Saturday, March 08, 2008

"Indie Film" Means "Sad Ending"

At least according to Samsung and this little animated "short" called Seedling. It's part of Samsung's effort to give you "an unparalleled look inside the independent film industry."

Wait. If it's an industry, how is it independent?

Anyway, it's a cute little commercial. Oh, sorry. I meant "short."

There's another one called David and Goliath here.

With most major studios now supporting their own "independent" efforts, the term "independent film" is beginning to lose its meaning. There's an "art house" theater here in Orlando that's pretty cool, with nice couches and tables and a pretty good menu, but eating in the dark while reading subtitles isn't that easy or enjoyable. And just because a film is from France, has taboo-breaking themes or was directed by someone who won something once at Sundance, that doesn't automatically make it "art."

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  • How come independent films are always hyping their independence, often boasting the achievement of producing with meager budgets (although usually managing to nab major stars), yet ultimately charging theatergoers the same ticket prices as the big-budget, megastar movies? Why don’t consumers benefit from the cost-savings realized through lower production values? Consumers aren’t asked to pay the same prices for a Hyundai versus a BMW. Yet the movie industry makes everything equal from the consumers’ standpoint. Actually, this is all my personal, over-thought excuse to justify sneaking into movies I didn’t pay for at the local Multiplex.

    By Blogger HighJive, at March 9, 2008 at 1:49 PM  

  • aw. :'(

    By Blogger Thinking In Vain, at March 10, 2008 at 12:56 PM  

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