If Morgan Spurlock and Joss Whedon's ComicCon documentary didn't sound like a reality show to begin with, the thought of it being "cast" with ideal fans might. In a press release posted to Aint It Cool News -- whose Harry Knowles is involved with the film -- the production says it's looking for "original, eccentric, funny, touching, and mildly obsessive people that will capture the excitement, enthusiasm, joy, and passion of comic book, anime, sci-fi, and fantasy lovers everywhere." And there is a contact email attached in case you're one of these perfect Con attendees whose story must be showcased in the doc, titled Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope.

I don't condone the practice of casting for documentaries, and already I'm turned off by this project. The people in a film like this should be found organically through observation and on-hand selection. And it shouldn't specifically be about people who think they're the most hardcore fanboy or fangirl professing to be such to the camera. This is how shows like Wife Swap are done, by attracting the biggest attention whores to embarrass themselves for a bit of money (I really hope A Fan's Hope is not paying anybody). Typically in seeking people who want 15 minutes of fame, a production is going to end up with a freak show.
Those Con regulars I know are not the type to parade themselves out in such fashion. And many people, such as myself, might be too shy, despite being really appropriate for the film, to volunteer to be in it. Perhaps Spurlock will end up mixing the cast footage with more genuinely documented strangers. And we'll obviously have to see what happens with the actual Con shoot -- I'm sure the making of the doc will be witnessed all weekend by all attendees. But so far does anyone else think this won't really be a good representation of the event?
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