Bob McPhail 5:30 p.m., May 25
If You Outlaw Student Filmmaking, Only Outlaw Students Will Make Films!
A group of students making a movie were in for the surprise of their lives when the LAPD mistakenly took their shoot to be a potential shoot-out.
The incident took place at a convenience store in West Hollywood where a group of student filmmakers were staging a robbery. An elderly neighbor, evidently hard of hearing, didn't understand the crew member when informed that it was only a movie. Good Samaritan Josephine Friday (not her real name) immediately proceeded to scamper home, drop a dime to the local cop shop, and report a crime in progress.
Talk about added production value: in an instant the set was overtaken by two-dozen costumed extras and an aerial view courtesy of a police helicopter. That's even better than a crane shot!
Part of what makes a great filmmaker is an ability to be resourceful and think fast on one's feet. Whatever story the script originally called for should be scrapped. In this instance, what could possibly be more interesting and entertaining than the truth? If asked, the men in blue would surely provide a dub of the surveillance footage to help a student film project. It's Hollywood!
All they would have to do is return to the scene of the alleged crime, shoot a few pick ups, incorporate the found footage, and come up with a kicker to top things off. I smell "A's" all around and, if they play the human interest angle just right, a spot on The View!
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