You decide to make your own movie, so you do whatever you can to get a video camera, some of your friends to be the actors, and props to make the movie more believable. However, your movie project hits a few snags in the filming process, so Hilarity Ensues
; the actors forget their lines or screw up their parts, props are always falling over at inopportune times, the equipment is clearly visible while filming, etc. It turns out that making a movie isn't as easy as it looks at all.
Expect to see loads and loads of Special Effects Failure
, though the final product often ends up So Bad, It's Good
Compare: Troubled Production
, the larger-scale professional version of this. Contrast: School Play
Anime and Manga
- Richie Rich once tried to make his own western, with Freckles and Peewee as actors. The reviewers hailed it as a great comedy film, but Richie wanted a drama.
- An episode of Green Acres had the entire city of Hooterville believing that a famous movie director was coming to their town, so they made their own movie to show to him. However, the movie that they made was so bad that the director was forced to burn up the film, under the orders of his boss.
- Community has a variant in which the characters attempt to film a commercial, with several characters treating it as an actual film shooting and things go horribly wrong.
- In another episode, Abed's movie about Jesus, which is actually a movie about himself making a movie about himself making a movie about Jesus... ends not well.
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - After Dee tells the characters that she scored a part in a M. Night Shyamalan movie, Mac and Charlie attempt to write a script. The script turns out horrible and M. Night Shyamalan doesn't show up anyways.
- The entire plot of Action is Peter Dragon's attempt to make the film "Beverly Hills Gun Club". Said film is plagued by such problems as a drug-addicted star who demands a bigger codpiece, a director who drowns, a lead actress who suddenly puts on weight just before shooting (leading to an emergency liposuction), and so on.
- My Name Is Earl: One of the people on Earl's list is a young man who is dying and wants to make a movie wherein he's the star. Earl becomes the producer.
- Greg Brady's history project of making a movie about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, thanks to casting drama (Marcia refusing to be in the movie if she couldn't be Priscilla), special effects goof-ups (Peter messing around with the fake snow) and Mike's well-meaning meddling. Greg definitely earned his A that time!
- In FoxTrot, Jason's attempt to make a stop motion version of Jurassic Park called Mesozoic Park (which he claimed was a more accurate title as the Mesozoic Era included all of the dinosaurs featured in the film) was a disaster and left him with about thirty seconds of film. His later attempt to film his own version of King Kong met with similar failure.
- From Homestar Runner, Strong Bad's "Dangeresque" movies are full of these. Slip-ups include Coach Z saying, "Okay, how was that?" right after speaking a line woodenly, to the blatantly obvious use of Strong Sad as a stunt double.
- "Manos" The Hands of Fate
- The Evil Dead, as Sam Raimi and friends found out a feature was much harder than the shorts they had been making so far.
- Anyone who's ever had to make a group film for a school project has probably run into this trope. Members who forget to practice, Bad Bad Acting while looking in an awkward direction reading a (perhaps not so) hidden script, wind whistling in the microphone, crappy costumes and props because you have next to no budget and of course the rushed editing that is inevitable because it's always due way too soon.
- To the surprise of no one, The Room, according to The Disaster Artist.