Went to a colleague of mine, the writer of Dark Oz's directorial debut (into the world of digital video) feature film, "Pitchers". The premise is simple, 5 starving writers gather together to practice pitching on themselves before they tackle those Hollywood Executives. The results, hilarious and horrible pitches that prove why it takes more than just a creative mind to get your foot in the door for Hollywood.
While my experience with Hollywood is only limited to after shooting The Gene Generation (which is about one year), I find a lot of stuff to be true in this case. While people tend to slam Hollywood Executives for being narrow-minded, silly, stupid, 'don't know talent when they see it', it's also refreshing to see another take on it. A take of deluded people who are the very same product they blame Hollywood for.
Let's face it. We all have ideas, most of them are bad. On average, I get one good idea for every 100 crap ideas. I just keep quiet about it until I figure out what I want to do. For me, what quarantines an idea that is good, is if there is a message or morale to the story that I HAVE to say, regardless of what happens. Is this idea of mine worth ending a career. Am I willing to give up a whole career if I made a bad film but believe in it? If the answer is yes, then off I go developing that idea.
Any filmmakers out there who want to share their take on 'What would quarantine them to make a film?'