The Chair

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  • TV-PG
  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 7.7  (497)

The Chair is a reality TV show that aired on Starz in 2014. The show revolves around two first-time directors as they each attempt to make a feature film using the same script. The premise of the show is simple: each of the two directors is given the same script and is tasked with making a feature film based on it. The show covers the process of making the films, from pre-production to filming to post-production. Throughout the show, we see the directors face various challenges and obstacles as they work to bring their vision for the script to life.

The show features two directors: Anna Martemucci and Shane Dawson. Martemucci is an experienced writer and actress, but this is her first time directing a feature film. Meanwhile, Dawson is a popular YouTube personality, but also has no experience directing a feature film. The show follows the two directors as they navigate the process of making their films and competing with each other.

One of the most interesting aspects of the show is how it contrasts Martemucci and Dawson's different approaches to filmmaking. Martemucci is a stickler for detail and takes a more traditional approach to directing, whereas Dawson is more relaxed and willing to experiment. The show explores how these different approaches impact the final films, as well as the directors' relationships with their cast and crew.

Throughout the show, we see the directors face a variety of challenges, from casting the right actors to dealing with unexpected setbacks on set. The show also delves into the emotional toll that filmmaking can take on a director, as both Martemucci and Dawson are forced to confront their own insecurities and doubts.

In addition to following the two directors, the show also features a number of other key players in the filmmaking process. These include the screenwriter of the original script, Dan Schoffer, as well as the producers and crew members working on both films. The show offers a behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process, both in terms of the creative decisions being made and the logistical challenges that arise on set.

The Chair is also notable for its use of innovative technology, such as a social media platform that allows viewers to interact with the show in real time. This platform enables viewers to provide feedback on the films, offer their opinions on various aspects of the filmmaking process, and even vote on the final cut of the films.

Overall, The Chair is an engaging and insightful look at the filmmaking process. By focusing on two novice directors as they attempt to make their first feature films, the show offers a unique perspective on the challenges and rewards of filmmaking. The show also uses innovative technology to engage viewers in the filmmaking process, making it a must-watch for anyone interested in the art and craft of filmmaking.

The Chair is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on September 6, 2014.

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Outside the Bubble
10. Outside the Bubble
November 8, 2014
In the season finale, Shane is given shocking news, and the winner is revealed.
The Test
9. The Test
November 1, 2014
Anna and Shane's editing process commences, and both fight to maintain their individual vision while their work is critiqued.
Two Martinis
8. Two Martinis
October 25, 2014
As production starts to wrap up, Shane indicates he is moving on from his YouTube persona.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
October 18, 2014
Shane and his producing partner have a lot of tension building up between the two of them.
Moving On
6. Moving On
October 11, 2014
Anna is struggling to manage her time on the set.
Picture's Up
5. Picture's Up
October 4, 2014
It's the first day on set for both movies. Anna battles confidence issues, as she finds herself leaning more on Phil for support and guidance. Shane attempts to balance his directing duties with the demands of playing Scott, who is not the type of character he is used to playing. Meanwhile, the screenwriter Dan struggles to find a role on both sets.
The Ramp Up
4. The Ramp Up
September 27, 2014
As the teams head into their final week of pre-production, casting dilemmas loom for both Shane and Anna. Table reads for both teams lead to worries about story and if their individual interpretations of Dan Schoffer's original script are ready for filming. Anna's tension with the documentary crew continues when her husband, Victor, arrives. Executive Producer Chris Moore secures financing for production to begin.
Mentionable Is Manageable
3. Mentionable Is Manageable
September 20, 2014
Shane has casting and location issues because of the off-color script. During a casting session Anna stops producers interfering.
Dollars & Decisions
2. Dollars & Decisions
September 13, 2014
Anna and Shane both need financing for their projects and it proves to be hard.
The Experiment
1. The Experiment
September 6, 2014
Two first-time directors, each starting with the same screenplay and budget, struggle to shape the script to fit their vision. Shane Dawson, a YouTube star, prefers a raunchier comedic style, whereas Anna Martemucci, an independent filmmaker, hires her husband and brother-in-law to help rewrite the script. Shane heads to Pittsburgh for pre-production while Anna fears leaving on this journey by herself.
Where to Watch The Chair
The Chair is available for streaming on the Starz website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Chair on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV and Crackle.
  • Premiere Date
    September 6, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (497)