Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tuesday links!

No film has affected me this year quite like Like Crazy... go see it.
Interview: 'Like Crazy' Director Drake Doremus on Filming Romance [FirstShowing.net]

Young Hollywood: How 40 became the new 30 for actors [Slate]
The average age of female Oscar winners, after remaining steady for almost half a century—40 in 1960s, rising slightly to 41 in 1970s, 41 again in 1980s, 40 in the 1990s—in the 2000s dropped to 35 for the first time, pulled down by wins for Charlize Theron (28, Monster), Reese Witherspoon (29, Walk the Line), and Natalie Portman (29, Black Swan). And those are Oscar wins, not nominations, the culmination of careers, not their beginnings.

Interview: 'Happy Endings' producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff talk Halloween, friendship and more [HitFix]
Caspe offers an honest, interesting perspective on the similarity among shows premiering at the same time: Obviously, when I pitched the show, all those others were being sold simultaneously. None of us were aware of each other. I know that from the outside, some of the reception was, "Oh, that's the thing to do this year," but that's not how it works. I was completely in a vacuum, and unaware of what's being pitched, and the people on those other shows were the same way. So not until things start to air did I realize, "Uh-oh, there's like 5 or 6 of them coming out." Then there is the concern, especially because we aired last, I believe. If you count 'Mad Love,' 'Perfect Couples,' 'Traffic Light,' only 'Friends with Benefits' came on after us. I felt the writing on the wall and felt we were going to have a tough road. I didn't quite realize how tough it would be, and some of that's my inexperience in television. And then there were some things that I kind of wasn't aware of. I thought a guy getting left at the altar to start a show was an interesting way to start a pilot, and I think people felt it was too similar to Jennifer Aniston's character running away from the altar. To be honest, I haven't seen the pilot of "Friends" in a long time and didn't realize that similarity. Once one thing went against us, everything looked even worse. I look like I ripped a show off even more. But it is what it is, and we just keep plugging away and trying to make funny shows.

Producers and Executives at Odds as the Sweet Studio Deal Dies [THR]

The State of the Studio Deals: Who's Doing What Where [THR]

The Script Writer for 'Anonymous' Defends His Controversial Movie [The Atlantic]


Dan Williams said...

I read the article on "the state of studio deals" and it was kind of negative.

I've learned that there is always some "major concern" at any particular point, always some "doom and gloom" scenario, always "a reason" why persons can't or won't succeed.

The thing is to tune the negativity out and to follow the inner promptings of one's own talent. The good times will return, and then the thing to do will be to put the bucks aside for when the next downturn happens! But "to keep one's own head" and to keep working is a good way to focus each day.

Anonymous said...

i like whay you doing! =)

Dan Williams said...

I read the article on "the state of producers and execs" and it too was a bit negative although it pointed to a nice new direction for the future.

The thesis of the article is that producers are no longer producing movies that appeal to the 25-and-under demographic, and so studio execs are stepping in to homogenize the movies so that they WILL appeal to younger audiences. And they are doing it in a way that makes the producers, who used to be treated like kings in Hollywood, feel disrepected and bad. But a way into a better future is for producers to produce unique stories that will appeal once the homogenized movies lose their appeal.

So what does this shift in power in Hollywood mean to up and coming young writers?

It just means that there are now two tracks up the mountain to the top. One is to work with the studios and do what the execs want as this will lead to work and a paycheque. The other is to work on truly good and unique material in private that will get a greenlight in the future and led to a nice critical and financial success. We're just in a time when persons have to work with the system instead of making the system work with them. This is a normal development, it's part of the cycle of things.

The worst reaction would be to rebel against the system. That only hurts the rebel. The right attitude is to realize that sometimes we have to wait for conditions to change in our favor. Waiting and working is good. The writer has the script and looks for the moment when it will be made. To be ready when the time comes is everything. Life is not bad because conditions don't favor us. They'll change, and then the success will happen. To have written a great script, and to know it will get made one day, is a great way to face every day, with confidence and ready energy. And it will happen.