Thursday, January 28, 2010

Zero Effect - 12th Anniversary? (1998)

Above: The title card for 1998's Zero Effect.

Well, you knew this was coming. I'd be remiss if I did not pause today to reflect upon this site's most ambitious project, which began two years ago today, on Monday, January 28, 2008. Back then, this site dedicated a full week's worth of posts to commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 1998 film, Zero Effect, starring Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller and directed by the young Jake Kasdan. It was a post a day for five days as follows:
Monday (1/28/08): Tenth Anniversary of Daryl Zero (An explanation of the anniversary project complete with links to multiple reviews of the film from a 2008 perspective).

Tuesday (1/29/08): The Soundtrack (An exploration of the film's official soundtrack, featuring new interviews with Esthero, Neil Gust of Heatmiser, Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers, and Chris Stillwell and Michael Andrews of the Greyboy Allstars).

Wednesday (1/30/08): Dan Bern's Unreleased Title Track (Featuring a new interview with folk musician Dan Bern regarding his unreleased song, "Zero Effect," a tune told from the point of view of Gloria Sullivan, the Kim Dickens character).

Thursday (1/31/08): The Television Pilot (Featuring about as much information as can be assembled from public sources about the 2002 failed television pilot based on the film and a handful of interviews with people associated with that project).

Friday (2/1/08): Behind the Scenes (Featuring new interviews with members of the film's supporting cast, day players, and technical crew about the making of the film).
It was quite a feat, with lots of interviews and independent research. Two years later, I still marvel at the fact that I completed the project, though I suspect many readers had a Zero Effect overdose after reading five days worth of posts on a film that came and went so quickly.