You Have a Face That Scares Timberwolves?” Despite subsequent editorials protesting the insult, the ad was a success.
An artist edited together 1000s of scenes of clocks and watches from movies and TV shows into one 24-hour movie – which itself functions as a working clock.