History Film / TheWizardOfSpeedAndTime

24th Jul '17 7:22:00 AM GunarmDyne
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* BigNo: Bookman upon his realization that Jittlov OutGambitted him (see below) and loud enough to shake the entire building.
* BigOMG: Everyone present when the ''Hollywood's Greatest Effect'' special is preempted by a message from the President.



* DoubleEntendre: When Mike takes Cindy to his room to give her a gift, Tina thinks he's going to show her "his new toy."



* HeroicBSOD: Mike near the end when [[spoiler:it appears all of his hard work was for nothing and he burns both his script and supplies]]. Cindy helps break him out of it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Harvey's hiring the two thugs and leaving a clear paper trail as to who hired them when they 1. Arrest the wrong guy who gets their license plate number and 2. Get arrested themselves leads him to getting fired regardless of the success or failure of ''Hollywood's Greatest Effects''.



* HonestCorporateExecutive: As a stark contrast to Bookman's OnlyInItForTheMoney attitude, Straeker has faith in Jittlov's project and grants him creative freedom.

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* HonestCorporateExecutive: As a stark contrast to Bookman's OnlyInItForTheMoney attitude, Straeker has faith in Jittlov's project and grants him creative freedom. He even tells Mike he's betting on him.


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* JerkAss: Harvey Bookman, full stop: He initially refuses to hire Mike because he's non-union, he directly and indirectly sabotages all of Mike's attempts at progress every step of the way, fires Cindy from the ''Hollywood's Greatest Effects'' special because she was helping Mike, and commits bank fraud all to win $25,000 ''despite'' the fact that Mike's contributions to the special very well could have saved his job as C.C. had given him the ultimatum at the very start of the movie.


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* {{Nepotism}}: C.C. [=DeSchwartz=] helps his nephew Harold get an entry-level job with the studio (apparently with much higher pay than normal) and the primary reason he hadn't fired Bookman years ago is because Bookman is his son-in-law.


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* {{Pun}}: Cindy's "pumping iron"[[note]]Ironing her clothes[[/note]] when she calls Mike.
* PunnyName: Lucky Straeker and Cindy Lite.


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* SassyBlackWoman: Tina, Cindy's friend and roommate.


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* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: InUniverse example when Bookman asks, "What do you think these guys were ''on'' when they made this? Wizard of ''Speed''!"
24th Jul '17 7:01:48 AM GunarmDyne
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* CanadaEh: One of Bookman's hired thugs is an incredibly stereotypical Canadian.


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* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Canadian thug doesn't condone murder when he thinks Bookman is hiring him as a hit man. Subverted in that his Mexican partner is willing to go through with it.
24th Jul '17 5:18:07 AM GunarmDyne
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* PoliceAreUseless: Initially played straight with the idea that the police treat filming without a permit far more seriously than assault, but subverted later on when they chase down and arrest Bookman's hired thugs (who also stole their car).
2nd Apr '17 11:17:14 AM nombretomado
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* CoolBike: Jittlov's bicycle looks like the cousin of [[PeeWeesBigAdventure Pee-Wee Herman's bike]], and has such interesting features as propelling itself uphill[[hottip:*: Actually it's being pulled up the hill by the magnetic field of the hill itself]] and [[OnlyICanMakeItGo giving potential thieves]] [[ShockAndAwe an electrical shock]].

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* CoolBike: Jittlov's bicycle looks like the cousin of [[PeeWeesBigAdventure [[Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure Pee-Wee Herman's bike]], and has such interesting features as propelling itself uphill[[hottip:*: Actually it's being pulled up the hill by the magnetic field of the hill itself]] and [[OnlyICanMakeItGo giving potential thieves]] [[ShockAndAwe an electrical shock]].
22nd Mar '17 8:17:44 PM GunarmDyne
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* DoingItForTheArt: InUniverse, Jittlov makes movies and creates elaborate special effects simply because it's what he loves doing. Watch his face during the editing montage and you can see that he's having nothing but fun while Lucky and Harvey are arguing over budget constraints.


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* OutGambitted: Harvey's final attempt at cheating Jittlov is to give him a bad check. Fortunately, [[spoiler:Mike made sure to switch the film and not turn it over again until he and Brian got paid in full in cash.]]
19th Feb '17 7:27:58 AM Prfnoff
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'''The Wizard of Speed and Time''' was originally a 1979 StopMotion short film by freelance filmmaker Mike Jittlov. The titular wizard was a [[SuperSpeed speedy]] green-cloaked fellow (played by Jittlov himself) who ran around the world spreading magic as he went by, until slipping on a BananaPeel sends him flying straight into a pile of film cans, which he proceeds to animate along with plenty of other film equipment to a merry jig.

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'''The ''The Wizard of Speed and Time''' Time'' was originally a 1979 StopMotion short film by freelance filmmaker Mike Jittlov. The titular wizard was a [[SuperSpeed speedy]] green-cloaked fellow (played by Jittlov himself) who ran around the world spreading magic as he went by, until slipping on a BananaPeel sends him flying straight into a pile of film cans, which he proceeds to animate along with plenty of other film equipment to a merry jig.


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* MisspellingOutLoud: When C. C. de Schwartz fires Harvey Bookman, he shouts "You're out, Bookman! O-W-T!"
19th Dec '16 7:02:55 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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** Jittlov's [[RealLifeRelative actual]] Mother and Brother appear as themselves.


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* TheCameo: The film has ones of Forrest J. Ackerman, Angelique Pettyjohn, [[Creator/DisneysNineOldMen Ward Kimball]], Will Ryan, [[CreatorCameo composer]] John Masari, a pre-Series/MiamiVice Phillip Michael Thomas, and a sadly posthumous Stephen Stucker.
** The trailer even [[SelfDeprecation mocks]] this point with the line "[you'll] gasp in awe that we actually got big name stars to be in this!"


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* WritingAroundTrademarks: "Happy Birthday To You" was still copyrighted back in 1989, so composer John Massari [[InvokedTrope wrote a]] SuspiciouslySimilarSong titled [[https://web.archive.org/web/19980416000846/http://wosat.remulak.net/lyrix-bd "Merry Birthday to You". ]]
30th Aug '16 2:25:49 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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--> '''Bookman''': Doesn't he ever wear anything else?\\

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--> '''Bookman''': Doesn't he ever wear anything else?\\else?
20th Aug '16 3:05:14 PM WilliamRadarStorm
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* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:Gloriously [[SubvertedTrope subverted.]] Mike deals with the Hollywood unions' bizarre rules, Bookman's ExecutiveMeddling and attempts at ripping him off, and the police chasing him at Bookman's command. Despite this, he finally manages to get the film broadcast, only for the broadcast to be interrupted by a presidential address that rambles on incessantly. In a fit of rage and depression, Jittlov grabs all the remaining copies of the film and burns them, adding the script to the fire for good measure. Then, to cheer him up, Cindy takes him on a trip around town. When the presidential address ends, the short film Mike worked hard on is ''finally'' broadcast and develops a following.]]
* TheStinger: One that's appropriately about people not staying after the credits end.
20th Aug '16 11:33:02 AM WilliamRadarStorm
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** In "The Crowd Scene" at the end, the audience is comprised of Sci Fi convention attendees who all provided their own costumes.

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** In "The Crowd Scene" at the end, the audience is comprised of Sci Fi Sci-Fi convention attendees who all provided their own costumes.



'''Jittlov''':It's going to look professional!\\

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'''Jittlov''':It's '''Jittlov''' (weakly): It's going to look professional!\\


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* ItsTheJourneyThatCounts: Cindy believes this at the end of the movie [[spoiler:when the broadcast gets interrupted by the President and Jittlov goes into a depression.]]
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: When [[spoiler:Jittlov confronts Bookman about the under-valued check he got earlier and gets thrown in Bookman's pool for his trouble]], what follows is a whopping ''2 minute'' uninterrupted shot of the crowd looking on in horror and banter between Bookman, Straeker and a few of the party-goers who they were talking to earlier.


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* MetaFiction: The film is about making a short film, the corporate executives who want the filmmakers' money, and the process of making stop-motion effects.
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