Directors blame filmmaking crisis on Internet

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The Internet levels the playing field and wrenches away power from motion picture industry fat cats. The Internet is friend not villain to these independent filmmakers. Yes, it eats away at traditional audiences, creating huge new audiences. If filmmakers and directors have problems riding the Internet beast without getting thrown off its back, then they need to learn to ride the beast. Like the flying raptors in the movie Avatar, filmmakers need to learn to CONNECT with these creatures (audiences connected to the Internet), control them, mount them, and ride them through cyberspace.

Oct 25, 2010 2:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
socratesfoot wrote:

Look at the leg-humping RC car and leggy seduction-bot pointlessly included in Transformers 2, and it will be painfully obvious that the Internet isn’t killing film-making, film-makers are! They are so out of touch with what people really want and who their target audiences are, way too concerned about pushing agendas and political commentary, and sadly thinking special effects and sex will sell anything. Game designers right now have better stories going than Hollywood does. The result is that even a good movie is approached with skepticism and most will try and download it or wait until it comes on rental than waste an hour in the theater on crappy films that got overhyped.

Oct 25, 2010 3:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Adon wrote:

The crisis in filmaking is the films being made, notcompetition from the internet.

Oct 25, 2010 3:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
slothrop wrote:

Where’s the meat in this article? HOW does the internet “eat into traditional audiences?” Is this an allusion to piracy? Say so. I’m watching more movies than ever…through Netflix, DirecTV, xBox, etc. and I’m paying for every movie I watch. Are the directors not getting enough of a cut? Say so.

Oct 25, 2010 6:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
notme3832 wrote:

Overuse of the internet has aggravate my ADD. I can no longer sit through a movie.

Oct 25, 2010 8:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

The crisis in movie making is the garbage these directors foist on the public. Which movies make the most? Clean language, minimal violence family movies. Instead they want to give us gory, foul mouth, sex based movies with no plot and lousy egotistical actors. Go back to what they made before the 70s and you’ll make money again.

Over course that would mean that Hollyweird would have to get over itself and quit pushing smut. That means they would have have to actually use their brains.

Oct 25, 2010 10:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mediaman wrote:

The “disruptive technology” of the Internet and World Wide Web, do indeed continue to change the structure of entertainment.
The Web must now be considered a “pipeline” through which consumers have a growing number of choices. Not only that, but the pipeline itself is morphing more Mobile every day. Current trends indicate Mobile will be far short of bandwidth needed inn just a couple of years.
The FCC must expand the spectrum available to Wireless Internet at the same time it forcibly separates Content provisioning from the Pipeline infrastructure. The reason that the U.S. lags so many other countries is the FCC allowed regulatory monopoly,geographic and infastructure particularly, to exist, allowing U.S. customers to be charged 100%, 200% even 300% more than other countries….for LESS!
If pipelines competed for Content, and Content bid for pipeline space and spectrum, we would see more choices for less through transparent marketplace of competition.

Oct 25, 2010 12:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rekrapt wrote:

I wonder if these concerned filmmakers read the comments in articles on this subject. They would have the answers they seek.

Oct 26, 2010 10:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Ruler4You wrote:

I suppose there is something to this, but I blame a contrariness to the view points of the public at large compared to the “creative” bent of hollywood in general.

In other words; they are producing crap. And people don’t want to pay good money to go see crap.

Oct 26, 2010 11:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doc54 wrote:

Half the movies released to theaters should be straight to video or not even made at all.
Then the price of tickets is ridiculous. You end up paying a huge fee to cover the 20-30 workers that hang around these mega-complex theaters between 11 am and 3 pm for 100 (on a good day) customers.
And, after all this bemoaning of a dwindling clientele, everybody is insisting on making 3-D movies, which some can’t visually distinguish, others can’t physically tolerate and many just don’t appreciate at all. Yes, cry about falling numbers then take steps to limit your audience even further.
Well-made, viewable movies, without phony effects and contraptions are what attract good audiences.

Oct 26, 2010 1:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
asok2 wrote:

LOL! Look in the mirror, dufus, if you want to know why no one wants to watch your pathetically mindless anti-American dreck! It has nothing to do with the Internet, and everything to do with the garbage written, produced and directed by ignorant and childish “progressives”.

Try producing intelligent, multi-layered, well-written, well-acted, and well-directed stories as good as “Dexter”, “Sopranos”, “Deadwood”, the first two seasons of “True Blood” and you’ll pack the theaters.

The garbage progressives are producing now is vapid and shallow CGI crap that is little more than recycled videogames.

I use to be an avid moviegoer, but the last movie I paid money to see was “Hurt Locker”, which was a brilliant and excruciatingly intense (true) story.

Other than that, the last few movies I went to see I walked out of, feeling angry and ripped off. No more I said. And interestinly enough, I soon found I didn’t miss going to the cinema at all, and grew out of the habit of even bothering to see what movies were playing. Even more intersting, I’m not even hearing from anyone via word-of-mouth about “must-see” movies.

So, Hollywood, you’ve lost me forever as a regular cinema goer since there were so few great movies being made, it was no longer worth the effort to pay attention enough to find them.

But, a final word of advice. There are thousands of great books and short stories that have yet to made into movies. Pick a few and apply “Dexter” quality script-writing, acting, direction, and editing via small-budget efforts, and you’ll have people beating down the doors of the theaters.

Oct 27, 2010 11:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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