Eli Roth Diaries: The Perks Of Working On The Lot

Eli Roth has been documenting the making of “Hostel: Part II” with a series of diary entries for MTV. Yesterday Roth wrote about his secret weapon in the edit room. Today he talks about his favorite mode of transportation on the lot.

One of the other advantages to working with [editor] George Folsey Jr. is that he’s always working, and has great contacts at every studio. Right before “Hostel: Part II,” George cut a kids movie for Warner Bros. called “Unaccompanied Minors,” so he had all his editing machines set up on the Warner lot. Instead of moving to a new place, Warner Bros. just let us stay in the editing rooms, since no one else was scheduled to move into those rooms for a few months.

Warner Bros. has a beautiful, beautiful lot, and every day that I go to work, it feels like something out of “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” or the beginning of “Ed Wood.” I see directors like Chris Nolan and Zack Snyder around, and I’m editing next door to Wolfgang Petersen, who’s editing his director’s cut DVD of “Troy.” (That’s right, I get to share the same bathroom as Wolfgang Petersen. Kinda awesome. )

But the best thing about working on the Warner lot, by far, is that we have our own golf cart. I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it. I mean, I have a thing for golf carts anyway, but to have my own golf cart on a movie lot…this was a dream come true. I ride around in that cart all the time. I have absolutely no idea what we could ever possibly use it for, except for giving tours to friends when they come to visit me in the editing room. I ride all over the lot, looking at the different shows and movies shooting, and usually wind up getting lost or stuck in a dead end somewhere around Joel Silver’s company. There’s a nice small-town America back-lot where I like to drive to, with fake stores and a fake school and everything. It’s so cool. And somewhere in between the coffee drinking and golf cart rides, I have to edit the movie.

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