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Old 12-27-2010, 01:44 AM   #1
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Default Is originality the new trend?

Hollywood Moves Away From Middlebrow

"Moviegoers have sent a message that seems obvious but has often been forgotten: make a good product, or we won't buy.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/27/business/media/27movies.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a25

'Still, the message that the year sent about quality and originality is real enough that studios are tweaking their operating strategies. Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio behind “The Social Network,” is trying to bet more heavily on new directors with quirkier sensibilities. To reboot its “Spider-Man” franchise, for instance, Sony hired Marc Webb, whose only previous film was the indie comedy “(500) Days of Summer.” The studio has also entrusted a big-screen remake of “21 Jump Street” to Phil Lord and Chris Miller, a pair whose only previous film was the animated “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.”

“We think the future is about filmmakers with original voices,” said Amy Pascal, Sony’s co-chairwoman. “Original is good, and good is commercial.”'

So does this bode well for original specs?
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:48 AM   #2
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There is no trend for specs. People enjoy great writing. That's the trend.
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:44 AM   #3
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Hollywood Moves Away From Middlebrow

"Moviegoers have sent a message that seems obvious but has often been forgotten: make a good product, or we won't buy.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/27/business/media/27movies.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a25

'Still, the message that the year sent about quality and originality is real enough that studios are tweaking their operating strategies. Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio behind “The Social Network,” is trying to bet more heavily on new directors with quirkier sensibilities. To reboot its “Spider-Man” franchise, for instance, Sony hired Marc Webb, whose only previous film was the indie comedy “(500) Days of Summer.” The studio has also entrusted a big-screen remake of “21 Jump Street” to Phil Lord and Chris Miller, a pair whose only previous film was the animated “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.”

“We think the future is about filmmakers with original voices,” said Amy Pascal, Sony’s co-chairwoman. “Original is good, and good is commercial.”'

So does this bode well for original specs?

I didn't read the article, so I'm just going by these quotes. I find it funny how they say originality is the new trend yet talk about a remake of "21 Jump Street." Maybe the trend is letting different directors break free from being pigeonholed into one genre, and not so much about giving new content a better chance.

Edit: I read more of the article and another part talks about an adaptation of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and a film revolving around Disney's Haunted Mansion theme park ride. So I don't think the article was trying to send the message that original stories are going to be more respected and in demand, but rather that studios are going to have to make mass-appeal movies that are also high quality if they want theater goers to keep paying.

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Old 12-27-2010, 07:03 AM   #4
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why waste your time reading the nytimes? you should be reading the hollywood reporter.

and with the success of the "remake" true grit - a teenage girl newcomer stealing the limelight from 3 a-list actors you should be thinking about your own girl western (or is that somebody else on this board?) and how the industry like to piggyback on success.
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:35 AM   #5
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why waste your time reading the nytimes? you should be reading the hollywood reporter.

and with the success of the "remake" true grit - a teenage girl newcomer stealing the limelight from 3 a-list actors you should be thinking about your own girl western (or is that somebody else on this board?) and how the industry like to piggyback on success.
#1: because the writing is better.

#2: sent 36 queries today.

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Old 12-27-2010, 07:49 AM   #6
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#1: because the writing is better. - but their knowledge is not... obviously!

#2: sent 36 queries today. no one will be working this week and their mailbox will be jam-packed after the new year. better hope they stick out somehow.

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Old 12-27-2010, 07:52 AM   #7
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...#2: sent 36 queries today.
A-ha! So I'm not the only one who TOTALLY ignored that pre-Christmas "advice" in the thread about taking the next 2+ weeks off!

I absolutely blitzed last week and got some some great (and fast) feedback, even one on late Christmas Eve, probably because there wasn't as much competition from you hotshots!

I'm giving them a break today, though, but good luck to you, LauriD.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:42 AM   #8
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“In years past,” said Sean Bailey, Disney’s president for production, “most live-action films seemed like they had to be either one thing or the other: commercial or quality. The industry had little expectation of a film being both. Our view is the opposite.”

That's so sad it's almost hilarious.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:56 AM   #9
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“In years past,” said Sean Bailey, Disney’s president for production, “most live-action films seemed like they had to be either one thing or the other: commercial or quality. The industry had little expectation of a film being both. Our view is the opposite.”

That's so sad it's almost hilarious.
It seems to me that most of the lower-mid echelon just chase any current year's successes on genre and material.

On the other hand, the big guys (eg. Disney) want to keep the money flowing, but they look further ahead and have the cash to do so. So, they do a lot of rehashes of their own successes, but they're big enough to try new things, or dapple in quality over commerciality, even if only as small "genre divisions" of their main lines, or to back-pocket something that may be worth something some day.

It really comes down to playing the odds, and having enough cash to do it, to try new things, either to catch something in the bud or even start their own "next hot thing".

In an interesting recent response to one of my reads, a producer said I should stick to one genre within a script. I took this to mean one simple genre, per story, for the simple-minded audience. What a sorry underestimation of the ticket-buying public. The script in question was described as a Zomedy but with action and romance elements. It was too much for him, I guess.
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In an interesting recent response to one of my reads, a producer said I should stick to one genre within a script. I took this to mean one simple genre, per story, for the simple-minded audience. What a sorry underestimation of the ticket-buying public. The script in question was described as a Zomedy but with action and romance elements. It was too much for him, I guess.
a couple of my scripts are very complex and while pitching i would get two completely different responses. 1 - that's too much!!! and 2 - that's great... and then you mix it up with that element... etc.
my point is never put all your eggs in a basket from one person's opinion. they're just people who have just as many varied opinions as you find here on this board. if they don't like it, move on to the next... unless they're paying you.
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