THE WIZARD OF SPEED AND TIME
The film displays an extraordinary degree of inventivity on Mike Jittlovs part from the tiny little stop-motion robots that putter about his kitchen to the stop-action chase sequences and hand-drawn animation to the flights into orbit and car chases aboard a motorized briefcases. Jittlov is someone with a rare love of what they do, which clearly shows up in the wondrousness and the attention to minutiae in the final product on screen.
Unfortunately considered as anything more than an effects reel, The Wizard of Speed and Time is fairly amateurish. Jittlovs actors are clearly non-professionals. As a director, Jittlovs non-effects sequences are weak. When he tries to add humour to the film, he hits a moronic slapstick level the scenes with the two fake cops running about are agonising. The film lacks a story and you could make of it the same criticism that can be applied to cynical big budget films that they substitute effects for the creation of any genuine sense of wonder. Mostly, the film acts as a wish fulfillment for Jittlovs it seems to represent a frustrated amateur filmmakers rather mild thumbing of his nose against the commercial Hollywood establishment. The satiric bent vented on union regulations and sharkish producers does seem to represent some genuine vitriol on Mike Jittlovs part. He has a grandiloquent line wherein he expresses his dream: This is how movies should be made no studio hassles, everythings ready, just get together and film. I mean who needs a soundstage, were making movies by starlight. Jittlov rather flatteringly casts himself as the nice guy schmuck taken advantage of where the earnestnestness of his creative vision eventually wins through, which seems a little egotistical of him. However, the theme is too one-note to be more than mild amusement.
The Wizard of Speed and Time developed a small cult on video, although Mike Jittlov has failed to produce anything or appear in any other work since. One would have thought that the 1990s growth of effects houses and technology might have found a welcoming place for Jittlovs love of effects.
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