May 2, 2013

The State of the Cinema

Going ahead....  another recurring theme on this blog will be links to long-ish articles that I find online that I may read or send to my Kindle or bookmark for later reading. I -will, in most cases, provide it here with no further commentary - just the link and a short excerpt or two.

Long read for the today:

Steven Soderbergh: The State of the Cinema

The director confronts the economics of moviemaking, and whether there's hope for independent film:
"In 2003, 455 films were released. 275 of those were independent, 180 were studio films. Last year 677 films were released. So you’re not imagining things, there are a lot of movies that open every weekend. 549 of those were independent, 128 were studio films. So, a 100% increase in independent films, and a 28% drop in studio films, and yet, 10 years ago: Studio market share 69%, last year 76%. You’ve got fewer studio movies now taking up a bigger piece of the pie and you’ve got twice as many independent films scrambling for a smaller piece of the pie. That’s hard. That’s really hard."

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