What Would You Change About Movies?

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   Ed Love said on October 13, 2011 at 11:38 pm

More adult films! No, not THOSE adult films, but ones made for adults. Yes, believe it or not, we still go to the cinema, and we actually enjoy stories without frequent fart jokes, lame sex references and/or explosions.

Last time I checked, there were more people over 30 than under, so perhaps it’s time to make more films for this audience? And not just for Oscar season, either.

I’m doing my part by writing a screenplay for adults, so I’m happy to be part of the solution, instead of just complaining :)

   Nathan Ruegger said on October 14, 2011 at 3:31 am

Upgrade all movie theaters with Electronics Force Fields that immediately turn off every cell phone in the theater.

Trust me, you can text about it later.

   Vladimir said on October 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I would change the kinds of stories movies tell. Currently, the main question is “How?”: how will X and Y end up together? how will Z vanquish the killer? how will giant robot A punch giant robot B? Never is the question “What?”, namely “What will happen?”. It is clear that the two will end up together, the killer will get vanquished, and there will be plenty of A on B (and B on A) punches. I want movies to tell stories where I don’t know in advance what will happen, where the destination is unknown.

   Robert Starling, SOC said on October 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Returning to the use a great scripts rather than the crutch of over-used technology is where we need to be. It’s all about the story, not the equipment.

   Kermet said on October 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Distribution. Theater screenings are “events.” If the film does not warrant the hype of a national, weekend event then focus on local markets, fewer theatrical releases and online distribution (streaming vs. download). This will bring budgets to realistic levels and raise independent filmmaking to national levels.

   Sean McConville said on October 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Do away with “A FILM BY…” credit. It’s simply not true and misleading to non industry people.

   Emilie McDonald said on October 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Let the audience vote on which titles they want to play at smaller theaters. At least allow one title a week which local audiences choose from a larger pool of independently-made films.

   Eric Feuer said on November 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm

If I could change anything about movies it would be the industry standard that characters must go through dramatic change. I understand that the characters must learn or grow from some experience or event but people go through forces of change or events every day that don’t always dramatically alter them. I feel a story that focuses on how the character subtly chnges or adapts could be much more satisfying to watch because it’s realistic. People grow and learn they don’t always change

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