why do some movies go straight to dvd
Generally it s not quite as malicious as that. There certainly are the Uwe Bolls and Asylums of the world, but most times people making movies want to make good movies, even if they ve got almost no budget to go about it. If you want to make a film, first off you need to find capital investors to fund you. This is
difficult. Often you ll find investors won t touch you until you ve already got a percentage of the budget (match funding) and especially if you ve got no work to prove that you can deliver on a product. If you re really desporate, sometimes producers end up selling out the creative control of their film to captital investors who want to buy their way into the industry even though they ve got no talent (ever wonder what executive producer meant? ) That s what the tax relief is for - to encourage investment into the art to allow what would otherwise be a high-risk investment to be made.
To massively oversimplify how it works, basically if an investor puts their yearly profits from whatever business they run into a film in a country that offers creative arts tax relief, then they get a discount on the tax they pay on that amount and any profit they make coming back. The thing is, that money is tied up in the film for however many months and they can t access it - often leading to. pressure from investors to speed up production at the expense of the film s quality. This does depend on the film making at least enough money that the investor makes back what they invested when they take into account what tax they haven t had to pay. It s not a huge amount, so generally you ll aim to at least break even so everyone gets paid their wage. So that, oddly, brings us on to genre.
Ever wonder why there are so many horror, sci-fi, and romantic comedies around? Because if you make a film in those genres, you are pretty much guaranteed to be able to sell it to a distributor and break even no matter how awful it turned out. The distributor then sells the DVDs to the stores, does the marketing, and your baby is pretty much grown up and moved out. Once you sell the film off, that s it - you ve seen all the money you re ever going to make on the project. You pay back the investors, and they enjoy the tax break. f you re really lucky, you ve proven to the industry that you can at the very least deliver a product and you ll get the opportunity to move on to bigger, better things. There s nothing really shady and illegal most of the time. The tax breaks are there to genuinly foster creativity. Films usually fail to be good for a magnitude of other reasons than malicious intent by the producers.
Unfortunately it s difficult to get a headway in the industry without selling out your soul a little at the start of your career. Yeah you're right. Usually it looks like the movie will bomb because it sucks. Sometimes a test audience will see it and give it a really crappy rating,. Yeah you re right. Usually it looks like the movie will bomb because it sucks. Sometimes a test audience will see it and give it a really crappy rating, and that will seal its fate. Sometimes it could be a great movie, but just not something that will do well at the box office. Like some movies you see at film festivals. Sadly a lot of crappy movies still get released and good movies don t. But something that goes straight to DVD and still gets a lot of advertising is usually going to suck!
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