There is a buzz at the Sundance Film Festival but not about a Disney film…but rather a film that was secretly shot at Disney. The film “Escape from Tomorrow” was filmed over 25 days at Walt Disney World and Disneyland without the knowledge or consent of The Walt Disney Company.
The film was directed by Randy Moore and features actor Roy Abramsohn who plays a down on his luck father touring the park with his wife and children. His relationship with his wife is strained, and after he gets news on the last day of his vacation that he has been fired from his job, he begins to start fantasizing and following a couple French-speaking teenage girls, experiencing delusions around the park.
So how did they manage to make an entire movie without any guests or cast members finding out? Moore along with his actors and tiny crew shot the film entirely on a Cannon DSLR camera which made them basically unnoticed. All locations and shots were planned in advance (they even charted the sun position in advance in order to help with the lack of lighting equipment). Sound was recorded using smart phones and digital recorders.
Moore shot the movie in black and white because he did not want the film to have a “home movie” feel. He chose Disney World as the location because he spent a great deal of time there with his father.
So the million dollar question remains…what is Disney going to do? No one is sure if Disney will have legal objections or will take legal action to prevent it from being shown elsewhere. No distributors have picked up the film.
What do you think about this film? Was Randy Moore out of line to make a movie this way? Let us know your opinion.
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