11/25/2012 03:15 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Barry Levinson on The Bay : Cinefantastique's New York Comic Con 2012

2012-11-20-DistressWomanatHospital_410.jpgFound footage horror is usually the domain of entry-level directors and cheapjack producers who have no problem using smeary images and awkward ellipses to cover for incompetent filmmaking. So what was Barry Levinson -- he of Diner and Good Morning, Vietnam -- doing slapping consumer equipment into his cast's hands and sending them out to shoot their own footage? It turns out that Levinson -- no stranger to breaking the rules of standard film production (after all, his political satire, Wag the Dog, was shot on the quick-n-dirty during an involuntary hiatus from the filming of Sphere) -- was whipping up The Bay, an effectively disturbing eco-terror tale in which a Maryland fishing town is decimated by a quite vicious parasite born from the rampant pollution of Chesapeake Bay. In the process, he also managed to teach everyone how effective the found-footage technique can be when it's used as a tool and not a crutch. Somebody had to.

Our coverage of New York Comic Con 2012 concludes, belatedly, with the roundtable interview Levinson gave during the con in support of the film. Click on the player button to hear the show, or right-click the link to download.

Barry Levinson on The Bay: Cinefantastique's New York Comic Con 2012