Jun 6 2008, 4:33am
For many reasons, but this is one of the more subtler but in the end more important ones, IMO.
PLEASE no Production Diaries
With a documentary-style piece (something that you can tell was filmed on set, a documentary camera capturing "over the shoulder" as a film is being made, you put on the Extended DVD Appendices 5 yrs later, you feel a genuine sense of "being there" witnessing that proverbial lightening being captured in the bottle, witnessing history in the making. This sense of the viewer being a "third party that just happened to sneak in and be granted access" is what keeps me coming back to view them again and again and if I were a film student...! . You do get the sense that you are a fly on the wall and party to a historic process as it unfolded.
A Production Diary, on the other hand, quickly grows stale b/c there is nothing SPONTANEOUS about it. As much as set access as you get, you never feel you are part of the filming process; instead just the opposite: you feel excluded b/c what is being shown to you was PRE-PACKAGED for you. If you were a film student, this would be the Orientation video, with all the excitement those have. While, of course, the really juicy stuff is happening in another building. With the full assembly of cast, camera-people, gaffers, grips, and assorted hangers-on, told to silence their cell phones now, we are filming, please. The huge crowds of people on any given day on any given set for LOTR, indoor or outdoors, and we see this in every frame of the Appendices. I'ts why I treasure them so much.
Oh and one more thing: let me add my voice to the "please, as little spoilers as possible, I don't care about the 80%" camp. Mr.Del Toro, we respect your wish not to keep the fans in the dark, and we know you are very interactive with your fans, but some of us do like secrets!
(This post was edited by Sunflower on Jun 6 2008, 4:42am)