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James Schamus on the Future of Filmmaking (with Tips for Filmmakers)

James Schamus on the Future of Filmmaking (with Tips for Filmmakers)


Here are some highlights from Schamus’ Produced By NY 2014 interview session with producer Bill Horberg (“The Talented Mr. Ripley, “Disconnect”):

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Anything can matter if you make it. 

“Are more people eating Big Macs than dining at Daniel? Yes–who cares? If something matters, it matters. It could be a movie, a TV show, or a game. If you’re asking if it matters, you’re asking the wrong question–the best way to make sure cinema doesn’t matter in the future is to wonder if movies matter.” 

It’s all about data. 

“The river of money is flowing to the people with the algorithms,” He said. “You’re not creating movies, you’re creating the occasion for increased surveillance and data points.”

Get advice.

“Somebody actually does know something, people do know more. There are those out there in your business who do know more.” 

Producers don’t make movies. Movies make producers.

“Producers don’t ‘produce’ movies, movies produce a class of people like us. We organize it for a group experience, second skim off what we can and throw it back into the stream where people are tracking our movements. We are disturbances in the field of capital flow.” 

Bounce ideas off your friends.

“If it’s all about the story, then just tell the story to your friends. They get it.”

On how the industry makes any money.

“‘No Outside Food Allowed’ are the four most important words in the business.”

On the Future of Film vs. Digital.

“I’m excited to see ‘Interstellar’ in 35mm. That said, you will know on November fifth exactly how many 35mm projectors are in use. And it will be half that next year.”

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