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EDIT: You know, it's funny. The first of the film starts with actual location shots but the scenes that could have easily been shot in the California desert were done on a sound stage.
According to the actors, most of it was filmed in front of a green screen. The background was then added in (very badly in most scenes).
I disagree with Enjay. Yes, the movie was only made to piss people off, yes they did some very underhanded tactics post-production, and yes, they knew how the middle east would react. But, in the end, who were the ones that actually got out their weapons and went to town slaughtering people? The protesters. The blame is on these barbaric overreactors.
I, too, agree. I hear a lot of people applying the poking the bear expression but we can't use that mentallity when dealing with humans. We all know radicals are not rational people, but we can't let murders and pillagers with a lick conscious get less attention and discipline than a guy who made a poorly filmed parody trailer. Even if he had political motivations.
I agree that people should be able to make comments and not fear recriminations but, sorry, life ain't like that and you have to keep that in mind, especially when dealing with humans. When you "poke the bear" you know what is going to happen - the bear is going to get pissed off and maul someone. If you are the potential bear poker, you know the likely consequences of the poking and you have to decide whether you are OK with the consequences happening.
In this particular case I can only see the content of the film as being intended to upset people (deliberate upsetting of an individual or individuals is considered a crime in many places BTW). The likely reaction of the people getting upset was very predictable. We've seen it before. The maker of this film almost certainly set out to upset Muslims. He almost certainly knew the form that such upset would take. He went ahead anyway. With rights come responsibility. Just because you can say something, it doesn't mean you should. People have died as a consequence of the reaction to this film. The reaction was quite predictable, even intended. The film maker is, in part, responsible because he knew it would happen if he made and released his film. It shouldn't happen, but he knew it would.
If you walk up to a guy with a track record of getting upset at insults and beating people up because of them and you call him a cunt, you can expect a beating. No one would think that you were wise for doing it. Everyone would expect you to get a beating. It would be reasonable to consider that you were, in part, responsible for getting a beating. If you make an intentionally inflammatory film ridiculing Mohamed and Islam, you know that significant numbers of Muslims will get upset and that rioting (and worse) is likely. The film maker knew this (possibly even wanted it) and went ahead anyway. As a direct result of his decision, people are dead. I know that shouldn't be the case, but the reaction is not a surprise. I'm not saying that the film maker shoulders all the blame. He isn't the one picking up weapons and killing people but he knew that it was a likely outcome of his film.