June 11, 2017 at 9:06PM

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Too Many Filmmakers

Has anyone noticed that there are simply too many filmmakers? How many great films can a race make? How many films can the Industry support? How many filmmakers are going to inundate their audiences with mundane, unwatchable fluff before no one cares any more? How many Spielbergs can there be? Certainly not ALL of you (and this is just a tiny, almost nothing drop in the bucket) are going to make anything even worth watching.

More and more films are being made with crews with no experience, no pay, and no real skills, because hey, it's a "cool" job. Just because you CAN do a thing, doesn't mean you MUST do that thing. Most shorts I even bother watching are simply wretched and unwatchable. And no one wants to be honest.

We're ruining filmmaking and no one is going to stop.

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A great film can come from anywhere and from anyone. Even the Hollywood legends produce unwatchable "turds" from time to time.

All that has changed in the past 10 years is the cost of entry to make a film has dropped so low that pretty much anybody can make a film, but it still takes talent and ideas to make a good film, and that is always in short supply...

June 12, 2017 at 12:18AM, Edited June 12, 12:19AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I totally agree with you. You should find another line of work because it just isn't working out.

June 17, 2017 at 3:59PM

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in every era a lots of people start with a work, start from zero, and with very few exception, do a rubbish... the difference is that 20 years ago few people see my rubbish when i start, today all people load on social, youtube and more... but...
today a guy that start a career could share his rubbish and reiceve a comments and constructive critics to do better, 20 years ago no...
today a good talent could show his skill, also between a sea of rubbish. Today is better for my opinion...
if you crush the chance of everyone did rubbish on their first work may be that you do the same mistake did an old producer here, in italy.
Some years ago, that producer fired a young director on his first work, and told him that he never worked more in movie industry, he hasn't enought talent to do...
that words stayed on the brain of that guy until he replayed to that producer some years later... during oscars show... James Cameron with arms full of oscars thanks mr Ossitis, be cause his words was a spur to demonstrate that he is a great director...
no one born perfect, if we have talent we grow and show it, if we haven't ... patience... from the born of cinema there were a lot's of rubbish producer, but before social no one hate them... only ignore their existence or ignore their works... :-D

June 18, 2017 at 4:21AM

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Carlo Macchiavello
Director
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thats a great film
i love this film
kodi addons

June 18, 2017 at 7:46AM

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snaagar
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You're right, most shorts are terrible. If you ask me, *most* features are terrible too. That just means that the ones that speak to me shine through a bit more.

The dreadful short you watched on Vimeo yesterday could have been directed by someone who wins an Oscar in 15 years.

The internet has changed things, definitely, and it's bewildering sometimes. Ultimately though if you're watching loads of terrible films instead of making terrible ones, you're not a filmmaker. Go out there and make an absolute fart of a film as though your life depended on it, for pay or no pay, fame or ridicule. Artistic pursuits have always been like that. As Herzog would say: "filmmaking is just a series of humiliations", it's not a 'cool job', it's a fucking difficult one.

I used to sell guitars in a shop before I went freelance and when people used to come in and ask me "How long will it take me to learn the guitar?" I used to say "about 20 years". I just got sick of people thinking that making music, art, film, literature or anything else was about having the right stuff and ticking the right boxes. It's about absolutely heartbreaking graft that will turn your soul to blackened stone and make your blood boil until it evaporates. It's about making and breaking connections, wishing you had a 9-5 desk job and wishing you could sleep in your own bed for once.

It's not cool.

June 18, 2017 at 10:12AM

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Liam Martin
DP, editor, part time director
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"About 20 years" That's brilliant! I may steal it.

June 23, 2017 at 12:48PM

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Joseph Elliott
Director of Photography, , Director, Editor, Composer
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I like to think there is a finite number of pixels available to us in the Universe...and we shouldn't waste them!!!

June 18, 2017 at 11:51AM

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Andrew Neighbour
Filmmaker
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There are not too many films. There are too many bad films. Making even a not-bad film is one of the hardest things to do. I specialize in stuff that is hard to do, and making a decent film is the hardest.

June 19, 2017 at 9:05AM

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Curtis Polk
Principal
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I've heard the same complaint about website designers (industry I work in). There are a ton of bad website makers out there. But where I work, we ignore (sometimes laugh) at bad ones and move on with the next awesome website we're working on. There is money in filmmaking. Tough competition, but there's money.

June 19, 2017 at 2:31PM

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Ethan
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I don't think there are too many filmmakers or film, just like I don't feel there are too many bands, singers and songwriters or artists or sculptures etc. I am not saying the OP is the case, but often people feel entitled because of they desire to make a living from art and resent others that are making money and feel their failure is due to supply and demand and less worthy competition. I do not make any money from my films by design, I love making films and devote no time to promoting them, but instead devote myself to making my next film. In no way do I imply you should feel this way. What ever art it is it is a business. So, it is not filmmaking, it is filmmaking business or music, it is the music business. So many people are great at art and lousy at business, but in terms of money those that are good at business and mediocre at art make money and those great at art do not due to lack of marketing skills. There is no entitlement, no one owes anyone anything. Want to make money with filmmaking? Be good with marketing and business or find someone to partner with that is, case in point Troma Films.

June 20, 2017 at 3:43PM

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Sorry to be blunt, but this is a bad attitude and I'm tired of seeing it. The barrier of entry to filmmaking has never been meritocratic, but economic. If you could afford to make a film, you could, no matter how bad it might be. Now the economic barrier is lower, so more people do it. This is a good thing. The more people who have access to the tools to make art, the better.

Ignore the trash and make better films.

June 22, 2017 at 5:49PM, Edited June 22, 5:49PM

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Joseph Elliott
Director of Photography, , Director, Editor, Composer
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Too many filmmakers with nothing, I mean absolutely nothing to say! You've noticed that too, uh?

June 23, 2017 at 11:50AM

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Man! who stole your Chicken, stewed it and ate it? Not everyone will make it but all you need are the few who will do what they need to do to compel an Audience. its either you make it or you don't. Anyone can try to make it in the business... don't be the Grinch homie.

June 24, 2017 at 1:38AM

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Wentworth Kelly
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