Making a movie is difficult even in the best circumstances, but some films require extra dedication from their creators. Copyright laws, permits from local officials, government censorship, and the whims of producers can all stand in the way of a filmmaker creating the movie they envisioned, but some refuse to let these obstacles stop them. From sneaking into DisneyWorld to film a dark comedy about a conspiracy behind Disney itself to taking out a full-page ad in the newspaper to publicly shame a studio into releasing their movie, these filmmakers went to brazen lengths to get their projects onto the big screen. In some instances, they broke copyright rules to use footage that was essential to their visions. In others, they went undercover to gain unprecedented access to their unsuspecting subjects. Some of these movies led to decades of lawsuits, while others managed to get away with their illicit behavior by posing clever legal arguments or escaping the jurisdiction altogether.
Whether it’s breaking the law or going undercover with criminals, these movies prove that having a great idea and a budget to match is no guarantee that the filmmaking process will be smooth (or legal). Vote up the behind-the-scenes shenanigans that were all worth it in the end.
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