Basic info and cast
Project Greenlight is an American documentary television series that chronicles the production of an independent film under a novice director. Created by Alex Keledjian, developed by Eli Holzman and produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Sean Bailey, and Chris Moore, the series first aired on HBO for two seasons (2001–03) before moving to Bravo for season three in 2005. The series returned to HBO after a 10 year hiatus for a fourth season on September 13, 2015.
Project Greenlight follows the search for an amateur filmmaker to explore the moviemaking process and direct their debut feature film. The docu-series returned to HBO after a decade long hiatus following a string of bad movies. With a shift in reality TV and change in the process of discovering talent and making movies, the men behind the project are once again seeking a moviemaking hopeful.
In season 4 the premise and format of the show are the same — Matt, Ben and their less famous celebrity colleagues select an undiscovered talent and hand them full control to make a film. Aspiring film-makers had to submit their 3-minute short film posted to the project’s official FB page. Producers chose 13 finalists who will compete over the course of the eight episodes season.
So will Project Greenlight take another decade to come back for season 5? Time will tell on this one. Reviews have been mixed about the season premiere and spoilers have surfaced that question the rationale behind the chosen winner. HBO has made no announcements regarding a potential renewal of the show for another season.
UPDATED July 28, 2016: No longer found viable by HBO producers, filmmaking competition Project Greenlight has been canceled, with no season 5 in sight. However, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have their own plans for the show, and are planning to take it to other networks for another revival. The series has already been broadcast on HBO and Bravo up until 2005, then revived on HBO for one season, which elicited mixed response, so who knows what the future holds? Stay tuned and we'll keep you informed of the series' future.
Matt Damon reveals HBO did not renew 'Project Greenlight': https://t.co/L2f532HvRP pic.twitter.com/2XPeOenqxT— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) 26 июля 2016 г.
With filming wrapped, Jason gets notes on his director's cut of the film, and, at Ben's suggestion, screens it for a test audience. Though resistant to some of the feedback, Jason works round the clock with the editor to get the final cut completed before the film's red-carpet premiere at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
On the final day of shooting at the house, the production team grows increasingly frustrated that Jason has not chosen a location for the car-crash scene. Later, Jason meets with the stunt coordinator to map out the crash logistics. During the last night of filming, Jason receives words of encouragement from a surprise visitor to the set, while he and the production team race against the clock to wrap before the sun comes up.
Jason is eager to take charge as production begins; Jason's penchant for perfectionism conflicts with the tight shooting schedule Effie is vigilant about maintaining; the crew raises communication concerns; Jason is presented with a solution.
The Farrelly brothers consider their place in the project; Jason takes his concerns about digital directly to Ben; the search for a perfect location continues, causing drama amongst members of the team; the cast assembles for a table read.
After filling key production-staff roles, Effie brings in the location manager to choose LA-area mansions, but Jason thinks none of them match his creative vision. Meanwhile, the production team begins casting the lead roles, and Pete Farrelly and Effie butt heads about Jason's continued resistance to shooting digitally.
Production is two months away, but Effie, Marc and Len sing the praises of shooting digitally to Jason as a way of staying on schedule and under budget. Meanwhile, Jason pitches his own script for a dark comedy called "The Leisure Class."
In the Season 4 premiere, 13 finalists are chosen from a pool of thousands of aspiring filmmakers and travel to Los Angeles to meet the series' judges, who discuss the merits of each contestant's short-film submission before announcing a winner.
Reviewing the fourth season of the series.