Genuine Art: Indie Films and Over Saturation of Film Concepts

What does it take to make a genuinely original film?  Hollywood’s [6] major studios constantly remake books and other pieces of media into film.  On top of that you have genuinely passionate screenwriters who essentially have no legitimate say in the creation of the film, due to producers directors etc. and who can barely make […]

“No stars, just talent:” or, how the Indie Film was won by Hollywood and changed its identity

There’s a scene about halfway through Robert Altman’s The Player in which studio executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) is listening to the pitch of two idealist screenwriters. The story is compelling, but the screenwriters are adamant that the film not contain any stars, and that it not resolve itself. In a comment that’s a little on the […]

Autonomous Video Games: A dive into the world of Indie game production.

Much like the production of a music album or an indie film, the production of an indie video game. Like other indie products, indie games are typically self-made games representing the creator’s intentions/ideas instead of following the latest trends in the gaming world. Hesmondalgh and Baker bring up in their book Creative Labour: Media Work […]

Bob, Harvey and Quentin Unchained

My lesson from Alisa Perren’s Indie, Inc: Miramax and the Transformation of Hollywood in the 1990s was two-fold: I learned that the Weinstein Bros. made Miramax the enormous success that it was and that they are also responsible for kick-starting Quentin Tarantino’s now sensational career. Considering their current cult following, it seems odd to recall […]

A View Askew: Indie Cinema in the 90’s

The so-called “Cinema of Cool” started with a handful of young American filmmakers in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. These filmmakers were born out of the post-modern media landscape of changing views towards cinema production and distribution. These filmmakers were all inspiring each other and pushing the genre of “indie” into a more sophisticated […]

Miramax and the new Hollywood Dimension

The rise and fall of Miramax is known throughout the media world as an excellent case study of how a small independent distributor could not only rise up to compete in the big leagues with major motion picture studio films, but also produce a series of independent films and/or niche-products that were able to attract […]

What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?: Marketing the Horror Film

When it comes to the film business, marketing is half the battle. A film with even the hardest Hollywood hitters could not make it out of the gate without some publicity to fuel its exhibition run, a fact that was readily apparent to leaders of the indie movement in the 1990s. According to Alisa Perren […]