History CreatorBreakdown / Film

12th Aug '17 10:31:15 AM DecafGrub47393
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* [[Film/{{Chronicle}} Josh Trank]]'s erratic behavior during the TroubledProduction of 2015's ''Film/{{Fantastic Four|2015}}' (add a chaotic environment, ExecutiveMeddling, and Trank intoxicating himself for relief, and it wasn't pretty) became infamous that it ended up [[CreatorKiller destroying his career]] just as it was starting.

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* [[Film/{{Chronicle}} Josh Trank]]'s erratic behavior during the TroubledProduction of 2015's ''Film/{{Fantastic Four|2015}}' Four|2015}}'' (add a chaotic environment, ExecutiveMeddling, and Trank intoxicating himself for relief, and it wasn't pretty) became infamous that it ended up [[CreatorKiller destroying his career]] just as it was starting.starting.
* After Creator/ZackSnyder's daughter tragically committed suicide during post production of ''Film/JusticeLeague'', he continued working on the film for about a month, but when reshoots were scheduled in England, he decided to step away from the project. Creator/JossWhedon was already helping with the scripting of the reshoots, and with Snyder's approval took over as director for those sequences and getting the film completed.
8th Aug '17 8:21:22 AM xcountryguy
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* Creator/RomanPolanski's version of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' is more bloody than other versions (and with a way darker ending than the play--and the play doesn't exactly end cheerfully itself, let us note) because it was made after his pregnant wife Sharon Tate was murdered by the [[UsefulNotes/CharlesManson Manson Family]]. [[spoiler: The end of the film is mostly shot from the perspective of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'s head on a pike''.]] A few years later, he was asked to direct ''Film/{{Chinatown}}''. In an understandably dark place, he insisted upon changing screenwriter Robert Towne's ending from a somewhat optimistic one to an almost nightmarishly bleak one. Towne later acknowledged that the change was for the better.
* Almost every possible form of musical-related CreatorBreakdown (as listed on the 'CreatorBreakdown/{{Music}}' subpage) is parodied in ''Film/WalkHardTheDeweyCoxStory'', in which almost every song Dewey Cox writes is a direct (and blatantly obvious) reflection of his current problems and emotional state at the time, from his complicated relationship with his father to how much he wants to sleep with his back-up singer to a Music/BrianWilson-writing-''Music/{{Smile}}'' style emotional collapse. It all culminates in his final song, "Beautiful Ride", which is an epic summing up of everything he has done and learned in his life to that point. [[spoiler: He dies literally three minutes after performing it.]]

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* Creator/RomanPolanski's version of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' is more bloody than other versions (and with a way darker ending than the play--and the play doesn't exactly end cheerfully itself, let us note) because it was made after his pregnant wife Sharon Tate was murdered by the [[UsefulNotes/CharlesManson Manson Family]]. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The end of the film is mostly shot from the perspective of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'s head on a pike''.]] A few years later, he was asked to direct ''Film/{{Chinatown}}''. In an understandably dark place, he insisted upon changing screenwriter Robert Towne's ending from a somewhat optimistic one to an almost nightmarishly bleak one. Towne later acknowledged that the change was for the better.
* Almost every possible form of musical-related CreatorBreakdown (as listed on the 'CreatorBreakdown/{{Music}}' subpage) is parodied in ''Film/WalkHardTheDeweyCoxStory'', in which almost every song Dewey Cox writes is a direct (and blatantly obvious) reflection of his current problems and emotional state at the time, from his complicated relationship with his father to how much he wants to sleep with his back-up singer to a Music/BrianWilson-writing-''Music/{{Smile}}'' style emotional collapse. It all culminates in his final song, "Beautiful Ride", which is an epic summing up of everything he has done and learned in his life to that point. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He dies literally three minutes after performing it.]]



* ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'' is a textbook example of this trope. Suffering from serious writer's block over being asked to write a screenplay about a book about flowers (in which nothing much happens), Charlie Kaufman writes himself and an imaginary twin brother into the story. While he becomes increasingly frustrated with his inability to write, his brother takes a three-day course and almost overnight starts turning out instant hit scripts of more conventional Hollywood fare. It's not until [[spoiler: the author and "star" of the book have killed Charlie's brother that his writer's block is broken]].

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* ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'' is a textbook example of this trope. Suffering from serious writer's block over being asked to write a screenplay about a book about flowers (in which nothing much happens), Charlie Kaufman writes himself and an imaginary twin brother into the story. While he becomes increasingly frustrated with his inability to write, his brother takes a three-day course and almost overnight starts turning out instant hit scripts of more conventional Hollywood fare. It's not until [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the author and "star" of the book have killed Charlie's brother that his writer's block is broken]].



* Discussed in ''Film/MusicAndLyrics'', where the characters are writing a pop song; one of them makes the case that it's better to channel your personal issues and pain into creative endeavours that you can get paid for and see success as a result of, rather than sitting around moping, "being a little bit self-indulgent and creatively bloody moribund." [[spoiler: He puts this into practice when his writing partner, who he's fallen in love with, leaves him and he writes the first good song he's ever written solo to try and get her to come back.]]

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* Discussed in ''Film/MusicAndLyrics'', where the characters are writing a pop song; one of them makes the case that it's better to channel your personal issues and pain into creative endeavours that you can get paid for and see success as a result of, rather than sitting around moping, "being a little bit self-indulgent and creatively bloody moribund." [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He puts this into practice when his writing partner, who he's fallen in love with, leaves him and he writes the first good song he's ever written solo to try and get her to come back.]]



* ''Film/AGunForGeorge'', where the violent crime novels the protagonist writes about a VigilanteMan called "The Reprisaliser" are clearly an outlet for the protagonist's own simmering and barely controlled anger issues [[spoiler: following the murder of his twin brother]]. Once people stop buying his books, publishers refuse to reprint them and libraries / bookstores refuse to stock them, it's suggested that there's nowhere else for his anger to be directed except at the world around him...

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* ''Film/AGunForGeorge'', where the violent crime novels the protagonist writes about a VigilanteMan called "The Reprisaliser" are clearly an outlet for the protagonist's own simmering and barely controlled anger issues [[spoiler: following [[spoiler:following the murder of his twin brother]]. Once people stop buying his books, publishers refuse to reprint them and libraries / bookstores refuse to stock them, it's suggested that there's nowhere else for his anger to be directed except at the world around him...



* The film ''Film/AllThatJazz'' (a fictionalized version of the life of Bob Fosse) is pretty much dedicated to this trope. The main character even has duets with [[TheGrimReaper Death]], and [[spoiler: he dies at the end]].

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* The film ''Film/AllThatJazz'' (a fictionalized version of the life of Bob Fosse) is pretty much dedicated to this trope. The main character even has duets with [[TheGrimReaper Death]], and [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he dies at the end]].
6th Jul '17 8:05:50 PM Schroeder1174
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* During the filming of ''Film/WaynesWorld'', Creator/MikeMyers arrived on set one day to discover that the snack table only had butter and not margarine for his bagel. Myers reportedly became enraged, flipped the table over, stormed off the set, and did not come out of his trailer for hours. According to director Penelope Spheeris, incidents like this were very common with Myers. Although ''Wayne's World'' was a massive hit, Spheeris turned down the chance to direct ''Wayne's World 2'' because she'd had enough of Myer's moody attitude.

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* During the filming of ''Film/WaynesWorld'', Creator/MikeMyers arrived on set one day to discover that the snack table only had butter and not margarine for his bagel. Myers reportedly became enraged, flipped the table over, stormed off the set, and did not come out of his trailer for hours. According to director Penelope Spheeris, incidents like this were very common with Myers. Although ''Wayne's World'' was a massive hit, Spheeris turned down the chance to direct ''Wayne's World 2'' because she'd had enough of Myer's Myers' moody attitude.
26th May '17 6:26:15 PM jormis29
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* [[Film/{{Chronicle}} Josh Trank]]'s erratic behavior during the TroubledProduction of 2015's ''[[FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four]]'' (add a chaotic environment, ExecutiveMeddling, and Trank intoxicating himself for relief, and it wasn't pretty) became infamous that it ended up [[CreatorKiller destroying his career]] just as it was starting.

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* [[Film/{{Chronicle}} Josh Trank]]'s erratic behavior during the TroubledProduction of 2015's ''[[FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four]]'' ''Film/{{Fantastic Four|2015}}' (add a chaotic environment, ExecutiveMeddling, and Trank intoxicating himself for relief, and it wasn't pretty) became infamous that it ended up [[CreatorKiller destroying his career]] just as it was starting.



* George Stevens, before World War II, made rousing adventure films like ''Film/GungaDin'' and light comedies such as ''Film/SwingTime''. Then he joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and filmed both D-Day and the liberation of Dachau. When he came back, his work took a darker, serious tone, including what many critics think of as his masterpiece, ''Film/{{Shane}}''.

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* George Stevens, Creator/GeorgeStevens, before World War II, made rousing adventure films like ''Film/GungaDin'' and light comedies such as ''Film/SwingTime''. Then he joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and filmed both D-Day and the liberation of Dachau. When he came back, his work took a darker, serious tone, including what many critics think of as his masterpiece, ''Film/{{Shane}}''.
17th May '17 8:34:17 AM WillBGood
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* This very nearly happened to Creator/PeterJackson on the set of ''Film/TheHobbit''. After he came on board to the director's chair in 2009 to fill in for friend and previously slated director Creator/GuillermoDelToro, he asked to be given more time to plan ahead since this meant they'd have to redo almost the entire film and that the release date should be moved to a more convenient time. [[Main/{{Jerkass}} Warner Bros. refused,]] and instead gave him only six months of pre-production. This was especially bad because his previous big-budget outings (''Film/TheLordOfTheRings and ''Film/KingKong2005'') had over two to three years of pre-production. Plus, he had to deal with a labor dispute when New Zealand unions charged the production with essentially using scab workers. Once production actually got rolling, Jackson then had to, in his own words, "wing it". He frequently gave the cast and crew long breaks because he had ''no idea'' what he was going to be shooting on any given day and was frantically coming up with dialogue and action sequences mere moments before cameras rolled. This, combined with [[Main/ExecutiveMeddling near-constant studio interference]] [[Main/TroubledProduction and the unforeseen consequences with turning two movies to three]] came to a head when it came time to shoot the Erebor sequences during pickups in 2012 and to plan out the battle of five armies and [[Main/TheWoobie nearly caused him to have an on-set breakdown where he finally asked for more time to plan and sort everything out]], to which he was finally granted. Makes you realize it's a miracle the trilogy even got made at all.


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* This very nearly happened to Creator/PeterJackson on the set of ''Film/TheHobbit''. After he came on board to the director's chair in 2009 to fill in for friend and previously slated director Creator/GuillermoDelToro, he asked to be given more time to plan ahead since this meant they'd have to redo almost the entire film and that the release date should be moved to a more convenient time. [[Main/{{Jerkass}} Warner Bros. refused,]] and instead gave him only six months of pre-production. This was especially bad because his previous big-budget outings (''Film/TheLordOfTheRings (''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/KingKong2005'') had over two to three years of pre-production. Plus, he had to deal with a labor dispute when New Zealand unions charged the production with essentially using scab workers. Once production actually got rolling, Jackson then had to, in his own words, "wing it". He frequently gave the cast and crew long breaks because he had ''no idea'' what he was going to be shooting on any given day and was frantically coming up with dialogue and action sequences mere moments before cameras rolled. This, combined with [[Main/ExecutiveMeddling near-constant studio interference]] [[Main/TroubledProduction and the unforeseen consequences with turning two movies to three]] came to a head when it came time to shoot the Erebor sequences during pickups in 2012 and to plan out the battle of five armies and [[Main/TheWoobie nearly caused him to have an on-set breakdown where he finally asked for more time to plan and sort everything out]], to which he was finally granted. Makes you realize it's a miracle the trilogy even got made at all.

17th Apr '17 1:19:05 AM jedidarrick
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* After going through an emotionally painful divorce and the resulting custody battle over his daughter, Creator/DavidCronenberg made ''Film/TheBrood'', where experimental psychiatry enables the AuthorAvatar protagonist's psychotic wife Nola to [[TheHeartless manifest her mental trauma physically]] as [[CreepyChild deformed mutant children]] who abduct the AuthorAvatar's daughter and kill anyone whom Nola views as personal enemies. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?

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* After going through an emotionally painful divorce and the resulting custody battle over his daughter, Creator/DavidCronenberg made ''Film/TheBrood'', where experimental psychiatry enables the AuthorAvatar protagonist's psychotic wife Nola to [[TheHeartless manifest her mental trauma physically]] as [[CreepyChild deformed mutant children]] who abduct the AuthorAvatar's daughter and kill anyone whom Nola views as personal enemies. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
29th Dec '16 2:41:02 AM bombadil211
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* This very nearly happened to Creator/PeterJackson on the set of ''Film/TheHobbit''. After he came on board to the director's chair in 2009 to fill in for friend and previously slated director Creator/GuillermoDelToro, he asked to be given more time to plan ahead since this meant they'd have to redo almost the entire film and that the release date should be moved to a more convenient time. [[Main/{{Jerkass}} Warner Bros. refused,]] and instead gave him only six months of pre-production. This was especially bad because his previous big-budget outings (''Film/TheLordOfTheRings and ''Film/KingKong2005'') had over two to three years of pre-production. Jackson then had to, in his own words, "wing it". This, combined with [[Main/ExecutiveMeddling near-constant studio interference]] [[Main/TroubledProduction and the unforeseen consequences with turning two movies to three]] came to a head when it came time to shoot the Erebor sequences during pickups in 2012 and to plan out the battle of five armies and [[Main/TheWoobie nearly caused him to have an on-set breakdown where he finally asked for more time to plan and sort everything out]], to which he was finally granted. Makes you realize it's a miracle the trilogy even got made at all.


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* This very nearly happened to Creator/PeterJackson on the set of ''Film/TheHobbit''. After he came on board to the director's chair in 2009 to fill in for friend and previously slated director Creator/GuillermoDelToro, he asked to be given more time to plan ahead since this meant they'd have to redo almost the entire film and that the release date should be moved to a more convenient time. [[Main/{{Jerkass}} Warner Bros. refused,]] and instead gave him only six months of pre-production. This was especially bad because his previous big-budget outings (''Film/TheLordOfTheRings and ''Film/KingKong2005'') had over two to three years of pre-production. Plus, he had to deal with a labor dispute when New Zealand unions charged the production with essentially using scab workers. Once production actually got rolling, Jackson then had to, in his own words, "wing it".it". He frequently gave the cast and crew long breaks because he had ''no idea'' what he was going to be shooting on any given day and was frantically coming up with dialogue and action sequences mere moments before cameras rolled. This, combined with [[Main/ExecutiveMeddling near-constant studio interference]] [[Main/TroubledProduction and the unforeseen consequences with turning two movies to three]] came to a head when it came time to shoot the Erebor sequences during pickups in 2012 and to plan out the battle of five armies and [[Main/TheWoobie nearly caused him to have an on-set breakdown where he finally asked for more time to plan and sort everything out]], to which he was finally granted. Makes you realize it's a miracle the trilogy even got made at all.

19th Oct '16 12:10:43 AM HBarnill
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* During the filming of ''Film/WaynesWorld'', Creator/MikeMyers arrived on set one day to discover that the snack table only had butter and not margarine for his bagel. Myers reportedly became enraged, flipped the table over, stormed off the set, and did not come out of his trailer for hours. According to director Penelope Spheeris, incidents like this were very common with Myers. Although ''Wayne's World'' was a massive hit, Spheeris turned down the chance to direct ''Wayne's World 2'' because she'd had enough of Myer's moody, controlling, and arrogant attitude.

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* During the filming of ''Film/WaynesWorld'', Creator/MikeMyers arrived on set one day to discover that the snack table only had butter and not margarine for his bagel. Myers reportedly became enraged, flipped the table over, stormed off the set, and did not come out of his trailer for hours. According to director Penelope Spheeris, incidents like this were very common with Myers. Although ''Wayne's World'' was a massive hit, Spheeris turned down the chance to direct ''Wayne's World 2'' because she'd had enough of Myer's moody, controlling, and arrogant moody attitude.
11th Jun '16 1:08:55 PM erforce
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* There's a great deal of discussion about this relating to ''Deconstructing Harry''. It generally comes down to whether you take the eponymous character to be even more of an AuthorAvatar than Allen's characters in his previous films (something which is quite a debate anyway) or a fictional version of someone else (many claim he based the character on writers Philip Roth or Norman Mailer). Of course, the film takes a great deal from an Creator/IngmarBergman film (''Wild Strawberries'') and Freudian psychoanalysis, both of which are common Allen themes. In general it is difficult to not consider the very dark, nasty tone of ''Deconstructing Harry'', as well as preceeding films ''Husbands and Wives'' and ''Celebrity'', to be influenced by his then-recent, very ugly, very public breakup with longtime partner Mia Farrow.

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* There's a great deal of discussion about this relating to ''Deconstructing Harry''.''Film/DeconstructingHarry''. It generally comes down to whether you take the eponymous character to be even more of an AuthorAvatar than Allen's characters in his previous films (something which is quite a debate anyway) or a fictional version of someone else (many claim he based the character on writers Philip Roth or Norman Mailer). Of course, the film takes a great deal from an Creator/IngmarBergman film (''Wild Strawberries'') (''Film/WildStrawberries'') and Freudian psychoanalysis, both of which are common Allen themes. In general it is difficult to not consider the very dark, nasty tone of ''Deconstructing Harry'', as well as preceeding films ''Husbands and Wives'' and ''Celebrity'', to be influenced by his then-recent, very ugly, very public breakup with longtime partner Mia Farrow.
6th Jun '16 5:35:24 PM eroock
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** His marriage to Gloria Grahame was already in trouble when he decided to cast her into his film with Humphrey Bogart, Film/InALonelyPlace. Various stipulations in Grahame's contract could be considered spousal abuse if done now. They would undergo separation during the filming, further causing tension in part because of a fear that one of them would be replaced by the studio because of the incident. However, despite this, the film was considered the first that propelled Ray into an unsung hero in film, and the ending was altered to be ''somewhat'' lighter than the book it was based on. He alluded to his marriage when he explained his reasoning for the change:

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** His marriage to Gloria Grahame Creator/GloriaGrahame was already in trouble when he decided to cast her into his film with Humphrey Bogart, Film/InALonelyPlace. Various stipulations in Grahame's contract could be considered spousal abuse if done now. They would undergo separation during the filming, further causing tension in part because of a fear that one of them would be replaced by the studio because of the incident. However, despite this, the film was considered the first that propelled Ray into an unsung hero in film, and the ending was altered to be ''somewhat'' lighter than the book it was based on. He alluded to his marriage when he explained his reasoning for the change:
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