John Fiorella, Paul Hasenyager, Mark Brodkin, Brian C. Bethel
Written & directed by: John Fiorella
Barbara Gordon - “What’s gotten into you?Looks like you’re training for a war.”
Often the best thing about going to the cinema is getting to see trailers for movies that are due out soon.In a reduced form, scenes taken from a two hour narrative cut and pasted together can give a sense of what could be a potentially engaging tale.Sadly though it is often the case when you see the actual movie it can be a bit of a letdown as all of the exciting action scenes or hilariously funny moments were used up in the trailer, and what’s left is an incoherent mess.If it’s a film that had you really excited, then it is a crushing disappointment, and one which makes you wish you could somehow turn back time to when it existed in your mind simply as a trailer, when you felt it worked.
Grayson was a fan film, but to be more accurate it was a fan film trailer, lasting around five minutes and piecing together scenes from a story about Dick Grayson returning to the role of Robin, to investigate Batman’s death.In reality there was no finished film, and nor would there ever be as all of the shots were made to appear just as a trailer.It was put together by writer/director John Fiorella to get the idea of a Robin movie out of his head and to show what he could accomplish on a small budget.Whether or not a full length film, based upon the scenes shown in Grayson, would have ever been the Robin film the world was waiting for is inconsequential, as by making use of the conventions of a trailer it was able to show everything that was really needed.
With each shot more and more characters appeared, practically becoming a who’s who of Batman and even Wonder Woman, Superman and Green Lantern popped up.Even at the moment with the promise of more comic-book heroes hitting the big-screen, it is going to be a while before a line up like that ever appears in one movie, but it’s what all fans really want to see.As the action heated up towards the end of Grayson, all the stereotypical moments of the hero being pushed to the limit were used to convey the sense of drama and danger, and they worked so well because they were short sharp bursts.Trailers are designed to ignite interest and excite an audience and Grayson did exactly that, turning a short piece of film into a full blown movie in the mind’s eye.Packed with potential that will always remain that way without disappointment, Grayson proved that sometimes the trailers are the best bits of a movie.
YOU DON’T KNOW DICK: *Grayson was first shown at a comic-book festival and according to Wikipedia the budget for the trailer was $18,000.
*A 120 page screen-play for Grayson can be downloaded from John Fiorella’s official website, Untamed Cinema.com.
*In a radio interview on the site, writer/director John said he was always made to play the role of Robin when he was at school.