An interesting article in GQ by Mark Harris. You might agree, you might disagree but he makes a solid argument for his case.
It’s not that making films or getting films made is any harder these days. It’s always been hard. If it wasn’t everybody would be doing it – oh wait. But seriously, it takes years to get something made and if you’re not in it for the long haul, it’s going to suck major ass. Which might be where the real disconnect occurs.
See as far as my spec material is concerned, we’re well into the years. Literally inching towards production but the stuff I’m hired on to get to camera? Weeks. Yes weeks. Not how anybody likes to work and certainly not the way to producing the best work you can manage. But you do what you can to keep money in the bank, a roof over your head and food on the table.
But the current model of putting $200 Million or more into a single film doesn’t seem like a good one to me. I’m not saying we shouldn’t make those films but should the risk be spread out a bit? Maybe four $50 million dollar films or maybe three at the fifty mark and then use the last fifty to make a series of five to seven million dollar films. you know encourage younger, newer talent into the fold?
A little more bait, a little less switch.
Sequels have their place just roll back on the density of them on the available screens. And yes, graphic novels can still sit at the table too just more Watchmen (original style, solid story telling), less Jonah Hex. In fact if we can limit Meghan Fox to just still images, the world will be a better place over all.
Expand the demographic base to more than just males 12 to 25. Cause you know Tyler Perry for a, “Niche,” film maker / producer does okay and he’s binned the Hollywood model completely.
Things aren’t broken, they’re just in flux. The people who make films need to try a few different things and those of use who watch films need to make our wants heard.
Less explosions per minute perhaps.
A theater experience that doesn’t set your teeth on edge or make you feel like your wallet’s just been raped.
Cause personally, if my stuff only ever saw the screen on your home entertainment system, I’d be happy with that (as long as my pay cheque reflected my effort).