Trivia / Bandslam

  • Ability over Appearance: The cellist was written to be a boy, but Elvy Yost impressed with her audition. So Ira Lerman became Irene Lerman.
  • Acclaimed Flop: Has an 80% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes but made only a little over $12 million at the box office. Its budget was $20 million.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Vanessa Hudgens playing an outsider who eventually shows off a hidden singing talent, which she demonstrates publicly at the end? hmm...
    • Sa5m makes a reference to "Texas high school football". Ben Wheatley is played by Scott Porter, of Friday Night Lights.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: David Bowie cameo'd at the end because he was a fan of Todd Graff's film Camp.
  • California Doubling: Set in New Jersey but filmed in Texas, making Sa5m's line about "high school football in Texas" amusing.
  • Cast the Expert: The other performers at Bandslam were local unsigned bands from Austin.
  • Dawson Casting: But of course. The only cast member who was still in high school was Charlie Saxton (Bug).
  • Enforced Method Acting: Aly Michalka was on tour during pre-production and so arrived later mid-way through rehearsals. This helped convey that Charlotte comes from a different background than the rest of the band.
  • Executive Meddling: There was much criticism over Summit Entertaiment's marketing strategy of the film, in which it changed the name of the film from Will to Bandslam and sold the film as a High School Musical-esque tween musical rather than as a coming of age story. With that, despite good critical reviews, it only made $12 million out of its $20 million budget.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Gaelen Connell is a talented cello player, yet does not play an instrument once in the film.
  • Non-Singing Voice: While Vanessa Hudgens and Ben Porter did their own singing, their guitar playing was dubbed by Jason Mozersky and JW Wright, despite having learned to play guitar for the film.
  • Playing with Character Type: Vanessa Hudgens plays a similar character to Gabriella Montez in High School Musical but with considerably less Disneyfication. Her Friendless Background has led to her becoming an Emotionless Girl, and it takes a lot more to finally coax her to sing in public.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The film instantly looks like a late 2000s piece, featuring characters recording videos and taking pictures with digital cameras rather than smartphones. The band promotes themselves through MySpace, which was the social media site for up and coming artists, and there's no mention of social media otherwise. Karen also has a rather casual attitude towards her son's bullying - treating it as not necessarily harmless but not doing very much to stop it from happening - which shows that the film was made before attitudes towards school bullying had really changed in the media.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Vanessa Hudgens auditioned to play Charlotte, but was cast as Sa5m instead. She apparently watched videos of Wednesday Addams for inspiration.
    • Gaelen Connell auditioned to play the cellist since he plays it in real life (as noted above), and Liam Aiken was up for the role of Will. Upon seeing Gaelen's audition, Todd Graff decided to cast him as Will.
    • The title changed from Will to Rock On to Bandslam.
    • Glory Dogs were originally called River Dogs. But filmmakers discovered there already was a band in New Jersey called the River Dogs.
    • Tim Jo is a classical bassist and auditioned for Bug originally. He was cast as Omar instead.
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