Filmmaking / Directing : 5 Ways Modern Movie Directing has Changed (For the Worse) by Kyle Climans

Kyle Climans

5 Ways Modern Movie Directing has Changed (For the Worse)

What do you guys make of this article? It feels very pessimistic, but I'm not sure how accurate it is to the current situation that is the film industry. http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-modern-blockbuster-has-changed-for-wo...

5 Ways Modern Movie Directing Has Changed (For The Worse)
5 Ways Modern Movie Directing Has Changed (For The Worse)
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Tivoli Silas

Great article! It does a good job at emphasizing the problems of the modern studio system. It really does come down to the lack of originality in the industry. Now I'm not entirely against reboots and sequels, especially if they are done right, but it's getting out of hand. It's like Hollywood has forgotten the reason we make films in the first place and has let the business aspect of film business take over by trying to find easy ways to make money. I also can't help but compare the lack of mid-budget films to the modern social class system with a shrinking middle class.

Ted Westby

In my humble opinion it doesn't now, nor ever has, had anything to do with lack of originality. As I see it this glut of "re-boots" and sequels is all simply a matter of making the most cash the quickest way possible. Why take risks with your money when you can simply ride the train to the bank on known commodities, things people are already familiar with. It isn't called Show"business" just for fun. Does make me sad though. More than it ever has.

Richard "RB" Botto

I agree with Tivoli. Emphasis on the studio side. I'd argue there's more exciting, original and groundbreaking word being done on the indie side than at any time since the mid to late 90's. Appreciate you sharing, Kyle!

Tivoli Silas

Yes, I agree that indie films are definitely original, but the studio system definitely is suffering from a lack of originality and taking risks.

Richard "RB" Botto

Studios have been risk adverse for a long time now.

David Timber

I agree with your statements. Especially Richard's, "Id argue there's more exciting, original and groundbreaking work being done on the indie side than at any time since the mid to late 90's." I'm of the same mind. The 90's was the indie break through since the 70's Cinema Verite, French New Wave, John Cassavetes, and others. Then the film school era, Scorsese, Lucas, Spielberg, etc. The 90's was more outside the industry, organic newbies and guerrilla, found footage, and small budgets and production companies. After a while everything I mentioned got franchised by Hollywood, executive producers and financiers from New York. Well, here is a new era where technology and social media has set the field anew for independent filmmakers and other creatives to regain autonomy. The finances can still be the thing. It can be the source of birthing your vision or the uranium that needs to be handled with caution, otherwise...

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