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Why Hasn't Disney Attacked the 'Escape from Tomorrow' Filmmakers?

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September 18, 2013
Source: THR

Escape from Tomorrow

When the indie psychological horror film Escape from Tomorrow premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, much of the buzz spawned from the fact that no one thought the film would ever see the light of day outside of the film festival. Why? Well, director Randy Moore secretly shot his David Lynch-style film at Disney World without the permission of the House of Mouse. And while the film doesn't directly reference any characters or copyrighted material, there are plenty of implications and sights that are pure Disney inspirations with a weird, trippy twist. So why hasn't The Walt Disney Company done anything about it?

Well, in short, the massive corporation doesn't want to give the film any free press. Though Disney hasn't commented on the film at all, a studio source told THR: "the strategy is to avoid giving Tomorrow attention that could lead to bigger box office." They point out how the lawsuit to change the title of The Butler, or rather Lee Daniels' The Butler, was used by The Weinstein Company to get a whole bunch of press for the film as the lawsuit played out and forced the film to officially be titled Lee Daniels' The Butler. And in this case, it's not as if the company has anything to gain from the lawsuit. It's not as if the film is really making any money off the Disney name or any of the properties, but rather the gimmick of their guerrilla shooting.

However, THR does point out, "Loyola Law School professor Jay Dougherty says shooting the film inside a Disney park isn't necessarily actionable (beyond a possible trespassing claim on violation of park rules), and 'fair use' exceptions to copyright law could be a defense for using the characters in a larger narrative." Though the lawyer does caution, "Disney could have a stronger case regarding trademark law and trademark dilution." We're betting unless some parents or other audiences complain about being confused if the film is actually made by Disney that no lawsuits will be thrown at Moore. See the Escape from Tomorrow trailer.

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  • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ 福 赐 天上(Fú cì Tiānshàng)
    they really have nothing to gain from it.
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  • DAVIDPD
    Pretty smart.
  • Charlie Hard
    I believe Disney already knew it was filming in the park, there is no way they would have never known. No film goes secretly shot such as this. There's hundred of security cameras at Disney World in nearly every place you go to. There is literally no place to hide. Disney is just showing the world how vulnerable they are and how vulnerable they want to be. One way or another if Disney wanted to do a 360 backhand against it they could. A multi billion dollar business such as them has powers beyond what you can imagine.
    • doasis23
      Do you know how many people walk around the park recording everything they do? There are no rules that prohibit you from filming in the park. It's not that unbelievable that they didn't know what was going on.
      • Charlie Hard
        So you mean to tell me if someone was running around with a knife at Disney World they wouldn't have noticed at all due to the mass amount of people. This is not just some simple amuesment park. They not only have cameras, they have everything from high tech security and well trained staff they must have approached also. There is no way they wouldn't have noticed. They just happened to let it slide. Except this movie along a general nature includes actual Disney characters and Disney properties they own and are entitled to by rights. People are allowed to the film and photograph in the park but for I believe private purposes not for major releases such as this. I believe Disney did this to file a major lawsuit against them so they can collect some big dollars. They thought they were doing this in secret but oh no Disney is going to come after them one way or another. They are just planning right now on how to perceive it not to make it sound suspicious. That is the sole reason why they didn't stop them, it's the lawsuit and the money they collect next is what matters.
        • Alan Green
          "So you mean to tell me if someone was running around with a knife at Disney World they wouldn't have noticed at all due to the mass amount of people" yes. if everyone had a knife, another person with a knife would go unnoticed. i believe doasis' point is that most everyone at dw shoots their family using some kind of camera. this was shot on a canon 5d3 -- small, dslr, inconspicuous so, yes, it's possible the shooting of the movie went unnoticed. otherwise, you make an excellent point.
          • Charlie Hard
            Despite that it's not just the camera which is the point or how small or large the camera is. What is a factor is the scripted dialogue and the way the people act in an emotional manner towards what is being captured. For something this big on a grand scale there has to have been workers that noticed something was not right in there behaviours. These people who work at Disney World and know how people normally interact there. When you go off from that distance considering the subject being presented in the film it would definitely have been hard to go unnoticed. It doesn't matter the type of camera specifically it's all about emotional behaviour patterns which they are trained to know.
          • Alan Green
            sorry charlie you can't have it both ways. your snarky comeback compared a man " running around with a knife" with someone shooting a scene with a small dslr. while editing may make it look like you couldn't possibly shoot such powerful stuff without being noticed, the fact is the movie was shot a few seconds at a time, then edited for impact. now, you want to backtrack. before it was, "There is no way they wouldn't have noticed," now it's "it would definitely have been hard to go unnoticed." maybe. maybe it could be considered 'hard to go unnoticed' but doasis simply pointed out that a lot of people, almost everyone in fact, uses a camera at dw. certainly, it would be a daunting task to analyze every interaction being filmed to determine whether anything strange was going on or if, possibly, a movie was being shot. how many cameras are running at any given moment? that was doasis' point. you're counterpoint was idiotic. the fact is 'escape from tomorrow' was shot, a few seconds at a time, without anybody catching on are we through here, charlie?
          • doasis23
            " believe doasis' point is that most everyone at dw shoots their family using some kind of camera. this was shot on a canon 5d3 -- small, dslr, inconspicuous so, yes, it's possible the shooting of the movie went unnoticed. exactly
        • doasis23
          "I believe Disney did this to file a major lawsuit against them so they can collect some big dollars." Why would a Billion dollar company need to sue an independent film company for money? Disney does not need any money. "So you mean to tell me if someone was running around with a knife at Disney World they wouldn't have noticed at all due to the mass amount of people." Is the characters in the movie running around the park with a knife? Because I havent see that. Or are you comparing video cameras to knives because again everyone in the park has a camera. "What is a factor is the scripted dialogue and the way the people act in an emotional manner towards what is being captured. For something this big on a grand scale there has to have been workers that noticed something was not right in there behaviours." I dont think it was a grand scale it was just a few actors and Ive been to Disney parks about 20 x's in the past 5 years and trust me Ive seen some odd behavior in the park
  • Chris Groves
    Maybe their official story is 'don't give them free press' but maybe beyond that they are taking a "Hey, lets not be jerks about this" approach.
  • DavideCoppola
    Maybe they like the movie or the fact that it exists.
  • theslayer5150
    Not only would it give free press to the film, but would give themselves quite a bit of negative press. Sure, they may have a case, but it would come off as another wealthy corporation suing for even more, flexing their mighty money muscle. Not doing anything helps from keeping them coming off as corporate a-holes.

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