The Proof That Movies Won't Get Made Any More Is That... More Movies Are Being Made Today

from the consistency-is-all-I-ask dept

The Hollywood Reporter recently had an article which is pretty much all doom and gloom about the movie industry, based on a conference at USC about the "Entertainment Law and Business." Seeing as it's an LA event, it's not surprising that much of the story took the typical Hollywood line about how terrible things are these days. But what's amazing is that it seems to treat the success stories as if they're failures. It quotes YouTube star Sam Tsui, who points out that "you can't become complacent as a content creator -- you need to do new, exciting stuff" and turns that into the complaint that artists have to spend all their time running "to keep in the same place." Most of us call that "a job."

But the really stunning bit is that right after three paragraphs moaning about the state of the indie film business today, there's this:
Even when the indy news is good, it isn’t: Wilson said she saw more films on offer at the Cannes Film Market in May than she’d seen in a decade. That bountiful crop translates to an oversupply of product, a point Zimmer emphasized when he noted that there are only three key buyers of arthouse product remaining, Focus, Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company.
Er. Wait. That is good news. More films at Cannes than in a decade? Seems like lots of people are still making movies, and still have tremendous incentive to create, even if some of the old guard haven't quite figured out the business model just yet. Even more hilarious is the "explanation" for this "oversupply":
Panelists spoke ominously of films getting made "that shouldn't have gotten made."
Remember, these are basically the same people who are complaining all the time that movies won't get made if they don't get extra special protections. These are the same folks who say that the film business is collapsing and it's all a disaster. And then... when the evidence to the contrary is shown -- with more movies showing up at Cannes than any year in a decade -- that too is suddenly incorporated into the "disaster narrative" even though it goes directly against their claims. So, apparently, the movie business is collapsing and movies won't get made any more, and the evidence of this is that a ton of new movies got made last year.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Nov 2012 @ 10:20am

    More doom and gloom from the industry that's broken box office sales per year for almost all of the last 6 years, lacking one. Each year's income a record over the year before. The one that didn't break a record? A few percentages points off making it so not that bad either.

    Personally, I don't go anymore. Too expensive for what is offered, poor viewing atmosphere, all around poor experience for the money. Maybe it would be for the best if less money were available for movies so they actually had to be more picky over the movie subjects and how they were done.

    Remakes of remakes are senseless. Why would I go to one? I already know how it ends. Movies made just for special effects to be displayed aren't worth the cost unless they further the plot of the movie. Which has been a major offering the last few years as movie houses seem unwilling to take the chance on a movie that doesn't guarantee total returns every time. This seeking the total payback within just a few weeks has changed movies to a formula where there are very few surprises for the viewer. More people come away saying, "oh, saw that coming" which in and of itself ruins the experience as those same ones reactions show when they don't see it coming.

    Big money has ruined the making of movies. Since they are so poorly made and displeasing, why should I reward them? Rather I would like to see most of them go broke.

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