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Why does it have to be so hard for new talent to get into the film industry?

I find it strange that the entertainment industry complain so often about not having original ideas, but then don't actively listen to new creators.

I have a few feature films scripts, about twelve in progress. I also have an original sci-fi drama television series written. Other than that I am also a published writer. Why do agents/managers and producers ignoring all of those people like myself who actually have original ideas.

The next big ideas person in the industry could be sitting somewhere in the world and their talent is being wasted.

I would love to get your thoughts.

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  • Mar 8 2012: I think there are a couple of issues involved here Joshua.

    Firstly the film industry is a highly lucrative industry for those who find success. And like any lucrative industry, such as professional athletes, the supply of new entrants always exceeds demand. Therefore with the thousands of people pitching new ideas, the producers/studios can be as choosy as they like.

    The other issue involved is that in most cases making movies or TV shows is extremely expensive and yet despite all the modern technology in the world today, there is not a tool or program (that I am aware of) that can accurately predict the return on this investment (ROI). Consequently as the ROI is difficult to predict each decision about which movie to produce carries a lot of risk. Now, executives across any industry traditionally have low-risk appetites, for fear of being fired if the risk doesn’t work. For movie executives this is particularly so, especially given something like 95% of movies produced don’t make a profit, so studios need to rely on the 5% of big blockbuster movies that do.

    Therefore producers or studio execs are probably less likely to accept a new original idea and instead go for a proven formula such as a film adaptation of the latest top selling book for teenagers e.g. Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games. It’s a shame because there are so many talented writers with great ideas out there, but everyone is afraid to try something new.

    If you are trying to get your films off the ground perhaps try using a crowd funding service like Kickstarter. After all some of the best films are the small independent ones that have a shoestring budget.

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