COMM 546 Lecture 11 The Independent Rebel

COMM 546 Lecture 11 The Independent Rebel - Dana Coen COMM...

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Unformatted text preview: Dana Coen COMM 546 (History of American Screenwriting) Spring, 2010 Lecture #11 THE INDEPENDENTS REBEL Recap : When the DGA highjacks the possessory credit.... ...the contribution of screenwriters become further undermined in the minds of the public. Francis Ford Coppolla, meanwhile, resists the studios impulse to control auters by opening a short-lived studio of his own. Oliver Stone succeeds by adopting a violent, controversial vision that also serves the studios interests. James L. Brooks gets studio support by combining humor and intelligent dialogue in a way that attracts adult audiences. Meanwhile, Ronald Reagans emphasis on top-down-economics.... ...encourages Hollywood studios to take a bottom line approach to movie-making. Movies now have to appeal to everyone. They become big-budget, easy-to-copy events that need to open huge and appeal to foreign markets. Disney turns these theories into a profit-making monster. Meanwhile, Larry Kasdan and John Sayles serve as opposing examples of the screenwriters dilemma in the 80s. 2 Both make forays into writing and directing with similar screenplays. Kasdan, who has hitched his star to Hollywood, eventually fades into the background. Sayles continues to plug along, but is marginalized. As screenwriters face an increasingly limited set of options.... ...Slasher Films arrive as new way to make a living. Essentially an expression of American male sexual repression... ...they punish pleasure-seeking women and the men who sleep them. By the end of the 80s, after being battered by a seven month strike.... ....writers seek a better set of alternatives.... ...and look to independent financing. 1989s Sex, Lives and Videotape opens the door for the independent film market and enables the rise of.... ...Stephen Soderbergh.... ...Miramax Productions.... 3 ...and the Sundance Film Festival. Present : Show photo of the Sundance Film Festival. The Festival, named after Robert Redfords character in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.... ...is the second-generation version of the Utah/U.S. Film festival.... And has developed from the mid 80s to become a primary venue for small, regional films.... ...those ignored by Hollywood. The emphasis is on intimacy, meaning and personal explorations of the American cultural landscape . Some call it granola cinema. But as the 90s begin, the independent film movement and Sundance.... ...begin to draw strength from each other. The energy created from this collaboration will fuel a decade-long growth of independent filmmaking.... ...and the proliferation of the independent writer/director auteur. 4 The dawn of the independent filmmaking era then marks the thirteenth significant event in the journey of screenwriters ....
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