The Branson IMAX entertainment complex hosted Hollywood filmmaker Sam Longoria for a screening of Ghostbusters: Afterlife on Friday, November 19.
Longoria, who currently resides in Branson, served as an assistant matte cameraman in the visual effects department for the original 1984 film Ghostbusters. Hailing from Renton, Wash., Longoria said he was invited by special effects cinematographer Richard Edlund to come to California and apply to work on his next film, Ghostbusters.
“I was hired by the two best Hollywood movies that year. It was Ghostbusters, then the second was the 2001 sequel. It was called 2010,” Longoria said. “Ghostbusters was brilliant and 2010 was not and that taught me a lot. “
Longoria said that working on each of these films, where one became a success and the other didn’t, made him choose his projects more carefully in the future.
“I got really good at figuring out which script was most likely to end up in a movie that a lot more people would pay to see,” Longoria said. “That’s what George Lucas said his test was. He said he made films he wanted to see and that was good enough. The majority of millions of people would say, “Yeah, yeah, that’s what I want to see”. That’s all you do. You choose the winner for tomorrow.
Longoria said he believed one of the reasons Ghostbuster had been so successful was because it was a comedic film about smart people.
“It was a wonderful movie. I loved the idea that they were on the verge of bankruptcy and that they had to take out a loan on his parents’ house so he could buy that fire station. C ‘is just awkward and it’s wonderfully awkward, “Longoria said.” I never felt like he was talking to me like I’m stupid. Most comedies are loud and rude. It can work. , but Ghostbusters had a bunch of guys who were really smart and it was good to be smart.
One of the pieces from the Ghostbusters movie Longoria helped create the scene where Slimer walks around the chandelier at the Sedgewick Hotel.
“I took the longest toilet break in the world and didn’t tell my boss. ‘Can I go? They want me to invent funny stuff for the ghost flying around the chandelier. He said, ‘No you can’t, because I need you to do the job I paid you for.’ I said, ‘I’m just going to the bathroom. I’m not leaving or anything. So I left and went to the other building and found some fun things for the ghost to do, ”Longoria said.
“They all copied what I was doing. If you look at the first photo of the first ghost they capture, it’s a peanut. If you look at it, it’s made from a peanut. My friend Gary Waller got out of the trash and counted all those peanuts, saying, “This one looks like the ghost. He painted it green, so he flew around the chandelier. It was kind of how we knew the movie was going to work, because it was a ghost. We just did. He flew around the chandelier. Never mind that he was a peanut. That’s what movies are. They are wonderful. You make comedy with garbage.
Longoria also reflected on meeting Jason Reitman as a child, the director of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and the son of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman.
“He was 10 years old. He is 51 years old now. It’s weird. He was a smart little boy and he wanted to know how you put the camera on and he wanted to know how the lens fit and everything, ”Longoria said. “I didn’t give him his presents, but spoke to him, helped him and supported him all the way.”
Longoria also shared her thoughts on her personal expectations for the new Ghostbusters movie.
“The funniest thing is for Jason, it’s in his blood. He’s a showman who makes films. He made several films which were very successful. Then this one, it at least makes sense to make a Ghostbusters movie that looks like a Ghostbusters movie and has the real characters and stuff, ”Longoria said. “If he wins with a good story, he’s definitely the best choice in the theater. I expect a lot. He may still fall apart, but there are a million costume-clad guys waiting for him to show his next movie. That’s great.”
Longoria traveled to Branson to get into real estate, but while he’s here he hopes to keep making films.
“I have nine scripts. I am serious about this. They are good and they are funny, ”said Longoria. “I brought all my photo equipment and it still works. I am ready to make films here. All I need is a few people who want to do it too. The people who were here first. Walt Disney, Mark Twain, Dr Seuss and I mean I can go on and on all day. There are a lot of amazingly creative people who were here, and I want to follow in their footsteps. I want to make great films.
While at the Branson IMAX, Longoria has the chance to see the new film as well as meet the participants. The Ghostbusters of the Ozarks were also in attendance for the film’s Friday night screening with their Ecto-1 replica to pose for photos and greet fans.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Mckenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon. For schedules, visit bransonimax.com. For more information on Longoria, visit facebook.com/samlongoria1.