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How Economics Encourage Indie Film Sameness

Ever wonder why it seems that independent films nowadays seem to feature primarily character-based stories or aren’t the breeding grounds for Jean-Luc Godard’s successors?  Ted Hope posted a dozen thoughts on the subject here.  A couple of points are worth emphasizing:

6. To maximize revenues, films must play well on all screens, including small mobile devices, encouraging filmmakers to use more close ups and less wide shots.

7. Everything is market-driven so projects are conceived to sell, relying on proven genres, story lines, themes, and values – particularly those that sold well before. This is true to actors and directors too. We get a culture that looks like what came previously.

Hope’s post may have come out a few weeks ago.  But his insights are still very timely.

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I'm a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film...but don't tell anyone.

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