The Hollywood reporter posted an article about Twitter going Hollywood, with stars and behind-the-scenes talent starting to constantly update their Twitter accounts, giving us movie fans unprecedented access into the inner workings of filmmaking – no matter how mundane the details.
Ashton Kutcher was reported to have tweeted about the pitfalls of his stunt double showing up to set with a shaved chest. Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau posted the following last month: "Directing is about waking up every night at 4 a.m., exhausted, and not being able to fall back asleep because your brain is screaming at you." Directing sounds a lot like editing a blog. The brain part sounds a lot like my self-loathing, which, incidentally looks a lot like Danny Devito, for whatever reason.
But I would argue all this tweeting strips away the artifice that makes movies fun in the first place.
Don’t get me wrong. As someone who’s always aspired to make movies rather than write about them, I’m more than aware of our curiosity and desire to know every detail that goes into the creation of a film. But I’ve also worked on my fair share of productions – as a P.A., a director’s assistant, a writer and a director – and I’ve realized just how boring a set can be for someone observing it, or even some working on it. I’d go so far as to say that knowledge has made movie-going less of an awe-inspiring experience and more of a work-study thing.
That’s why I’m a fan of **PLANT** fake Michael Bay **PLANT** and other phantom Twitter accounts that fantasize about Hollywood. They’re keeping some of that magic alive… at least until the Chinese figure out a way to pirate all the magic.
Speaking of that, go see X-Men Origins: Wolverine in a theater on opening weekend, even if you’ve already seen it, which is likely at this point.