In a talk with the Los Angeles Times, director J.J. Abrams expressed an opinion that might seem contrary to his own multi-million dollar experiences – that the movie industry blows way too much money on their films.
He talked a bit about the ludicrous nature of movie budgeting these days and expressed his opinion regarding studios needing to think a little harder about all the money they sink into their projects.
Or, in his own words:
It is preposterous and embarrassing that movies cost what they do.
He went on to elaborate:
Certainly on ‘Star Trek’ and the sequel and on ‘Mission: Impossible’ three and four, we had massive budget issues always. Yet we always get it figured out before production starts and realize that the money you don’t get forces you to rethink something and challenges you to figure it out in a new way.
And to offer a suggestion to other filmmakers:
I am as interested in and obsessed with what can be done in the feature world for a price as anyone at any studio. I feel like it is incumbent upon filmmakers today to treat it like their own money.
Of course, Abrams’ movies aren’t always known as being the lowest-budget projects in recent history. Still, he has had to work with smaller budgets before and so knows a little more than some who simply have piles of cash thrown at them in an effort for studios to make big returns.
Kudos to Abrams for speaking out against the obvious lunacy of an overfed industry that often forgets how to make good films without spending boatloads of monies to secure big names and special effects. Maybe someone will even listen (insert cynical remark here).
Thanks to blastr for this one.