Theres a revolution going on in film. A mass exodus from
Hollywood of sorts, a movement thats catching on like wildfire. I, for one, am
grateful for it.
Tyler Perry, Ice Cube, Kadeem Hardison, Malik Yoba, and most
recently, the lovely Meagan Good are all actors and entertainers who are taking
charge behind the scenes, building opportunities for themselves and others
By becoming producers of their own film products, they are
becoming creators of quality roles that are currently far too lacking for
minorities in mainstream Hollywood.
This concept is not new. Spike Lee and others began the
movement long ago, determined to depict us as more than just the stereotypical
comedic homeboy, neck rolling around-the-way girl, angry victims of society, or
associates pitted against each-other hyper-sexed gender wars.
Weve also long been aware that of the 80 years of Academy
Awards ceremonies, 80 opportunities for actors and actresses to vie for the
distinction of being the best in a leading role well really 160 opportunities
since the actor and actress categories are split – that African-Americans have
only collectively gone home with 5 of those in total. Five. Yeah, thats old news.
In fact, many have come forward in the past 80 years
determined to do something about it. But to create a quality film, with
cinematography and effects fit for a silver screen or DVD
release, one needed monumental financial backing and an inside track into
Hollywoods technological resources.
This usually meant you got one shot, and one shot only, to
make an impact. Maybe two, if your inside track really liked you, and your
first shot made that certain someone sitting in a plush Burbank office some major cash.
Whats different about today is that, much like the advent
of home music production in the last decade, the availability of technology
that has until recently only been available to Hollywood studios has also
become obtainable by the average consumer. Everything has gone digital, and
therefore, has enabled new and affordable distribution options for the
independent filmmaker, just as it has for independent musicians.
If you can refinance your home and access its equity,
chances are you can obtain the resources needed to make a quality film product,
and get it to a wide enough audience to make some noise. A little over-simplified,
but essentially, if you can get your hands on some quality talent, paired with
a quality script, rent an HD camera and some lights, and get a copy of final
cut pro, youve got your movie.
You no longer need a budget of tens of millions for a
production. Hustle and Flow, Napoleon Dynamite and Open Water were all made for under a
couple million, but made exponential profits in return. And the reality is,
while many still frown upon the straight-to-DVD
market, thats where the bulk of the money is made in film, even in Hollywood.
Of the thousands of films created every year, only a handful
ever see the silver screen, yet there are thousands of independent filmmakers
that are making comfortable livings off of DVD
sales alone. Even after a film goes to theatrical release, major studios depend
on the after-market DVD sales to
Whats even more exciting is that filmmakers like Tyler
Perry and Will Packer of Rainforest have taken their successes into the next
realm by building their own studios. Rainforest Studios and Tyler Perry
Studios, both located in Atlanta, are now forces to reckoned with; and trust
that Paramount, Warner Brothers, and the like are taking note, as the actors
are following. Why do you think I
relocated to the A? *wink*
So heres to all my independent filmmakers. Keep doing what
you do. Actors like myself are counting on you. And the good news is that
theres still plenty of room in the market. We need quality content.
If you have the passion to create and the desire to make an
impact on an industry that has both the power to heal and entertain, go pick up a camera, give me a call, and lets make
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