24 Foot Studios – Lights, Cellphone Camera, ACTION!

By Rick Abruzzo

Part 1 – A box truck is born

How does anyone come up with a Lost Horizon Night Market truck idea?

I was inspired to build this project by the movie Be Kind Rewind starring Yaslin Bey (frmly Mos Def) and Jack Black as two hapless video store employees who inadvertently erase their entire collection of VHS tapes. With no way to replace all the tapes, they embark on a plan to record their own versions of the movies with vaguely remembered lines and cobbled together props; claiming that their versions differ from the originals because their tapes are from Sweden. This sparked a viral campaign for everyone to make their own ‘Sweded‘ films in 2008.

The movie itself takes it cues from the days where camcorders were first becoming affordable and kids would abscond with dad’s Panasonic to make movies with friends. Much like dad’s generation would ‘borrow’ grandpa’s 8mm to star in homemade Saturday Fright Night flicks – only with more of the 1980’s!

Fun fact – some of those guerrilla directors are still making terrible movies today. *cough*

24 Foot Studios performed at the Treasure Island Music Festival in 2012 and 2013 with attendees playing the starring roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Ghostbusters; recording their screen debuts on their cell phone cameras. Who hasn’t wanted to don a leather fedora and gingerly swap the prized golden idol out for mere bag of sand – only to set off the ancient trap and have to run for your life? Who hasn’t wanted to stand in the hallway of the Sedgewick with your trusty proton pack over your shoulder, covered in ectoplasm, and declare “He slimed me!” at the top of your lungs? Or stand atop 55 Central Park West and inform your team member, “If someone asks if you are a God, YOU SAY YES!”  At 24 Foot Studios we’ve helped dozens of people relive and reenact these canonical moments from classic 80’s films.

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Part 2  – No more art and I mean it. Anyone want a peanut?

When deciding on a movie for 24 Foot Studios, the flick has to meet or exceed several criteria.

  1. It must be family-friendly because movies that have a prominent place in your childhood are more fun to re-enact than current blockbusters.
  2. It must be so entrenched in pop culture that even if you’ve never seen the movie, you’re still familiar with the material.
  3. It must be recognizable by just a single line or catchphrase.

Can you think of one movie that meets all those requirements? No?

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Part 3 – As you wish. 

In honor of it’s 25 year anniversary, Princess Bride has been selected for the latest version of 24 Foot Studios!

There isn’t much I can say about Princess Bride that hasn’t been said before. Very few movies have been as scrutinized under the pop-culture microscope as PB; subject to countless news articles, books, reunions, and NFL sports shows. It’s also probably one of the most quoted movies of all time, perhaps only second to Mel Brooke’s History of the World Part 1 or Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail (hmm….).

Are you ready to be the intrepid Indigo Montoya seeking justice for his father from a six-fingered man? The wise and scorned Miracle Max with a taste for MLTs (even better than true love)? Or the dashing Dredd Pirate Roberts, terrorizing the high seas and wrestling ROUs (personally I don’t think they exist)? Defeat Count Rugen? Join the Brute Squad? Have fun storming the castle?


24 Foot Studios Princess Bride Edition – coming to an everyhere near you in August 2015.

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