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Topic: Depressing but maybe helpful article?

Author: Terri S Posted: 05/13/10 02:10 PM

Here's an interesting article about the current state of Hollywood. I honestly can't decide if this makes me feel better or worse.

Personally, I'm waiting for Sit n' Spin: The Movie. I hope it's an adult film. ;)

http://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2010/05/hate-your-movie-choices-blame-the-recession/56350/

Author: Cat Bistransin Posted: 05/14/10 09:27 AM

I feel worse, Terri, and after I finished, I looked for the by-line -- Lynda Obst-- and went back to bed.

Cat

Author: James Schannep Posted: 05/14/10 11:13 AM

What's so bad about that? Tear-jerking, dramatic scripts win contests, flashy genre scripts get produced...everybody wins, right?

Honestly, I try to ignore "the end is near" claims like this. If you try to follow the trends, you'll end up reaching them right as they change again.

Author: Terri S Posted: 05/14/10 11:36 AM

I sort of looked at it in two ways:

Pro: The article is saying that crap will sell if it's going to make money, which is the #1 priority for the studios right now.

Con: The article is saying that crap will sell if it's going to make money, which is the #1 priority for the studios right now.

Basically, the current plight of Hollywood really sucks right now, but at least it's nothing personal against the thousands of us who are trying so hard to get our foot in the door. The author of the article flat out stated that she had to pass on a good script. So...it's frustrating, but it's frustrating for a LOT of us. Kind of the misery loves company philosophy. Which is not to say that I wouldn't be thrilled for any of us who manage to break down some barriers and end up being very successful. Personally, I would rather keep working hard and write scripts that I believe in than sell something like Jello: The Movie.

Author: Michael Scott Posted: 05/14/10 06:11 PM

There's a movie in this. "Get Shorty" meets "Play it Cool" and Danny Devito becomes the oldest American Idol contestant and actually wins. Who's buying?

Author: MIKE DONALD Posted: 05/15/10 09:58 AM

Damn, I actually used a Jello theme in my last script!

I'm going to be strong and not read the article. I went there and saw it first hand, so learning what they think is happening right now is not relevant by the time we kick the walls down...especially if you have more than one genre and budget bracket in your portfolio.

Also we know how much a contact and attachment is worth, on top of a high concept script...

You can't out think what you think they want...who was it said " I can tell when you're lieing...your lips move." sums up most people you'll bump into in Hollywood...and if they're honest is that a bonus?

So far, so waiting to see :)

Embrace the madness, either go mad or get made...higher powers than us will decide.

Cheers,

Mike The Limey

Author: Heather Hughes Posted: 05/17/10 01:57 PM

Yay, Mike. My thoughts exactly.

Author: Janet Hogate Posted: 05/17/10 05:15 PM

I think the article is helpful but not quite true. I mean I think the problem is just a little more complicated than telling us not to write so "smart" or "original". I think they mean because of our economic times they want something as "sure" as possible. So it can in fact be smart and original it just has to be a "sure thing" in some way also. IE, someone known in Hollywood recommends it, its of a genre that always does well, it requires a star who ALWAYS does well (Johnny Depp) etc etc.