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Quote"What I love about VerticalVision is just how tight the frame is, allowing you to focus on just the one thing you want the audience to see," says THERE WILL BE BLOOD director Paul Thomas Anderson. "For too long filmmakers have been saddled with the constraints and extraneous details of widescreen – long live tall screen."Anderson is currently developing his first native VerticalVision feature, LONG TALL SALLY, starring Elizabeth Delbecki. The filmmaker says he's also considering a host of other projects in the format, including JUMPIN' JACKS, LONGING TO FALL, and HOW HIGH THE SKY."When CinemaScope was first developed in the '50s, critics claimed it would only be worthwhile for films about snake and trains," says Anderson. "I commend the vision of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in paving the way for the next cinematic frontier."
Quote from: Jordan HorowitzI don't feel particularly optimistic about the traditional theatrical experience, especially for independent films. As more and more streaming services are making features, I think we'll start to see festivals be the theatrical experience for a lot of these movies. The movie will premiere at Sundance or Toronto, and then premiere on streaming that week or the week after.
Quote from: Joe RussoWhen you talk about making character movies like "Cherry" [after four Marvel sequels, the Russos will next direct this mid-budget drama], even we are finding that is becoming increasingly difficult as the months pass — not as the years pass, as the months pass. It is a tough market, even for us coming off "Endgame," to make a darker, character-driven movie. It's not what the market was even two years ago.
Quote from: Barry JenkinsIn the same way that social media approximates the experience of being in a community, I think the way we now watch these things — whether on our flat screens or laptops or phones — is also an approximation of what the original foundations of this medium always were. It's bittersweet. Five years ago, you couldn't just get on your laptop and find Claire Denis films. Now you can, which is a really awesome thing and better for the world, for sure. But there's a trade-off.
Quote from: Jessica ChastainI've seen a lot of female filmmakers get opportunities at Netflix and Amazon that they haven't gotten through the studio system. So I'm very, very happy about the new shape our industry is taking.
Quote from: Scott StuberI think the trick is recognizing that there's a giant global audience and everyone's taste in L.A. and New York is not necessarily everyone's taste in France or in South Africa.
Quote from: Kumail NanjianiThis is very cynical, but I think the standard of quality for people who watch stuff at home is not the same. If you go see "Avengers" in the theater, it better be great, but if you're just watching stuff at home, it doesn't matter so much. I don't want to diss on Netflix too much, because they make amazing stuff, and they're giving shots to people who would not have been given shots 10 years ago, but I also think Netflix would rather have five things that people kind of like than one thing people really love.
Quote from: Steve GilulaTake Bo Burnham's "Eighth Grade," Lenny Abrahamson's "Room"or Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight": I do not believe those films would have ever found a significant audience if they had premiered on streaming, because they did not have either the stars or the established directors that could have gotten them attention. I believe there's still an incredibly vital role that festivals and movie theaters play in giving those films time to be discovered.
Quote from: Kumail NanjianiI was at a bar with a friend who directs big movies, and while we were in line for the bathroom, he was saying that movie theaters were going to go away. He was like, "Kids don't watch movies, they watch YouTube." Which I thought was crazy. So he goes, "Watch this." There was a girl in front of us in line, and he said, "Hey, excuse me, what's your favorite movie?" And she said, "I don't watch movies." Just randomly, he picked someone — and she was like 25, she wasn't a child or anything. We were like, "Well, do any of your friends watch movies?" And she said, "Not really."
Quote from: Jeffrey KatzenbergWhat Quibi [his upcoming streaming service for mobile] is trying to do is get to the next generation of film narrative. The first generation was movies, and they were principally two-hour stories that were designed to be watched in a single sitting in a movie theater. The next generation of film narrative was television, principally designed to be watched in one-hour chapters in front of a television set. I believe the third generation of film narrative will be a merging of those two ideas, which is to tell two-hour stories in chapters that are seven to ten minutes in length. We are actually doing long-form in bite-size.
Quote from: Ava DuVernayMy nieces and nephews don't really care about produced content in the way that we do traditionally — my niece can sit there and watch IGTV for hours, which is on her phone, on Instagram, and it's basically little clips of nothing. That's why, when I hear people being so rigid and so strict about certain forms and presentations, it just reminds me of that "Simpsons" cartoon, "Old Man Yells at Cloud."
Quote from: Barry JenkinsThe problem is that making films is as expensive as it's ever been. There's no big budget-department store, $1.99 white-T-shirt version of making films — every film is some version of a really fancy $300 T-shirt from Calvin Klein. That's just how much this kind of art takes to make! I don't know how you offset that cost, and that's why there's so much tension between theatrical and digital distribution.
Quote from: Franklin LeonardIf you're not making movies like "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Black Panther" and "Searching" and "Captain Marvel" and "Wonder Woman" and "Beale Street" and "Moonlight" in 2019, good luck. I challenge anyone to build a company around narratives and stories that are totally driven by the people they've historically been driven by, and expect to deliver better for their investors than a company who has a more representative portrayal of the world in which we live.
Quote from: Franklin LeonardWhat happens when you have a generation with the sort of education that we had long deified people like Quentin Tarantino for having because they worked in a video store, or lived close to a movie theater where indie films were playing? For a very long time, Hollywood functioned as a choke point. Now that people have access to that education, paired with the shifts in the industry that are opening up more opportunities, I think we are on the brink of a remarkable period in film and television that's going to be unlike anything we've seen before.
QuoteANTI-WORLDSA NEW UK DISTRIBUTION COMPANY CELEBRATING UNIQUE, PROVOCATIVE AND CHALLENGING CINEMA ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST FIVE RELEASESNew UK distributor ANTI-WORLDS sees a collaboration between Andy Starke, Producer and co-owner of Rook Films, Powerhouse Films' Sam Dunn and John Morrissey (founders of the INDICATOR Blu-ray label), Creative Director of Manchester's HOME cinema Jason Wood and Publicist Zoe Flower. The company has announced its first films for 2019 seeing the UK premiere releases of Richard Kovitch's PENNY SLINGER – OUT OF THE SHADOWS, Aaron Schimberg's CHAINED FOR LIFE, Isabella Ekloff's HOLIDAY and Corneliu Porumboiu's Infinite Football.ANTI-WORLDS will also produce and collaborate on original feature films. First up will be the latest film by Ben Rivers & Anocha Suwichakornpong – IN THE HOLOCENE, (currently in post production) followed by a new feature by writer / director Peter Strickland.Andy Starke says of the venture – "It's great to be able to start to release films that excite us all. We are all huge film fans and have for a long time wanted to find a way to bring together production and distribution. Having spent many years working on our own and other people's films – we wanted to create a distribution network where the filmmakers collaborated very closely with the distributors allowing both parties to take advantage of the new cinema landscape and viewing methods. Our hope is to bring a slate of wild, entertaining, exciting and provocative films to the UK."
QuoteAccording to a report from Android Police, some users on Google's mobile operating system have noticed a new feature in their Netflix app that would allow a film or TV series to be played at variable speeds, from 50% up to 150% of regular speed. Why on Earth would Netflix test a function that allows users to watch a film at a faster speed than usual? Well, apparently people nowadays just don't have time to watch content at the intended pace. Movies are just too damn slow! Amirite?! (Ugh.)
QuoteFor Netflix film chief Scott Stuber, who joined the firm more than two years ago, the Scorsese picture is part of a mission to prove that the streamer — widely seen as an outsider and, by some, an enemy of traditional Hollywood — can make movies that stand up among studio giants.
Quote"The Irishman" is part of a larger push into quality filmmaking that Netflix hopes will draw subscribers to its service as it faces an onslaught of competition from studios that have been creating cinema since the early days of the art form.
QuoteBurbank-based Walt Disney Co. is poised to launch its Disney+ service Nov. 12 with a huge catalog of Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar movies, along with its vault of animated classics. AT&T Inc.'s WarnerMedia on Tuesday unveiled its ambitious plans for HBO Max, which will be the streaming home of DC superhero films, the Lord of the Rings franchise and classic movies from the Warner Bros. and MGM libraries.As competitors encroach on its turf, Netflix is set to lose much of the older film and TV content studios supplied to the service. As popular licensed material like "Friends" and "The Office" leaves Netflix, the company will have to rely more on its in-house content, including film. To that end, the company is releasing 18 movies this quarter — a company record in terms of size and scope for its film releases — including the Eddie Murphy vehicle "Dolemite Is My Name" and the upcoming Michael Bay action movie "6 Underground."
QuoteSome analysts worry that Netflix's spending levels are unsustainable. The company is expected to spend $15 billion on content this year, fueled by growing long-term debt. But longtime Netflix bull Rich Greenfield, a partner at New York-based research firm LightShed Partners, said the company's movie strategy adds more value to the platform and should help Netflix retain customers, even as the market gets more crowded with lower-priced services."It's going to allow Netflix to not only increase engagement with the Netflix service, but it's also going to allow them a lot of pricing power over the long term," Greenfield said of Netflix's movie slate.And despite the influx of competitors, the company remains confident in its strategy of attracting top-tier filmmakers by promising high levels of creative freedom and by being willing to take risks. Netflix recently cited three films as "early Oscar front-runners": Noah Baumbach's "Marriage Story," featuring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver; "The Two Popes," starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce; and "The Irishman."A bold claim, to be sure, but one that serves Netflix's aim to prove itself as a bona fide studio.
QuoteThe world's biggest streaming service is projected to spend $17.3 billion this year on content, according to a new estimate from BMO Capital Markets — or about $2 billion more than it spent in 2019.
QuoteTo keep the hit shows coming, Netflix is for the moment swimming in debt. By last count, Netflix's total liabilities, including long-term debt, totaled $24.1 billion, according to its third quarter financial report. Netflix will share its Q4 results next Tuesday.