Project Greenlight: Take Me Out to the Ballgame (2001)

Genres - Film, TV & Radio, Reality Show [TV]  |   Sub-Genres - Candid Reality Show [TV], Media Studies  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Though the producers had discussed having a cover set for the baseball scene during pre-production, the day before the Little League scene, when there's a good chance it will rain, director Pete Jones says he doesn't want to shoot the hospital scene at the cover location. He says he didn't think the actors were "emotionally ready" for the dramatic scene. Chris Moore discusses the situation with Jeff Balis, who can't give him any answers. "If it's pouring rain and we can't shoot anything," he warns Balis, "I will be far less controlled than I am right now." Naturally, there's a huge storm, and the field is full of puddles. But the decision is made to shoot the scene anyway. Moore has to fly back to L.A. to attend to his wife, who is due to have a baby. Kevin Pollak tells Jones he's concerned about the health of the extras, who are sitting out in the cold, wet bleachers. During a lunch break, Pat Peach tells first assistant director Bruce Terris that Balis is green, and the studio has no confidence in him. "I'm not very political," Terris later says. As the shoot continues in miserable weather, the morale of the crew takes a downturn. Later, while the others are nervously watching dailies, Peach calls a Miramax exec with more complaints about Balis. Peach and the crew later make the decision to postpone shooting some scenes at the beach until the following week, when the weather might improve. Peach suggests that Balis withhold this information from Moore until things are more firmly decided. Later, Moore calls Balis and complains about being kept out of the loop. He tells Balis he wants him to leave the set and return to L.A. later that week.

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