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October 06, 2008


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Margaret Oomen

Interesting, but I can't help but think should it not have always been that way. Now off to read Elsita's blog !!! I loaded both at the same time but yours came up first .

Elsita :)

Billy, this is a deep article and everything about it is sooo right. I think that most of the people in the film business (specially the ones with the bigger power) will definitely have to change the old methods of producing and distributing films based on second-guessing what it will be a hit. It kills me when the whole film industry machine turns down wonderful projects just because they are not "commercial enough" or because they won't attract enough people to the theaters. (How can they even be so sure that this will be the case?)

And then, so many times when the right project gets made it gets killed by a bad distribution and wrong presentation. The most beautiful jewels get lost in an ocean of out of control content because something important was missing: the connection with the people out there, the necessary engagement in order to communicate that something special about the movie in question.

Reality has changed in a radical way since the introduction of the internet in modern life. The fact that any of us can now have a voice through all the electronic and easy-to-access channels of communication, makes a huge difference in how the CONTENT happens. Before this kind of digital revolution we were more like the sponge waiting for the water to arrive so we could absorb it.
But now we are not passive sponges anymore, we are now not only part of how the content gets created but we ARE the content itself.

I think that a great part of the creative people behind movies understand this and that's why in the end the independent film business will play an important role in the way things are developing. The new big is SMALL because smaller means more connection, more real-thing and this SMALL philosophy is affecting all areas of life. Now that the big corporations are losing credibility people are realizing that we can create a better reality by just participating in it in an active way.

The film business needs the Etsy-kind-of-revolution that the craft world is going through right now. I think that this is coming!

Elsita :)


Hola Bill
Hay mucho de Elsita en este blog. Recortes, elementos naturales, juegos y fantasía, pero también se respiran viajes, cine y música.
Felicidades por adentrarte en este mundo donde todos compartimos un poquito de nosotros.
Un beso para tus pequeños


Wandered over from your wife's blog -
Great post!
So excited you have a blog now!
I will be coming back regularly! :)

Kate G.

Thanks for posting this, William. There are so many possibilities for writers, but economics often discourages invention. The piece you've posted keeps the light on. Welcome to blogland!


I love the idea of a movie made up of 90 one-minute segments. Kind of like how Dickens serialized his novels. But with the instant feedback and interactivity of the Internet, the film could definitely evolve as a conversation with the audience, though hopefully not in a cheesy way. I think the blog format is an interesting literary format, and it's so interesting to see how people use it for so many purposes. I would love to see a film in the form of a blog.

I look forward to reading more about your take on the seismic changes in your industry.

andrew fogelson

i just spent a surprisingly long time wandering through Cuba, autism, Lars, the Chicago Bulls, creativity, children...and the pain in the ass called The Movie Business. and it was my pleasure.

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