Unemployed filmmakers blame Internet industry crisis
The film industry is currently experiencing hard times - as many representatives of this sphere of activity say, and so is Oscar-winning director Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire, “In the Company with Wolves”), who expressed this opinion at the International Film Festival, which is currently taking place in Tokyo . Jordan believes that the Internet is to blame for the crisis in the film industry, which literally absorbs huge masses of people, fundamentally changing their habits (not just the habit of going to the cinema). Of course, the issue is debatable, since the web does not watch films only lazy (just look at the attendance of all kinds of online cinemas there). But, most likely, such an experienced filmmaker still has reason for such an opinion.
For example, Jordan does not just think that film production is in crisis - his acquaintances, directors, are without a job. Well, all, or almost all. It is worth noting that at the Tokyo Film Festival it was this particular person who headed the jury, and in his welcoming speech he immediately complained about the Internet. “I believe that the film industry is in a deep crisis, and the main reason is the Internet. The same reason has caused the crisis in other industries - music, book publishing and others. The Internet is completely changing people's habits, and for this reason everything is changing now, ”Neil Jordan commented on the situation.
It's funny, but the first film shown at this event was Social Network, which shows the formation of Facebook and its current head, Mark Zuckerberg. Representatives of Japanese cinema complained that in Japan, cinema attendance is gradually declining, since many people prefer to watch movies at home, mainly via the Internet. It’s interesting, what’s the difference for filmmakers, will a person watch a movie at home or in a movie theater if in law-abiding countries the majority either buys a movie disc or buys the movie itself via the same Internet? Every week every now and then they announce the millions of dollars collected by various films - 10-15 years ago, such amounts were not even dreamed of by many film producers. But, as we see, even the directors are already complaining that because of the Network they are losing their jobs,
True, Jordan believes that a way out of the crisis is possible - for this, according to him, it is necessary to conduct film festivals more often so that such events do not look like “film ghettos”.
In principle, such an authoritative representative of the film industry can be trusted, probably - who, if not the director, can feel the influence of all kinds of underwater currents in the entertainment industry? An ordinary viewer probably does not feel any crisis yet - dozens of films have been shown and shown on the screens, some of which can even be watched. Just kidding. Let's wait, maybe the situation will somehow clear up. In the meantime ... watch a movie on the Web, or what? :-)