September 8, 2014 at 4:34AM
Why do we need movie studios?
I'm just curious, because I'm a new filmmaker: Why is it that we need studio distribution anymore?
You can get the same VOD distribution on your own for a flat fee (ie: Distribber).
If you want it scene on screens including TV you can use cheap (ie: Chromecast). If you want your film in movie theaters, there are crowd funding platforms that specialize in that (ie: Tugg).
With their millions of dollars of P&A, they still can't guarantee they'll make their money back, let alone they'll have a hit. Yet a pimple faced teen in Nebraska who knows how to handle social media can have just as much influence (ie: Gary Vaynerchuk principles).
There are few stars in the world (most of whom are aging before our eyes) that can guarantee a great box office weekend.
Let's put it this way, I have access to many well-known people and they complain that there are very few good studio projects and they are all fighting to be in them. They say, it's not like people imagine that everyone's just turning down scripts left and right, at all.
Once filmmakers get a movie deal with a studio, they often complain about the studio system and studio notes and how they lost control of the film.
I know you receive a much larger budget if you land a studio deal and that's one advantage but costs of shooting a film are so much cheaper than they were, even five years ago.
Though many say it's incredibly difficult to raise money on crowd funding sites, I know people who have produced some of the top films of all time and they still can't get their low budget films made by mini-studios.
I'm not saying that if Paramount Studios handing me a studio film opportunity that I would turn it out down necessarily, but my question is, other than the feel-good feeling of being "picked", what is the advantage?
Is there going to come a time (maybe it's already arrived) when we seriously don't need the studios at all?
What are your thoughts?
(FYI -- I wrote this at 2am, so excuse any typos)