So a recent post got me thinking about the Next Big Thing in feature films when we eventually move beyond the current glut of comic book movies. (HT to @jrorci)

My immediate thought on the issue was that the current movie going experience is just so big and expensive that the average person feels like need to see a BIG movie to justify the experience.

I said we need a resurgence of smaller theatres and a distribution model to support them.

This got me thinking…

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What would such a model/ecosystem look like?

And strange as it may seem, I think what Hollywood needs right now is what professional sports call a farm system.

Imagine if instead of making some middling pseudo-spin-off for $75M that money was used to fund 25 films from unknown filmmakers across the country?

There are hundreds if not thousands of filmmakers out there making movies for functionally no money. A budget of 500k - 3M (+support, guidance, and oversight) would be game changing…

And it’s almost a pure win for the studio(s) that undertake such a project. One Blair Witch, Big Fat Greek Wedding, or Paranormal Activity out of the lot would make the nut.

You discover the next Taika Waititi, Jane Campion, James Gunn, or some long lost Duplass brother, and that’s more money in the bank.

By making the films largely outside of the Hollywood bubble, you’re casting a massive net for talent on all sides of the camera.

And if, by some chance…

…the vetting process is somehow so bad that NOTHING manages to break big, the optics of this audacious gambit are infinitely better than making some Razzie nominated dreck that no one asked for.

Even screening and promotion can be local/regional at first. Hometown premieres with cast and crew, test audiences across the country, with the most well received movies making their way to broader and broader distribution.

I don’t know. It’s late and I’m tired, but I think this would fascinating.

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