Great article on the Death of Mid-Budget Cinema on flavorwire.com
For most of you, like myself, what the article talks about has been painful apparent for the last couple of years - even before I worked in the film industry when I was just a member of the audience. But I do appreciate how it lays it out. And just because we are aware of something, doesn’t mean we should stop talking about it. Especially, if it is something that needs changing; then we need to keep talking about it even more.
And for me as a filmmaker, who is just at the start of my film career, I would like to believe in the potential of making films above 500K. Coming from commercials, I know better than anyone else that 500K does not go far. You might not agree with me, but I would rather see a couple of top notch, beautifully crafted films, than a plethora of cheaply rush produced movies.
I do want to add as a footnote, that the article does not mention 20th Century Fox Film, a studio, which has always bet on a diverse roaster of films in various film budget and Fox has done very well with it! This to me is proof that the “formula” is not one for all and that when the other studios might find out that the “formula” does not work, they can rest assured that going after a more diverse model of distributing funds is tested and works.
And I leave you with a quote from the great Orson Wells, which is an unromantic reality all filmmakers live in:
“I look back on my life and it’s 95 percent running around trying to raise money to make movies and five percent actually making them. It’s no way to live.” –Orson Welles
This quote also appears in the fabulous docu/mockumentarySeduced and Abandoned, a funny and at the same time sad love letter to the current state of filmmaking. Well worth watching!