Project Greenlight - Season 1, Episode 9 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Juggling Act of a Director

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Pete Jones is very upset on hearing that co-producer Jeff Balis has essentially been fired. He says that he needs Balis on his set. Balis tells Jones that he had thought things were going pretty well. When Jones tells Pat Peach the news, Peach doesn't seem particularly upset about it, and suggests Jones "just be cool" about the decision. The next day, they're shooting the most elaborate scene of the film, a scene in which a firefighter, played by Aidan Quinn, rescues a boy from a burning house. Due to some confusion on the part of Jones and DP Pete Biagi about how much of the house will be in the shot, the art department has to scramble to dress the side of the house. They don't start rehearsing until four hours after call time. Chris Moore calls Peach on the set, and asks him how things are going. Jones takes the opportunity to complain to Moore about his decision, and Moore tells him, "Jeff is being fired because of you." Later, Moore calls Michelle Sy at Miramax to get her opinion about his taking Balis off the shoot. He then calls Balis to give him the good news -- Miramax wants him to stay on. Balis agrees to call Moore every day to let him know how things stand. Balis is cool to Peach, because by now he's heard that Peach was "stabbing [him] in the back." On the set, Biagi doesn't get good coverage of a stunt involving a fireball, but he doesn't seem too unhappy about it, because he wants the film to focus on the "human side" of the story. Balis lets Jones and Biagi know that henceforth he wants to see a shot list at the beginning of every day.

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