Ben Affleck, Matt Damon’s hilarious Project Greenlight videos

Project Greenlight is returning to HBO soon, and is currently accepting three-minute short films from non-professional filmmakers. The deadline is tomorrow, while others can judge those videos through Aug. 22.

The best short videos it has produced so far, though, are ones with executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to promote the show, such as this:

The videos, which are on YouTube and the show’s web site, are quick but hilarious and demonstrate, by example and via their actual discussion, a smart understanding of what makes good reality television. In the one below, for example, Damon talks about how “you don’t need to add anything” to the show to make it dramatic. Affleck immediately says, “If the show gets boring, we will try to make people fight. Just pull a little hair.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.