How do two movies which share the similar themes compare when it comes to execution? Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller explores how two movies can share ideas and be different.
Changing things up, today’s column will look more at the business aspects of taking a film from pitch to film festivals and beyond and how similarity on the surface doesn’t always play out the same. As test subjects, we’ll look at two films who could have been elevator pitched with the same theme and are currently playing the festival circuit side by side but are radically different in execution and marketability. This isn’t a comparison between the films. Both of these films are strong examples of how to do things right with the choices they’ve made and the paths the stories dictated. What this article will attempt is to give examples of how you need more than a cursory understanding of what your film is, even from the very beginning, to properly handle the choices and understand the opportunities that are truly viable for your individual finished piece.
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