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Speaking of exploitation

This intrigues me. I'm not entirely sure which side of the fence I'm on here.

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magicmarmot
Mar. 30th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Looking for ethics in Hollywood is like looking for absolution in a whorehouse.

The ethics aren't the thing for me. I think that the actors should be paid, particularly when the film makes a whopping amount of money, and yes I do think that Quaid should have negotiated a better contract. Union scale isn't exactly a pittance, but when you've been negotiated down to accepting a lesser amount on the grounds that the movie won't make any money and the studio turns around and spends $30 million marketing it, yeah, that is an issue.

That's not the quandry for me. It's more the destruction of the "arthouse" film in the process. Realistically, if I'm ever going to get theatrical release for a film, it's likely to be in that "arthouse" category, and when the studios fuck with that system in order to make the bucks, it messes with the chances of the independents to get in the door.

Which is probably an intentional side effect of the studios. They don't want independent films, because they threaten a tiny portion of their bottom line.

I don't think that the future of motion pictures is going to be tied to theatrical releases anyway. The studio system is killing theaters across the country, and with the advent of higher technology, more people are staying home and watching DVDs and high-def.

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