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Gary Huff
Re: FCPX cutting a hundred million dollar feature right this minute.
on Jan 22, 2014 at 4:53:50 pm

[Oliver Peters] "The usual examples that are held up are Rodriguez's first film and "The Blair Witch Project". Neither one of those efforts would have ever seen the light of day if the studios hadn't paid for a significant amount of additional post after the project was picked up."

And let's tackle these two examples, because, like you, I am annoyed when people spout these off like it means something.

First, El Mariachi. Rodriguez recognized a niche market that wasn't being served, and he was rewarded handsomely for it. Now? That niche market (like pretty much every other conventional narrative film market) is oversaturated, so you're going to get pennies. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time. The difference between investing in Apple right before the first iPod and investing in Apple when its stock was over $700.

Second, The Blair Witch Project. A movie that wasn't very good, and relied solely on the "gimmick" of believing that it was real. Easily found in the DVD bargain bin not so long after it was released. Who made the Blair Witch Project? No one can tell you off the top of their head. And how much did they make from this movie? Depends on the deal, but these being first time filmmakers, I wouldn't be surprised if it's lower than you might think.

You might as well put that money in the lottery.


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