I can’t take it anymore.
I’d like to believe that I’m a serious cinephile; a budding filmmaker; and a connoisseur of celluloid, pretentious as it may sound. Yes, I am one to frequent sites such as RottenTomatoes, DVDActive, IMDb, FilmTracks and a host of other film and cinema related websites that update me on the state of the art.
But do we really need to be flooded with countless fanboys on these forums who think they know what the hell is going on? I mean seriously? Who gives a rat’s ass if Spidey 3 will beat out Pirates 3 at the box office next summer? Only the distributors. How is the box office income of a certain movie going to affect our lives in the grand scheme of things? I’m not the guy in charge at Sony or Disney so I can care less. I do care how these movies are made. That’s a different story.
And yes you can learn from the Special Features on a DVD. But remember, the DVD offers some wonderful behind-the-scenes featurettes but in all reality their PR Marketing pieces to show you that they all “had a great time filming the sequel and they would die to work with said director again.” No one is going to put on the Pirates 3 DVD that Keith Richards got drunk on his first day of filming. Now there’s an experience we filmmakers can learn from!
I can care less about criticism. I can care less about revenue (but I will keep in track of per-screen average because it’s important to see the trend of the distributors). And yes, when it’s my time to get up there and have a movie running wide release on a hot summer’s day, I will care. But at this point, what matters to me is the art, the state of the art, but not the commerce of the art. Leave that to the bean counters.
And who is SpideyFan238 anyway? Or RingNut75? If you’re supposed to be well in the know, then stop posting in forums and make a statement in the trades! Unless your Kevin Smith who likes to do both which really proves he’s still got amateurish instincts in him.
And what gets me is that these idiots flooding these sites are “aspiring moviemakers.” Then, stop worrying about the box office revenue of next summer’s blockbuster. Stop trying to figure out who will win the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.
I write this because we film students are lacking fellow peers who care about the art, from the creative aspects to the business aspects. Instead they care about the fluff that surrounds the art and they waste their time predicting who will make a better Joker in the next Batman film.
Instead, see the movies. Learn from them. Enjoy them. Critique them. See how it’s done. Ask why. Then see if you can make one.
That’s how a fan becomes a filmmaker.