Adventures In Super 8: Mercury Cyclone Assassination!

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You've seen me siphoning gas for my '68 Cyclone (which made an excellent pizza delivery vehicle), and now we've dug up some more old Cyclone film from the Murilee Super 8 Archives.

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All I remember about this sequence was that it was done for an Intro To Screenwriting class that required the students to work in groups, and one dude in my group refused to participate in any project that didn't involve (1) guns and (2) gallons of fake blood. I can't find the film with the gallons-o-blood gushing down the grille of my car, but I'm sure it was pretty cool.

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"...and one dude in my group refused to participate in any project that didn't involve (1) guns and (2) gallons of fake blood..."

I'm surprised there was only one! I previously thought people who wanted to be filmmakers were all serious artist who wanted to change the world by bringing their vision to the world through metaphors told with images, lighting, angles, cuts, tension, pacing, music and sound, all beautifully captured on celluloid, blah, blah, blah, etc, etc, etc...

Then this filmmaker guy I was working with on a project wanted us to see the short film he and his brother and some of their friends were entering in some contest. It opened with some arty looking shot with photography stuff like composition and shadows in it and then immediately abandoned everything you might learn in a 7th grade art class and turned into a bunch of dudes running around dressed in black shooting at each other with fake machine guns. Since it was online, we could watch the other entrants too. Every last one of them was basically a variation of "The Final Sacrifice" as made popular by MST3K. I understand Hollywood much better now.