Los Angeles, CA—It used to be that Hollywood would make terrific movies every year. Great stories delivered by great actors were plentiful and ticket prices were somewhat cheap. These days we are lucky to really enjoy more than a few films per year. There is however no shortage of total trash being offered in the cinema today and the ticket prices are higher than ever.
I know that in the heyday the movie studios called the shots and decided what film projects would be made. Agents referred actors and crews and the studios made the choices. That went upside down when the agents and agencies gained control over the studios.
Today, each agency develops and protects their projects only within their core group. The agencies by their nature are incredibly incestuous and that stifles creativity. The agencies have run out of ideas and just make films for the sake of making films.
You can’t maintain excellence without locating and developing new talent with fresh ideas. The agencies are too busy protecting their relatives, lovers and selves from competing outsiders. I’m not suggesting that this is not a natural result of human behavior but it has gotten in the way of making quality films.
The agents have given themselves the last word on green lighting projects and their judgment is clouded by their close relationships with their talent. I’m convinced it is also a case of murdering investor’s profits.
An amazing thing has taken place over the last several years and that is filmmakers with cheap cameras are everywhere. Some of them are quite talented and their talents should carry more weight than their performance on casting couches. There are legions of gifted but unrepresented actors, writers and producers. The unrepresented filmmakers are barred by the agencies from breaking into the business. Lawyers call that anti-trust and the practices are illegal however the agencies always seem to get away with this conduct.
I only know one thing and that the annual Academy Awards Show is hemorrhaging viewers and that’s because the quality of the entries is at an all time low.
Hollywood needs to write a new chapter on film production and open the doors to some new ideas. They need to win back their audience. The Academy Awards should once again generate millions of world-wide enthusiastic viewers.