Mutiny on the Bounty HD-DVD
Posted 06 October 2008 - 11:12 PM
Posted 07 October 2008 - 10:37 AM
In Hollywood, as in any industry, everything costs something. The producer writes checks. And when making a feature film he negotiates and writes a lot of bank checks.
Sure, contrary to what I just wrote, I do agree that filmmaking is an artform. But the industry is the business of making the art (How to make the film as cheaply as possible) and then the business of selling the art.
Another concept to understand is that Hollywood is not a filmmaking industry, it's a film-marketing industry. Studios are corporations that make profits. They do this by creating values, i.e., when a film is in theaters, there are newspaper ads, and when you, the consumer, see the ads you believe the film has a $10 (theater ticket price) value. 19 out of 20 consumers don't see the film in a theater. However, 17 of the 19 who don't go to the cinema think, "I'll rent it." Renting isn't free! Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, or any video store charges $3-$4, so, in essence, the $10 film was put on sale at a 60-70 percent discount- now the consumer pays to see it. No ads, no video store rentals. It's that simple.
Hollywood is a marketing industry. Distributors would love to split $10 with theater owners- they try every time for a "box-office" winner- but if they don't get it, they'll gladly split $3-$4 with video store owners and add to the profits with lucrative pay-cable and broadcast sales. And this is only North America.
Don't get me wrong. It's not that Hollywood has no desire to make excellent films. It tries to make the best film possible every time. But 4 out of 5 films the studios make are poor to mediocre. Do they quit? No, they market the duds. They place ads, create a value, cash in, and make profits even with mediocre-to-rotten films because Hollywood is a business. It is a marketing machine.
Again, I still acknowledge that filmmaking is an artform. But it's really a business.
Why did I bring all this up? To tell you that your producer probably isn't going to listen to you when you tell him he's a cheapskate. In fact, I think it's better just to not say anything.
But the biggest reason he's probably not going to listen to you is because 70mm is pretty much extinct.
To hear the sad truth, go to this website:
I apologize if my post is too long, and I hope my advice is helpful.
Edited by Benson Marks, 07 October 2008 - 10:41 AM.
Posted 07 October 2008 - 01:18 PM
AWSM - Ultra Panavision Wing
Posted 07 October 2008 - 04:40 PM