It seems that, if you want creative, high quality, genre films then it’s best not to rely on the big film/TV houses. Yes these films get made but very often genre cinema is reduced to by-the-numbers box ticking. It’s my belief that low quality unsatisfactory film making is one of the drivers of piracy and potentially falling numbers at the cinema*. And yet there is an appetite for quality thought-provoking stories, you only have to look at District 9 or Inception to see that people don’t just want entertainment they want to use their heads a little as well.
The entry price for making films is actually dropping. The cost for quality equipment - previously a barrier – has got to the point that independent film makers can create films on small budgets that are extremely effective. In other words the days when only a handful of people can make Star Wars are coming to an end. It is just possible that there will come a time when we don’t need to rely on large corporations to make cinema quality art. These houses have a part to play and will always be here in some form (I actually think this is a good thing) but, like television, I can see a time when someone who wants a particular kind of story can get it from various channels. If the big boys aren’t making your space opera … maybe someone online is – and they’re making it well while infusing it with their own unique style. In many ways it seems that this is harking back to the days of early cinema.
I’ve already made a couple of posts on this topic. Rather than reuse the same blog title I’ll add a new category – The Future of Film. I’ll tag the short films I come across with this and for each film I intend to write as much information on the creative team that I can discover without boring everyone.
*Of course there’s more to it than that.