Sunday, January 3, 2010

Tired Of People Hating On Avatar

Storytelling risks are for movies that don't require $237 million in upfront development costs. You try telling an investor you need $237 million so you can take risks with new technologies, methodologies, AND storytelling. "I need $237 million. You might get some of it back." People who give other people $237 million don't like to hear about storytelling experiments - especially not from people who are already doing huge experiments with those millions in other areas.

People who blaze new trails open up opportunities for others to do better. If you think there's a better movie to make with 3D sci-fi, believe me, there are people all over Los Angeles who would do anything to get behind you if you can really make it happen.

You may or may not care, but from here on in, you criticize Avatar, I unfollow you. To paraphrase why the lucky stiff, make a better movie or shut the fuck up. Life's too short for any third option.

(why, of course, said it in a much nicer way: "when you don't create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. your tastes only narrow & exclude people. so create.")