Sunday, August 25, 2013

Discussing Story, Character, Pushing the Mid-level Show in TV

Discussing Story, Character, and Pushing Mid-level Show in TV,

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"This surprise revival was spurred in part by the studios’ collective neglect of the so-called “small story” that still clearly resonates with audiences. In an industry that remains fixated on tentpoles, the difficulty of getting mature dramas shown in theaters has made television all the more attractive to top film talent, who are turning, ever-frequently, to the small screen in order to deliver high-caliber, sophisticated content." - Aimee Manis, Studio System News

For the emerging filmmaker, it is important to track this. Why? Because where you make your money will be largely dependent upon where you work can be sold. Production constraints from limited budget won't exactly make you a top contender for blockbuster directing any time soon. You work will have to be intelligent and provocative and the roles will have to be meaty because the accessible market place today exists wherever there is drive to fill in the middle-level demand. Does this mean you'll be contending with Steven Soderbergh for the sale? Not necessarily. The ways in which a good film can be delivered have increased; consider HBO GO for example. That veteran filmmakers are taking the time to maintain the interest in smaller yet better seasoned product, as well as using kickstarter in some cases to garner the support of their fanbase, is great in that it drives attention to the tools and mediums that rising creative talent must also utilize to develop their career. Therein lies opportunity when audiences are proven comfortable and appreciative of lower scale (in terms of cost and advertising) productions.


Let's get what we came for,
C.M. Sanchez III


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