Washington Post- College filmmakers were using fake guns to shoot a robbery scene at a suburban Los Angeles coffee shop when the movie took a scary twist that wasn’t in the script. Eight police officers were descending on the masked actors. The police were real, with very real guns drawn, and had no idea this was a movie. One of the actors immediately let go of his fake assault rifle. But another held onto his replica handgun, forcing officers to make a life-or-death choice. An officer knocked the gun from the actor’s hand and handcuffed him, drawing a peaceful climax to what could have been something far worse.Police said it showed the dangers of movie-making for amateur film crews who don’t get permits and follow proper steps before taking to the streets.Attempts to reach the film’s director were unsuccessful. The students declined to tell police what college they were from.
I know it’s really easy to pick on film majors, but it’s stories like this that make me feel a little less guilty about doing it because at least I have some justification for making fun of them. This is why people make jokes about the irony of robbing the cashier at a coffee shop when you’re going to be that person when you graduate. As much as they love try and justify the amount of money they’re spending to learn how to make “films” that make Sales Guy look like Scorsese, there’s no point in studying advanced lighting techniques when you haven’t even mastered the basics. There’s a few simple rules you follow on every movie set: Make sure the cap is off, point the lens at what you’re trying to shoot, and if you’re going to stage an armed robbery in broad daylight make sure someone tells the cops so you don’t end up making a documentary about dumbass film kids who got shot making a movie (which in reality would probably be better than 99% of shit they could ever dream of).
PS- The guy on the left was soooo lucky he was wearing a mask when the cops showed up