May 1, 2006

Idea: A remake of “Fred Ott’s Sneeze”

OttIt seems these days that Hollywood scrapes the bottom of the barrel for movie material. Of the movies opening this summer, 7 are sequels and 17 are remakes or adaptations.

Well I’ve decided to do Hollywood one better. I’ve gone back further than anybody ever has before to remake a movie. I’ve remade one of the earliest known movies, an 1894 film called Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze, also known as Fred Ott’s Sneeze, starring Thomas Edison’s assistant Fred Ott. You can view the original film here, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

My remake is more of a re-imagining, really, than a remake. I’ve decided not to make a period piece, but instead to modernize the story of one man’s struggle to remove an irritant from his nostril, setting it in the present day in a small apartment in New York City.

Here is my film, simply called Ott. Enjoy.

Bonus: Watch the extended Director’s Cut of Ott.


The remake is always worse, isn’t it? I think your lead really let you down.

I’ll wait for the DVD.
I hear the director’s working on a Gertie the Dinosaur remake now. In New Zealand somewhere.

such artistic freedom taken - you really made it your own - and your lead is hot

Is it true that it will premiere at Sundance?
I haven’t seen such an emotive sneeze since my son blew snots all over me.

I think it’s brilliant.

Moving, enlightening with very subtle overtones harkening back to a bygone era of great performances.

As I recall, Edison also made a very cheeky film about a kiss. I think you need to brach out from your serious bodily expulsions work into the romantic genre.

I also have a vague recollection of a film involving a man watering a garden and getting kicked (or something like that). You do slapstick?

I especially love the comments on YouTube. Ur awl moranz!

Hilarious idea, by the way.