Hard-pressed when asked to imagine a young, brash Brad Pitt taking on the role of Joe, the protagonist of Rian Johnson's aweseome sci-fi film, Looper? Neither can we. But now you probably can, thanks to the release of the pitch reel for Looper by Rian Johnson. 

Some called them "Fake Trailer", others called them "Pitch Reel" or "Sizzle Reel", but all you have to know is this: When film-makers lobby for their take on a particular film to be made, they often have to convince the executives of his or her vision. And in doing so, many took on the unenviable task of selling their "pitch reel" in effort to gather support. This is especially so for films with high concept in order to solicit the budget required. While recognized film-makers are likely to have the means to put up such pitch reels from their own pockets,  up-and-coming film-makers often have to conjure their visions by editing existing footages from other films due to the lack of budget.

So when Rian Johnson has to sell his pitch for his now critically acclaimed sleeper hit, Looper, to the studio executives, he put together a clip assembling footages from Seven, Blade Runner and a ton of other kick-ass films. While such films are, more often than not, restricted for public viewing, Rian Johnson, in yet another endearing act of awesome friendliness (he has previously made a special audio commentary track  for the film available for download), has released the clip at the official page for the film.

Hit the jump to check out the infinitely darker take in the pitch reel.

Looper clip-o-matic trailer from rcjohnso on Vimeo.

From the words of Rian Johnson himself:

This is a strange curiosity I thought might be interesting - just after I finished the script for Looper but before we began preproduction I asked Joe to record some voice-over, and with help from my friend Ronen Verbit constructed this "fake trailer" using clips from other movies. This is a fairly common thing to do when you're trying to get a movie off the ground, but it was the first time I tried it. It was meant to show more some of the film's tone, and to show how the odd concept could be presented in a clear and compelling way in the marketing. Zach Johnson did the sketches. Note that we hadn't begun the casting process yet, and the clips were chosen just based on their visuals and not by who is in them.

Staying on the subject, an infographic chart that clearly depicted all the timelines in the film has been released by Noah Iliinsky, a notable expect on data visualization, over at WiredWhile we here at The Daily Zombies opine that the film is more than precise in its depiction of its very own version of time-travelling, this might be useful for those who are truly puzzled by the film. We have embedded the, in Iliinsky's own words, "spoiler-rific" infographic here, do head over to the Wired page for a clear explanation on the concept.


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