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- Published on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:55
- Written by Valentina I. Valentini
The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival recently screened Tricked, the latest film by Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct). The screening was followed by a Q&A with the producer/director, who readily shared with Film Critic Scott Foundas that Hollywood frowns upon filmmakers that foster their own creativity. “Don’t try to do your own stuff in the U.S.,” Verhoeven said with a smirk. “You have to go with the flow here. Those big films I did, I didn’t invent them. They were handed to me. The more I would get involved, the worse it would get.”
Verhoeven’s latest project is a creatively crowd-sourced movie experience. Running 85 minutes, Tricked includes a 40-minute documentary introduction about how the film project came about. It also has what Foundas calls “signature Verhoeven themes and characters” as well as “women who put on fantasies for men.” A farcical wannabe-thriller produced by Rene Mioch and Justus Verkerk, Tricked has no qualms about poking fun at itself, even amidst full plot reveals. This is commendable because, after all, why should Hollywood take itself so seriously?
Verhoeven believes that to achieve optimum creativity, filmmakers must step into the unknown. “[Mioch and Verkerk] came to me with this user-generated movie idea,” said Verhoeven. “The public would invent the script, and to a large degree that happened, but not completely. But they gave it to me as an experiment, and I thought it would take a few months but it was actually terribly difficult.” With the first four pages written by Kim van Kooten, the team set off Internet sirens in the Netherlands and received over 700 five-page scripts to finish the story. The production would shoot each “episode” about once a month for a few days, continuing until a 50-minute film was completed.
“We were structuring and influencing the way it would go by putting questions online,” said Verhoeven. Of course, this didn’t limit the number of crazy narratives that came in. “We got aliens, mafia, Russians, anything,” he explains. “I tried to keep the style of the original culture of the writing, and tried not to go into bizarre directions that would lead to a different direction than Kim had intended. It is a bit Dada, don’t you think?” The production team also thought that the project would just be on the Dutch Internet and TV, so they didn’t see it getting as big as it did. Tricked has actually gone beyond that: It first screened at the Rome Film Festival before arriving at Tribeca. “Whatever the result, people feel the concept is different and innovative,” said Verhoeven. “And they are interested.”