The future of movies is small

Once upon a time, a musician needed a lot of help to be successful. The best way to find out about new music was by listening to radio, which requires expensive broadcasting equipment and access to limited transmission frequencies. The best (only) way of distributing music was on physical media, purchased in a physical store. Recording music required expensive equipment. All the barriers to a musician successfully reaching an audience needed help — expensive help — to overcome.

One by one, the barriers have come down. It’s now possible for someone like Bo Burnham to reach the world from their bedroom.

The same thing is now happening to movies. At the same time the Hollywood studios seem unable to make even a small character piece for less than $60 million, independent filmmakers are turning out credible work for little more than lunch money.

Colin (site down at the moment, here’s the Google cache) tells an apparently engaging zombie story in a full length movie, was made for a few hundred dollars, and was a hit at Cannes.

Here’s a short film, also made for a few hundred dollars, and loaded with special effects.

If Hollywood continues to spend $200 million to make an action film, they’ll soon be as irrelevant as the music industry already is.

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