Chasing the Bear (2012)

Meet Ted, a filmmaker struggling to make his first feature film.  Not only must Ted raise funding during the Credit Crunch but he is also determined to write the perfect film script. The ... See full synopsis »


Ted Byron Baybutt


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Credited cast:
Ted Byron Baybutt ... Filmmaker
Julian Glover ... Mentor / Studio Head
Lorraine Leonida Lorraine Leonida ... Receptionist
Leila Makki Leila Makki ... Interviewer
Katherine Parsons Katherine Parsons ... Girlfriend
Jim Reilly Jim Reilly ... Matthew Robinson
Pat Wiek Pat Wiek ... Agent


Meet Ted, a filmmaker struggling to make his first feature film.  Not only must Ted raise funding during the Credit Crunch but he is also determined to write the perfect film script. The film follows Ted during his highs and lows, from his failures to his big opportunity when he pitches his feature to an American film studio. Meet KP, the beautiful girlfriend, and the only thing Ted likes more than films. KP keeps him company on his journey and tries to deal with his all-consuming obsession with films and Hollywood movies. Before Ted's big pitch to the studio, they both travel across California.  On their trip, Ted prepares for the meeting, his final chance to achieve his Californian dream. While travelling, KP points out the Californian flag. Ted is not just chasing the dream but Chasing The Bear.

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Behind the scenes of pursuing a dream.










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Nice try but misses the mark
27 February 2012 | by Tostig66See all my reviews

Somewhere in this documentary is a heart felt plea about the frustrations of getting anything, even modest low budget projects made. In the face of such unimaginative films like Transformers 3 making over a billion, the film industry is increasingly risk averse. So step forward "Chasing the Bear" and an explanation and meditation about movie making and the difficulties of getting your dream realised. It is a love letter to the obsession of turning your dreams into a reality and the mixture of tenacity, ability and hustling needed to get anywhere.

So why 5 stars? Because its been edited into an incoherent mess. There is no momentum, no narrative, and no discernible character arc. At one point after the hero goes to America he returns and is told by a friend to "go to America"- surely he's already done that? There's endless footage of the girlfriend and as cute as she is she is irrelevant to the central point. This lost its way badly in the editing room which is a shame because had there been an attempt to make this more coherent (which wouldn't have taken much) it would leap from self indulgent student cinema to a truly great documentary about film making being an almost impossible dream.

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