Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope: Morgan Spurlock and Doc Subjects Share Their Experience
Morgan Spurlock’s Comic Con documentary, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, is a film that a lot of Comic Con fans have been waiting to go see. Shot during Comic Con 2010, the documentary focuses on five different subjects attending Comic Con that year and experiencing the convention in different ways. A Fan’s Hope was executive produced by Stan Lee, Gil Champion, Joss Whedon and Harry Knowles.
The film opens in theaters in LA (Laemmle Monica 4-Plex), Seattle, San Francisco today April 5th and will be available on Video on Demand tomorrow, April 6th. It will also expand in New York (Village East Cinema), Philadelphia and Boston on April 13th. I saw the documentary and really enjoyed it, while at the same time being surprised by what it covered. But I’ll talk more about that in my review, which will be up on the site tomorrow, so keep an eye out for it.
For now let’s focus on director, producer and writer Morgan Spurlock who along with subjects Holly Conrad and couple James Darling & Se Young Kang attended a press event recently to talk about the documentary.
Morgan Spurlock and Holly Conrad Highlights:
– Morgan Spurlock explained that the documentary couldn’t have been made if he didn’t have the great team he did behind him. Comic Con had already said no to a lot of people who wanted to do a documentary about the festival.
– Holly Conrad was the first person they selected to follow, because she represents what Comic Con is: a fan going after what they are interested in.
– Morgan Spurlock commented that the movies don’t dominate Comic Con because there are so many things happening at the convention, however the media coverage is focused on movies, which could give the feeling that Comic Con has been invaded by movies.
– Morgan Spurlock wanted to make a film that was a celebration of Comic Con from fans for fans. The documentary shows that no matter who you are, there is a sense of satisfaction that there are other people who are like you.
– Morgan Spurlock’s mom saw the documentary and now understands why he likes Comic Con.
– Holly Conrad didn’t realize right away what it meant to be in the film. She was so focused on getting the costume ready for the masquerade that she just thought it would be kind of cool to do it. Then it started dawning on her that this would be a big deal.
– Fun Fact: Holly Conrad is completely self taught in costume and creature designing.
– Holly will not be doing the masquerade this year because she’s now technically a professional.
– “I’m finally trying to make a movie that people like.” – Morgan Spurlock joking about why he doesn’t appear in the documentary. More seriously, Spurlock explained that he wanted to root this in the fans that go to comic con and not about him.
– Fun Fact: Holly was dressed up in the costume she wears in the film (as you can see in the photo at the top), although it was a newer version of it. It was pretty cool to see it live.
James Darling and Se Young Kang Highlights:
– If you’re wondering whether the documentary crew gave any help to James Darling in order to prepare and orchestrate his marriage proposal to Se Young at Comic Con, I can tell you that they didn’t. James Darling joked that they told him they would just document it and would be there whether he succeeded or failed. No pressure! That said, Kevin Smith was aware that the proposal was going to happen.
– James Darling found the casting call on the Ain’t It Cool News website, whose founder is also an executive producer of the documentary.
– “I don’t know. In hindsight it was so obvious. They wouldn’t just follow us because we’re a couple.” – Se Young Kang when asked how she didn’t realize James was going to propose.
– And if you find Se Young kind of clingy in the documentary (which I thought was adorable), she explained that James had been really mean to her the whole day and was surprised they didn’t put more of it in the doc. In fact there were a couple of hours of her sitting in the hall while he was off doing things.
– The first time Se Young saw the documentary, she felt a bit mad because she came off as very clingy. In fact she asked James if she was really that clingy. But she’s ok now, she thinks it’s kind of cute.
– Fun Fact: James and Se Young have a Firefly vs Star Trek debate. James says he likes Firefly, but to quote Se Young “not as much as he should.”
– If they could change something about Comic Con it would be to add more space. And they don’t even have a ticket for this year’s convention if you can believe it.
– Having the cameras around allowed James to vent a bit about his issues at the time since he couldn’t vent to her, obvisouly.
– James and Se Young are now really good friends with other documentary subject, Holly Conrad. They mentioned that they did a film with her that hopefully will come out in the summer, but they couldn’t say more about it.
And so now you know… Don’t forget to go see Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope in theaters if it’s playing near you or get it on VOD.
In the meantime here is the trailer for the documentary.
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