I just caught this part on dvr and all I could think was we're losing so many talented people and there is so few people stepping up to fill the shoes. It's gone from an industry of great talent to one where the mediocre seem to succeed. Anyone else notice this?
Nail on the head as far as distribution. :thumbsup Just look at what mp3 downloads and youtube has done for music (as far as getting it "out there"). The same will happen when the bandwidth expands to carry the load -- goodbye distribution gatekeepers!I don't think it's the directors. I don't think it's the actors either. Or the writers. I think it's the people running the studios.
The industry is in this period of transition but seems to be desperately trying to hold back whatever change is coming because that change is as-yet unknown, and therefore terrifying.
The formulas aren't working as well as they used to. Theater attendance is dwindling. And while craptastic films can guarantee that SOMEONE shows up, you're really just slowing the bleed. I think the industry knows it and it's freaking terrified. But rather than see some sort of surge of maverick directors or something, it feels like the control from the top is getting tighter and tighter.
Meanwhile, the internet is just slowly chipping away at it all.
Really, I think what ultimately is going to change is the distribution model, which will change production and financing, and that will ultimately change what the product itself is.
To be honest, these days I often find better stories from video games than I do from a lot of films that would otherwise be competing with them. Granted, I hold video games to a different standard, but the thing is -- Hollywood continually fails to meet that standard.