BY OLU-YOMI OSOSANYA
I’m not a Hollywood Director, I’m an, inspite of Hollywood director– Martin Scorsese.
The American Film Industry: Hollywood (Studio Films) + Indie Films + Made for TV + Direct to DVD + VoD + B movie + Web Films
Most people are only aware of Hollywood which makes maybe 300-600 films a year. Fluctuates depending on the market.
There are many American filmmakers who have worked for decades outside of Hollywood. Many who have no desire to do so.
Many independent films makers are hustling out there making films with budgets anything from $9,000 to $30,000 to $500,000. No studio support, no massive marketing budget and no “leg” to get their film on screens across the country.
Hallmark, The Lifetime Channel and several others commission TV movies every year ,exclusively for their channels. Made by cast and crew who may or may not do work in Hollywood.
There are direct to DVD films which are made for specific markets and with no intention for a cinema run. An Eastern European business man may finance an American director to make a film he can distribute.
When people think of American Film they assume it is all Hollywood and only Hollywood.
But there are several hundred thousand directors, producers, writers and actors who are not part of the studio /Hollywood system. Many of them make phenomenal films but the world does not get to see them due to limited distribution or regional limitations.
Don’t assume, all of filmmaking in America begins and ends with Hollywood. And if you had previously assumed so, maybe it’s time to reassess some of your other assumptions.
QUESTION – Just like , not every film out of the USA is Hollywood, and not every film out of India is Bollywood. Does that apply to Nigeria? Is every film out of Nigeria, a Nollywood film? Is every Nigerian filmMaker shooting films in Nigeria automatically a Nollywood filmMaker. Or as Chika Anadu, Biyi Bandele and a few others, have described themselves simply “A Nigerian FilmMaker”?
Love to know your thoughts, so please leave a comment.
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