Making Of...
Making Of...

Electric Dreams Behind The Scenes

AKA:
Electric Dreams Picture
1984
But so does his computer!
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1984 Romantic Comedy movie starring Lenny von Dohlen, Virginia Madsen, Maxwell Caulfield et al.
The movie was partly shot on location in San Fransisco and also featured the famous Alcatraz prison island.
Contributed by: logan5
The film used a great deal of ADR recording. Early versions of certain scenes (such as those used in the theatrical trailer) have slightly different audio. This is especially noticeable on Bud Cort's voicing of Edgar which had not been altered or fixed when the scenes were extracted.
For British raised, but American born actor von Dohlan, this role was his big chance... but he almost turned it down! Lenny recalled:

"I was researching a role for a period TV movie when the script of Electric Dreams came to me. "War Games" had just been a big success and my first reaction was that I didn't want to do another computer movie. My manager urged my to read it and at once I realized how human ELECTRIC DREAMS was. It was a film with very human emotions in which a computer played a pivotal role,"

He also said:

"Something else struck me immediately about Rusty Lemorande's script. How many movies do you see today where the characters are good to each other? Being nice and acting the way we would like to think of ourselves behaving and how life should be, just doesn't seem to make it into films these days. I adored Miles' faith in humanity. He's an idealist and that greatly appealed to me.

I really enjoyed being able to build Miles' character. I did a lot of research, reading books and visiting architectural firms. At one particular company I saw this fellow hunched over his draughting table, totally oblivious to my being there and I think, to anything else. He was wearing a bow tie and glasses. I modelled Miles mostly on him. I added 'bumbling professor' characteristics to my part and luckily the director Steve Barron and the producers agreed with what I did and thought it made Miles more interesting.

I also saw a lot of Miles in myself. I just ended a very tumultuous relationship before the start of filming. I was touched by the way Miles tried to grasp what love is and how difficult it is for him to define. Like my character I tend to submerge myself in my work without taking enough time with my personal relationships. Miles never took enough time to explore his feelings before he met Madeline and consequently was not well versed in male/female relationships, being more comfortable with his draughting table."
Contributed by: Rusty Lemorande
'Casabalanca' plays at the drive in theater (obviously an indoor set). The scenes shown are played out of order.

This was to play off certain action going on in the car (with Miles and Madeline). Certain members of the crew were very upset with me (the writer/producer) that I would:

1) Reorder the scenes
2) Believe that few people would notice.

I think there is a voice-over line added to try and cope with this for people who care. (Someone yells 'hey, the reels are out of order'.) I'm not sure if it is audible. I'm still not sure that it matters.
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Deleted Scenes
When movies are made, scenes are often left on the cutting room floor.
Contributed by: Rusty Lemorande
I believe there was only one deleted scene. It occurs in the last third of the film. It is a scene entirely between Edgar (who we hear in voice-only) and a postman (who speaks to Edgar over the door intercom.

It is/was merely for comedy (with the frustrated postman running off, throwing the package he intends to deliver at the door) so it did not affect the storyline. I wish we could find it. It would be nice on the DVD.
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Alternate Versions
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