Saturday, December 4, 2010
entertainment industry coach question 639: Why do so many stupid films get made and I can't get mine made?
Halle Berry brought this up the other night because she had so much trouble getting funding for her film Frankie and Alice. I suggested that there be separate movie theaters: Arclight type for the $15 movies that cost $200 million to make and smaller film houses that show everything under $50 million and only charge $5-7 for a ticket. I think people want to see interesting character films, but aren't necessarily willing to spend the same 15 bucks that they would to see Mission Impossible 4.
Other than the Wayan Brothers and a few others who go after big money in the "stupid movie" category, I don't think most filmmakers or studios set out with the intention of making a stupid film.
If you haven't made a movie, it's a lot like baking a chocolate souffle. You have a recipe, yet so many things can go wrong if you're off by the slightest bit.
I'm not naive enough to think that everyone is passionate about every project they work on (I've heard many interviews where someone has bashed working on my favorite genre), but I don't believe anyone intentionally sets out to be the piece of the recipe that causes the souffle to flop.
Keep taking the steps to getting your movie made, and forgive those who've tried their best but cost you 90 to 120 minutes of your life that you'll never get back.
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