'On the Lot' eliminates Kenny Luby and Mateen Kemet, reveals Top 6
By Christopher Rocchio, 07/25/2007
Kenny Luby and Mateen Kemet were revealed to be eleventh and twelfth finalists eliminated from On the Lot during last night's live broadcast of the Fox reality filmmaking competition series.
Similar to the previous four eliminations, On the Lot host Adrianna Costa told Luby, a 28-year-old freelance director and painter from Owego, NY, and Kemet, a 41-year-old teacher from California, of their fates last Wednesday -- less than a day after last Tuesday night's screenings and home viewer voting for their films, which were action shorts filmed over the course of five days on Universal Studio's back lots.
Luby's The Losers was about a father who competes in a downhill skateboarding competition in place of his injured son. Permanent On the Lot judge Carrie Fisher told Luby he has an "awesome eye" and "makes incredible looking films," but was left wanting more from the plot.
"It's a little unbalanced," commented Fisher during last week's broadcast. "Your screenplays -- your stories -- aren't as developed as how your films look." Last week's guest judge, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, agreed with Fisher and thought The Losers' story "teetered away" at the ending.
"The action could have been much stronger," said Fuqua, who also recommended Luby take a less active role in all aspects of his film to focus more on directing. "You're good, you've got an eye. You've got to just let other people just do what they do and then you'll be better at what you do, which is direct your actors and get a better performance and tell a better story... You did too much I think."
"Your film doesn't go the way you want it to, and if the judges aren't completely into it, you really feel worried because all the films are really solid," said Luby prior to learning his fate.
Kemet's Catch was about a good Samaritan in hot pursuit of a thief, and he received positive feedback from the On the Lot judges.
"I thought you did a good job with that. I thought it might be your most relatable thing so far," Fisher told him during last week's broadcast. "I think you've really grown as a filmmaker during this... I really thought you executed it well."
The judges comments had left Kemet feeling good about his chances of receiving enough home viewer votes to make it into On the Lot's Top 6.
"In my opinion, I thought I had the best film of the night," said Kemet prior to learning his fate. "I feel good. After last night's show, I did my best shooting that film. There's no way I could have done any better."
A video clip of both learning of their elimination from Costa then aired during last night's On the Lot broadcast, which marked the reality competition series' second "double elimination" based on viewer votes following last Tuesday night's broadcast. Luby was the first to receive the news from Costa.
"I'm glad that I was given the chance to show the filmmaking I'm able to do," said Luby after he learned that his film was one of two that received the lowest number of viewer votes and he'd been eliminated from the competition. "I learned that there's a lot that I don't know. I just want to be a filmmaker and continually learn. If I do that, the prize will come."
Costa then revealed the next elimination was based on "one of the closest votes we've ever seen," and added it came down between Kemet and Sam Friedlander, a 27-year-old web producer from Santa Monica, CA whose film Key Witness focused on a bounty hunter chasing someone down. Despite his optimism, it was Kemet who was eliminated.
"This opportunity had definitely afforded me the chance to work in some genres I might not have worked in on my own," said Kemet. "I'm gonna start knocking on doors. The world has not seen the last of Mateen Kemet."
The elimination of Luby and Kemet also revealed On the Lot's Top 6 finalists, each of which will now be responsible for screening a film and facing home viewer elimination for the remainder of the competition. After revealing the eliminations, On the Lot's live broadcast screened new romantic comedies shot by the Top 6 finalists.
The Top 6 finalists who premiered their new romantic comedies were Friedlander, whose film American Hoe was about an engaged couple arguing over the types of stamps for their wedding invitations; Will Bigham, a 31-year-old film editor from Glendale, CA, whose film Unplugged was a story of the love between two desk lamps; Zach Lipovsky, a 23-year-old special effects editor from Vancouver, BC, Canada, whose film The Bonus Feature was a modern fantasy about a guy trying to impress a girl; Adam Stein, a 29-year-old freelance film editor from Los Angeles, CA, whose film Girl Trouble was about a very bizarre one-night stand; Jason Epperson, a 30-year-old film production company owner from Winchester, KY, whose film Old Home Boyz was about some guys who get together at their 50-year high-school reunion and settle their differences in an interesting way; and Andrew Hunt, a 31-year-old promo producer from Minneapolis, MN, whose film Keep Off Grass was the story about a guy whose lawn is destroyed by two superheros in a lovers quarrel.
After the six aspiring directors screened their films, Fisher said her favorite was Stein's Girl Trouble, although she called it a "difficult choice;" fellow permanent On the Lot judge Garry Marshall said he liked both Bigham's Unplugged and Hunt's Keep Off Grass because he couldn't decide between the two; while this week's guest judge -- Lemony Snicket and City of Angels director Brad Silberling -- said his favorite was Epperson's Old Home Boyz.
During next week's On the Lot broadcast on Tuesday, July 31 at 8PM ET on Fox, one of the six aspiring filmmakers will be eliminated based on viewer votes cast after last night's episode. In addition, the finalist who receives the most number of viewer votes will have actor Jerry O'Connell star in their films shot this week, which will be centered around automobiles.