Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1988 Comedy
movie starring Mike Jittlov, Phillip Michael Thomas, Paige Moore et al.
Over four years in the making, "WIZARD" actually had its genesis many years earlier. In 1969, while a UCLA student, Jittlov created "Speed" -a filmshort that followed a green-jacketed dynamo running and flying at
super-speed over Los Angeles streets.
Contributed by: Jeff Warner
Effects shots used early on in the film are actually taken from work Jittlov produced before making 'Wizard'.
Contributed by: Jeff Warner
The short film "Speed" was the basis for (or renamed into) another short known as "The Wizard of Speed and Time", shown at science fiction conventions in the mid 70's before the full length version was made. He also made a collage-animated rock video (5 years before MTV existed) called "Fashion-nation" using a Petula Clark song.
By doing his own camerawork, artwork, editing and sound, Jittlov had discovered subliminal techniques, which when coupled with his superspeed cinematography would evoke amazing responses from audiences. "I found out why time-lapse animation has such a magical fascination on viewers and how to use movies to boost self-healing and intellect... for a few hours, anyway."
Apparetly, the studio personel were all whimsically named after cigarette brands, "because they were always burning somebody".
With a small crew and two cars, they filmed as they drove up to San Francisco and Northern California, then over to Nevada and Las Vegas. "It was crazy, we had no plans and no script. We were shooting in these heavy-union towns without permits, and I'm running down the street in a green robe with a smoking torch." recalled Jittlov.
A 'Mickey Mouse' spaceship was actually used for 'The Mickey Mouse Club'.
Contributed by: Brian / Criswell Weatherman
The suitcase on wheels in this movie was no special effect. It was an actual suitcase custom-built by Customs By Eddie Paul in El Segundo, CA. This unique stunt vehicle was totally functional with a top speed of about 40mph.
Criswell Weatherman adds: When Mike Jittlov says in the film that the suitcase does not have brakes, he is telling the truth. To slow or stop it, he had to run it against a wall or intentionally slam it into something. He still has the scars to prove it.
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When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.
The video I rented from my library as a kid had a scene with the real policemen going through the fake police car they found in place of their stolen real one. The female officer complains of all the garbage left inside while the male shows her that the car has cardboard license plates. The video I have now, as well as the version I downloaded both, for some reason, do not include this scene.
Criswell Weatherman adds: The version of the Wizard of Speed and Time with the garbage in the trunk scene is known as the StarMaker version. It is about 5 minutes longer, has less music, fewer special effects, and adds some toilet humor lines that Richard Kaye wanted in, but that Mike Jittlov felt the movie did not need.