In this world, there are few things you’re supposed to leave alone—sleeping dogs, hornet’s nests, and the Disney corporation. But the film Escape From Tomorrow, which just premiered at Sundance, did exactly that—the movie was shot almost entirely at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and “without the knowledge or permission of Disney,” according to /Film. Counting down to the lawsuit in 5…4…3…2…1…
The film takes places in the midst of a family vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, over the course of one day. The father finds out that morning that he’s just lost his job, and aims to spend one last perfect day with his family before he drops the bad news. Under that strain, he “beings to start fantasizing and following a couple of French-speaking teenage girls, experiencing delusions around the park that may hint to a more sinister underbelly of Disney World.”
So, how did a film crew and actors manage to shoot an entire film at two separate Disney theme parks without permission and never get caught? Director Randy Moore shot the film solely on Cannon DSLR cameras, with the cinematographer and AD having conducted detailed location scouting at the parks beforehand, according to /Film. Seriously—the crew even charted the position of the sun several weeks before shooting began in order to create the best possible lighting scenarios. The actors even used microphones and smartphones to record their dialogue during filming.
It’s hard to imagine, however, how this film isn’t going to be in hot water—apparently Disney characters, buildings, designs, and intellectual property saturate the film in nearly every shot, and most of the people in the background of the shots were real Disney attendees, who had not given permission to be filmed. But perhaps that was the idea—generate a huge amount of notoriety in order to get people talking about the film. Either way, it was a risky move.
Do you think this was a good idea?