Kevin and I started Creative Motion magazine a year ago to help indie producers, so have been doing a lot of research. These are our findings:
We'll be providing some specifics in the summer magazine, but to encourage you that you don't need money, just talent, to compete with the big boys, here are some of the main points we'll be using to elucidate this:
Christopher Mihm makes movies like the old black and white monster movies, and they're hilarious:
2. Dying Studio Model
There are many, many articles about this, but Harvard Business Review's
"Why Isn't Hulu Better?" article sums it up most succinctly:
"...the problem we believe each major studio will face as it enters the streaming market, is that it’s hard to fully realize the benefits of a new business model when your organizational structure is designed to protect the old one."
3. Animation's Easier & Cheaper
There are now free, and easy to use, animation programs, so literally anyone can animate:
4. Blockbuster Fatigue
Blockbuster fatigue occurs when spectacle trumps story:
Mark Hamill was right.
Because as Kevin says, when you run out of stories, what's left, but to kill off the superheroes?
There are some more examples we'll be covering, but in case you'd like to research some, Ted V. Mikels was the iconic filmmaker who founded the grindhouse genre. Kev was blessed to be his official biographer, and learned a lot. One, was that Charlie's Angels was his baby, that Aaron Spelling stole it from him (per Francine York). Mikels made his movies for next to nothing and is BELOVED to this day, yet, I've never heard anyone say anything good about Spelling, including his own family, sadly.
And people can still quote lines from Mikels' movies a quarter century later, that's something every filmmaker would love to say about their movies. Ted was a natural story-teller. Which speaks to talent. Ie., some people are just gifted this way.
Regarding Clutch Cargo, Jonny Quest was their baby, too, the studio that made Clutch, that is (Cambria). They were the creators, not Hanna Barbera. Cambria just didn't have money back in the day to sue.
Anyhow, in 1959 they made Clutch:
Bottom line: the time is right now for literally anyone who has any idea of creating their own platform to do so. For literally no money down. We did it. I built 3 Roku stations for nothing, and I'm not even a techie.
- Kristen Collier