History Main / AlanSmithee

19th Sep '16 7:25:26 PM Lymantria
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* Creator/AlanMoore is [[DisownedAdaptation completely disgusted by all the movie adaptations of his work]], and has requested that he simply be referred to as "AlanSmithee" for anything based on his work.

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* Creator/AlanMoore is [[DisownedAdaptation completely disgusted by all the movie adaptations of his work]], and has requested that he simply be referred to as "AlanSmithee" "Alan Smithee" for anything based on his work.
19th Sep '16 4:11:36 PM thelivingtoad
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* A special feature on the DVD for the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Invasion of Time" was a documentary about the story's writer. ''The Elusive David Agnew'' was credited as being directed by Alan Smithee, but the documentary itself was a {{mockumentary}}, since David Agnew was also a pseudonym used by the BBC. Agnew was also credited as writing "City of Death", not because it was a bad episode (it ''really'' wasn't), but because it would have looked inappropriate for [[Creator/DouglasAdams the script editor]] and producer to be credited as writers.

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* A special feature on the DVD for the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Invasion of Time" was a documentary about the story's writer. ''The Elusive David Agnew'' was credited as being directed by Alan Smithee, but the documentary itself was a {{mockumentary}}, since David Agnew was also a pseudonym used by the BBC. Agnew was also credited as writing "City of Death", not because it was a bad episode (it ''really'' wasn't), (it's actually considered to be one of the best serials in the show's history), but because it would have looked inappropriate for [[Creator/DouglasAdams the script editor]] and producer to be credited as writers.
16th Sep '16 2:44:22 AM DougSMachina
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Before 1999, Smithee was the only alias Directors Guild members were permitted to use. This was changed because of the parody ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn'', which revolves around a director wanting his name removed from his film, but stymied by actually being ''named'' Alan Smithee. A combination of confusion from bad press surrounding the film and the film's director Arthur Hiller wanting ''[[{{Irony}} his]]'' [[LifeImitatesArt name removed]] (which meant that a movie with the name "Alan Smithee" in the title had to be credited, under DGA rules, to ''Alan Smithee'') caused the name to be retired. Since then, aliases are selected on a case-by-case basis.

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Before 1999, Smithee was the only alias Directors Guild members were permitted to use. This was changed because of the parody ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn'', which revolves around a director wanting who wants his name removed from his film, but is stymied by actually being ''named'' Alan Smithee. A combination of confusion from bad press surrounding the film and the film's director Arthur Hiller wanting ''[[{{Irony}} his]]'' [[LifeImitatesArt name removed]] (which meant that a movie with the name "Alan Smithee" in the title had to be credited, under DGA rules, to ''Alan Smithee'') caused the name to be retired. Since then, aliases are selected on a case-by-case basis.
8th Sep '16 11:17:07 AM DougSMachina
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Before 1999, Smithee was the only alias Directors Guild members were permitted to use. This was changed because of the parody ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn'', which revolves around a director actually ''named'' Alan Smithee wanting his name removed from his film. A combination of confusion from bad press surrounding the film and the film's director Arthur Hiller wanting ''[[{{Irony}} his]]'' [[LifeImitatesArt name removed]] (which meant that a movie with the name "Alan Smithee" in the title had to be credited, under DGA rules, to ''Alan Smithee'') caused the name to be retired. Since then, aliases are selected on a case-by-case basis.

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Before 1999, Smithee was the only alias Directors Guild members were permitted to use. This was changed because of the parody ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn'', which revolves around a director wanting his name removed from his film, but stymied by actually being ''named'' Alan Smithee wanting his name removed from his film.Smithee. A combination of confusion from bad press surrounding the film and the film's director Arthur Hiller wanting ''[[{{Irony}} his]]'' [[LifeImitatesArt name removed]] (which meant that a movie with the name "Alan Smithee" in the title had to be credited, under DGA rules, to ''Alan Smithee'') caused the name to be retired. Since then, aliases are selected on a case-by-case basis.
8th Sep '16 11:13:50 AM DougSMachina
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Alan Smithee was one of Hollywood's longest-working and most diverse directors [[note]](the Internet Movie Database also lists credits for, among others, writing and acting)[[/note]] from the start of his career in 1969 to his death in 1999, undaunted by the highly-variable quality of his work or the backlash some of his films got.

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Alan Smithee was one of Hollywood's longest-working and most diverse directors [[note]](the Internet Movie Database also lists credits for, among others, writing and acting)[[/note]] from the start of his career in 1969 to his death in 1999, undaunted by the highly-variable quality of his work or the backlash some of his films got.
suffered.
19th Jul '16 11:18:33 PM Ezclee4050
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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Bayer Samuel Bayer]] directed "Ridiculous Thoughts" by Music/TheCranberries but the band recut it against his wishes, so the video ended up being credited to someone named "Freckles Flynn".
8th Jul '16 9:27:59 PM igordebraga
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* Creator/DavidORussell used the name "Stephen Greene" for his failed film, ''Nailed'', which got released in 2015 under a new title, ''Accidental Love''. Anyone who had seen this movie understood why he disowned it since it's really a messed-up film that should have stayed dead.

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* Creator/DavidORussell used the name "Stephen Greene" for his failed film, ''Nailed'', which got released in [[TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment was kept on ice for 8 years]] (in an incomplete state!) before a 2015 release under a new title, ''Accidental Love''. Anyone who had seen this movie understood why he disowned it since it's really a messed-up film that should have stayed dead.
2nd Jul '16 7:09:34 PM WarioBarker
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Alan Smithee was one of Hollywood's longest-working and most diverse directors from the "start" of his career in 1969 to his "passing" in 1999, undaunted by the highly-variable quality of his work and the fact that he didn't actually exist.

In the movie industry of the past, if a director's movie became the victim of ExecutiveMeddling and bad acting to the point where [[OldShame they were no longer proud of it]], he could request to have his name taken off it, and it would then be credited to "Alan Smithee".

There were, of course, rules about the use of the name--for instance, the studio would have to admit that they'd wrested the film from the director's control. Directors using the alias were also required to keep their reason for disavowing the film a secret.

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Alan Smithee was one of Hollywood's longest-working and most diverse directors [[note]](the Internet Movie Database also lists credits for, among others, writing and acting)[[/note]] from the "start" start of his career in 1969 to his "passing" death in 1999, undaunted by the highly-variable quality of his work and or the fact backlash some of his films got.

It also helped
that he didn't actually exist.

In See, in the movie industry of the past, if a director's movie became the victim of ExecutiveMeddling and bad acting to the point where [[OldShame they were no longer proud of it]], he could request to have his name taken off it, and it would then be credited to "Alan Smithee".

There were, of course, rules about the use of the name--for name - for instance, the studio would have to admit that they'd wrested the film from the director's control. Directors using the alias were also required to keep their reason for disavowing the film a secret.



20th Jun '16 11:20:41 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* [[Film/TheHouseOfTheDevil Ti]] [[Film/TheInnkeepers West]], the director of ''Film/CabinFever 2: Spring Fever'', was ashamed of the final result, particularly the amount of [[ExecutiveMeddling reshoots and editing done by the producers]], and requested to use the name. The director's request was rejected, since he is not a member of the Directors Guild of America. To this day, West still treats it as an OldShame, viewing it more as a product of Creator/{{Lionsgate}} and the producers than himself.

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* [[Film/TheHouseOfTheDevil Ti]] [[Film/TheInnkeepers West]], the director Ti West, who went on to create a number of CultClassic modern horror films like ''Film/TheHouseOfTheDevil'' and ''Film/TheInnkeepers'', wrote and directed ''Film/CabinFever 2: Spring Fever'', Fever''. He was so ashamed of the final result, particularly the amount of [[ExecutiveMeddling reshoots and editing done by the producers]], and that he requested to use the name. The director's request was rejected, name, but since he is was not a member of the Directors Guild of America. America, his request was denied. To this day, West [[http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/12341-excl-ti-west-and-the-cabin-fever-2-experience/ still treats it it]] as an OldShame, viewing it more as a product of Creator/{{Lionsgate}} and the producers than himself.
5th Jun '16 10:12:34 AM Rubber_Lotus
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** MAD Magazine lampshaded this in its parody of ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', by having a caricature of Moore introduce himself in the opening splash as "Alan "Smithee" Moore".
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