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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    Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), 2 Nov 2012 @ 7:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Can you deny that on a global stage, it is more difficult to stand out than on a purely local stage?
    False dichotomy there. You don't neccesarily need to "stand out" on a global stage, just get emough people to listen... the attention of a rather smaller percentage of the 2.3 BILLION people online is needed for "success" than of a few hundred thousand "locally" wouldn't you say?
    That people today will compare local artists to their global counterparts, which was just not the case a hundred years ago?
    So you're suggesting it was easier before the advent of the recording industry? How about before easy transport when perhaps all that was needed for a "career" was to be one of the top 3 singers in your village? Not sure what point you're trying to make here in relation to the internet - compared to, say, 40 years ago it actually looks easier to get global recognition now.

    I'm not convinced you could ever make a career out of a hobbyist interest in pretty much anything, including music. Even the words "hobbyist" and "career" themselves contain the intimation of "amateur not really trying" vs. "dedicated professional putting in effort". Respective singing talent has little, if anything, to do with it looking at the immense amount of complete rubbish that "makes it" globally so I have to say the defining characteristics of success look to be more to be the amount of effort put it to making it happen and/or the luck of being in the right place at the right time with the right sound.

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