Hollywood’s 4 Biggest Lies
From Raindance.org: The film industry is pretty simple to break into, if first, you understand some basic concepts. The basic concepts can be learned pretty quickly, despite what industry moguls tell you.
However, there is some basic bullshit that surrounds the industry that keeps first-timers away from writing, directing, producing or starring in a movie.
1st Lie: Filmmaking Is An Art
If filmmaking was an art, you would go get some film stock, rent a camera, make your ‘art’, and then line up on Piccadilly on a Sunday morning with the other buskers and try to sell your art to a passers-by – or give it away for free for others to enjoy. But we both know that it doesn’t work like that.
To make a movie you need to write cheques–and lots of them. When your movie is finished, you will want to negotiate the best possible deal for the greatest amount of revenue. Therefore, filmmaking could be discussed as writing cheques, negotiating and revenue potential. To me, that sounds like a business. And everything in the British film industry is about business. The sooner you realise this, the sooner you are likely to succeed.