(Ch. 8) Response Post (due 10.25 by noon)

Due Oct. 25 before noon  – After reading the articles in Chapter 8 on the International impact of cinema,   What is Indie Film & Backwoods meets Hollywood listen to the interview below (then answer any three of the questions below the interviews):

Mageina Tovah is a film, and TV actress and she’s written, produced, directed and starred in her first indie film Hux”.

  1. Share something that you found interesting about filmmaker Earl Owensby from the three readings? Why did you find it intriguing? You should address something different than other students.
  2. Share something that you found interesting about independent filmmaking after the readings and why? You should address something different than other students.
  3. Share something that you found interesting about the international film market after the readings and why? You should address something different than other students.
  4. Share something that you found interesting about filmmaker Mageina Tovah from the interview? Also you should share some thoughts about her short film Hux. You should address something different than other students.

 

 

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  1. 1. I found Earl Owensby interview very interesting, I do hope that he will be able to come out to one of our future classes. I found Owensby’s work history was interesting in the Hollywood meets Backwoods article. I had no clue about the mistreatment of indie films and filmmakers from studios. I’m surprised that MPAA treated indie films in such a strict way. Perhaps it is that some of the members of the larger studio executives were on the MPAA advisory committee. That might explain why some indie films were given a higher PG, 13G or even an R rating. Studios may have wanted to deter filmgoers from seeing the films that are competitors of the large film studios.

    2. I have known about indie films, but I have never understood the difference between studio films and independent films. I have noticed that a large part of films that have had critical success have been independent films. What I find so interesting about indie films is that studios might not pick up these film ideas due to the content. I think that indie films cover topics that are risky and studios don’t want to take the chance of investing in a film that might not be successful. But after looking at the Oscars and Golden Globe films, you can see that some of the best films are the risky ones.

    3. What I found interesting about the international film market is that major film studios change films slightly for different countries. The one point that I want to make is that in America there are different ethnic groups from Asia and Africa. I’m surprised that studios don’t make permit changes to a studio film and show the same film in the states and other counties in Asia since there are large groups within the states that would like the changes that are made for other countries.

    4. I found Mageina’s film background very uncomplicated. She liked science and the arts. I also appreciated her approach to Hux, in the interview she spoke about how she unintentionally created a character with autism. I believe that the cinematic techniques that she used worked incredibly well with the story. Short shots and loud sound created an impactful short film.

    I enjoyed the short film. It was a well-made interruption of how a person with autism experiences the world. I was captivated with the techniques that Mageina Tovah used. I liked how the subplot of Hux was that there was a deadly pandemic, but due to the main character’s behavior, she was unable to detect what was happening. I really liked how the short expressed this. It was evident that there was a lot of care put into the film.

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    1. ^^ Sorry Samuelle Grove wrote this…

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    2. noeltmanning says:

      Sam – There was bias (and fear) against the idies. Studios were worried that indies would find a way to beat them in the competitive market. Earl wouldn’t have that though; thats for sure.

      Taking risks were really a staple of Indie cinema (and to an extent still is); but now that major studios have their own “indie-arm”, we see more risks than we used to in the mainstream.

      Studios changing content: excellent point about this approach to different groups within the US, cool idea.

      The impact of HUX visually and audibly was amazing; I agree.

      Thanks Sam

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  2. Celia García Martín says:

    1. Share something that you found interesting about filmmaker Earl Owensby from the three readings. Why did you find it intriguing? You should address something different than other students.

    Earl Owensby’s success in the film industry is due to the fact that he was able to recognize what type of films would work in the international market. Thanks to his contributions, many films that had little success in the American market were also released internationally and ended up being a great success. From these statements, it is possible to draw two major conclusions: first, the fact that a movie does not turn into a blockbuster in the United States does not mean that it cannot be well accepted in other countries. Second, taking the international market into consideration means that a movie should address concepts understandable worldwide.
    In this regard, since the Asian market is stronger each day, many films are starting to be focused on the demands of these countries. Therefore, it is becoming more common to see Asian actors in Hollywood films (‘The Meg’) or stories that are set in Asian countries (‘Skyscraper’). The reverse situation, that is, films produced in Asia or by Asian directors and starring American actors, is also a reality nowadays (‘The Great Wall’).

    2. Share something that you found interesting about independent filmmaking after the readings and why? You should address something different than other students.

    Indie films differ greatly from commercial cinema since they usually deal with more controversial topics. The importance of this type of films is that they do not have merely the purpose of entertaining the audience, but also to make them think and reflect on certain issues. In a way, they provide directors and actors with freedom of speech to discuss certain topics that would probably be not accepted in commercial films.
    Indie cinema also opens the doors to smaller film producers that do not need to rely on bigger cinema companies or huge budgets to release their products. In fact, indie films prove many times that a story can be equally told and impact the audience without needing to invest an enormous amount of money.
    Thus, indie cinema meets two main objectives. First, it gives more freedom to directors to deal with controversial topics in their films. Second, it allows smaller but quality productions to have a chance in the cinema industry.

    3. Share something that you found interesting about the international film market after the readings and why? You should address something different than other students.

    Since our world has become smaller and communications are faster than ever, the film industry has also had to adapt to these changes. For example, while some years ago it would take up to several weeks or even months to release an American film in other countries, international film releases are becoming increasingly frequent nowadays. Likewise, while Hollywood films used to rule the cinema industry worldwide, it is now quite common to have films from non-English speaking countries among our film choices in any theater. This kind of movies has been traditionally relegated (and still are nowadays) to smaller theaters known for showing alternative films. However, many of these “alternative” movies can be frequently found in regular theaters as well.
    Studying the international film market also provides feedback on which genre of films works best in each region so directors can adapt their films to the target audience. The danger of international filmmaking is that many movies often lack personality since they try to approach a too wide audience. After all, cinema is one more industry that relies on the money made by films. Thus, it is essential to guarantee their success worldwide.

    4. Share something that you found interesting about filmmaker Mageina Tovah from the interview? Also you should share some thoughts about her short film Hux. You should address something different than other students.

    She describes how cinema can be understood as a multidisciplinary science that requires skills from many different areas of knowledge. She mentions her own background as a science student, which turned out to be really helpful to develop certain techniques used in the cinema.
    One’s own background can also be a powerful source of ideas to create films, as it happened to Mageina with her film ‘Hux’. Both her mom and her dad are used to work with kids with autism and this was the basic idea to create this film. She intended to provide some insight about the difficulties that people with autism go through and try to normalize their situation. The positive aspect about Mageina using her own knowledge to create her film is that she gets to provide a very realistic view about the problematic around autism because she can speak directly from experience.

    Celia García Martín

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Celia, Excellent points and observations about international appeal in films (Asia to US and vice versa). Many people wouldn’t have even thought about you comment for other countries to use American talent in their films to find success in the US. Excellent point.

      The freedom of speech approach to indies allowing filmmakers to share their voice or their message; great thought.

      I believe that any strong artist (writer, filmmaker, musician, etc.) can take something they know and their own background and use that for purposes of influence on their works. Mageina sure did.

      Thanks Celia

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  3. jalissa9 says:

    1. What I found interesting about earl is he came from a small town. I grew up in New York and never realized how many famous or people of wealth came from small towns. Especially going to school right next to Shelby its very intriguing. He was able to make all that money and still be true to himself. What I make me respect him as a director is he never put his foot down. He never settles and did not take the easy way out. He believed in something and stuck by it. He went and fought in court for a rating and the court tried to compromise. Earl is not a compromiser and that takes guts.

    2. Indie films are risk taking that’s what I get from all this. I didn’t know that independent films are produce by smaller companies and not necessarily look for the highest paid actor to act in their film. I feel they more or so focus on the content rather than the popularity of big productions and actors. Get out and a Quiet place were wonderful movies and I didn’t even know they were indie films. It’s also intriguing that film makers would it rebel against mainstream companies. They wanted their own title something to call there’s. Some directors or production companies like to play it safe, but indie seems to branch out on different levels.

    4. I love how Mageina’s took a risk and got the part in the Spiderman films who would think to dress up as a mail deliver guy to turn in their own admission. I know I keep bringing up risk, but I feel like what this whole response post intakes how all of these events or people could have failed, but took the chance on whatever they wanted to do. She seems to know herself very well and how this character she formed wasn’t really supposed to have autism in the first place it just kind of grew into it. The film Hux was very well written I believe that she made us feel what an autism person actually feels. Especially with the effects and lighting it almost made you feel uncomfortable for moments in time, but not necessarily in a bad way. I feel that great films are meant to

    -jalissa herrera

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Jalissa – You nailed it. Earl has guts.

      You mentioned Get Out & Quiet Place as examples … and if you think about it, they were very risky stories; Stories that found an audience.

      You really got this whole chapter and found the theme … “taking risks.” Nice job Jalissa

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  4. drewpeden says:

    1. Share something that you found interesting about filmmaker Earl Owensby from the three readings? Why did you find it intriguing? You should address something different than other students.
    • What I found interesting about Earl Owensby from the three listed readings is how many of the Hollywood and New York City movie directors and producers were ready to jump on the bandwagon of Earl Owensby and wanted to work with him in North Carolina to make films. Most of the times, it is the other way around and I didn’t know how popular Owensby really was.
    2. Share something that you found interesting about independent filmmaking after the readings and why? You should address something different than other students.
    • What I found interesting when it comes to independent film making was just how many of the popular films that we all enjoy and love are actually independent films and not big studio productions. “A Quiet Place” for example, in my opinion, is the best movie of 2018, and well undoubtedly win many awards, and will possibly beat out a bunch of studio films for some awards. Independent films are unique, and all made with more thought in my opinion, and I now see how independent films are not afraid in any way to cross any lines or do things that most big name studios refuse to do.
    3. Share something that you found interesting about the international film market after the readings and why? You should address something different than other students.
    • Something that I was completely oblivious to when it came to the international film market was how often films are released overseas, sometimes even weeks in advance, before being released in America. I always thought that all the movies we love in the theatre were released in America first, and get a lot of hype, and then they are later released overseas to turn an even higher profit. Now after reading, I realize that some films are released overseas first, sometimes to make an initial profit if it may not do as well in America as people expected, or even it may be released overseas to get some sort of feedback from an international audience before bringing it to America.

    -Drew Peden

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Yeah, there were tons of major filmmakers who wanted to work with EO. He was a name “everyone” in Hollywood knew during the 70s & 80s.

      Indie filmmaking today has come a long way since the days Earl Owensby took on the Big Boys in Hollywood. No films like Get Out or A Quiet Place are the hot topics of the day (or year), and I don’t know that that would’ve happened if Earl hadn’t set the stage early.

      Thanks Drew

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  5. 1. Share something that you found interesting about filmmaker Earl Owensby from the three readings? Why did you find it intriguing? You should address something different than other students.
    I absolutely loved some of his quotes in regard to the foreign film industry. A couple of my favorites were, “I’m from the backwoods of North Carolina, and I speak country, and the foreign audiences didn’t care that I spoke country, they wanted action and adventure, and that’s what I gave them,” as well as “You got to try to make something you can sell all over the place. I think that you have no choice but to think global, ‘cause that’s where the business is at. This is a big ole’ round world, and it revolves around the sun every 24 hours, and people need to be entertained every second of every day.” This really gives a glimpse into Owensby’s unique personality. As I am from this area of North Carolina myself, I can directly relate to people talking like this. It is really neat to see Owensby be a successful international businessman, but stay true to his Southern United States personality. I think many people in the film industry tend to overcomplicate things, but Owensby showed that if the basics are managed correctly, one can be incredibly successful.

    2. Share something that you found interesting about independent filmmaking after the readings and why? You should address something different than other students.
    Personally, I always thought of independent films as those that were only shown at film festivals and select theaters. I was surprised to learn the broad capacity of the term “indie film.” As long as 51% of a film’s financial support comes from companies besides the six major United States film giants, (20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Disney, Paramount, Columbia/Sony, Universal), then that film is technically independently produced. When recognizing this, it makes sense that over 70% of all US films every year are independent. This will really change the way I perceive films in the future. In looking at movies like A Quiet Place and The Hunger Games, it gives me a deeper appreciation for the success they experienced even though they did not have the backing of one of the six major studios. This is looking back in hindsight, but from now on, I can go ahead and apply that knowledge as I go into a film’s viewing. Perhaps this will help me better evaluate the success and effectiveness of films going forward.

    3. Share something that you found interesting about the international film market after the readings and why? You should address something different than other students.
    The idea that a film’s visuals and effects are more critical to its success overseas rather than dialogue or a well-written story is very fascinating. I feel that people in the United States are almost “film snobs,” only giving credit to the films that are the best of the best, with great writing, acting, emotion, and visuals. On the other hand, on the international market, a film can skate by and perform well based on CGI alone. A specific film that comes to mind that fits this bill was 2017’s Transformers: The Last Night. It failed miserably in the United States, only making back $130 million of its $217 million budget. However, in foreign markets, it garnered $475 million, for a worldwide total of $605 million. I saw the film myself, and thought it was a horribly-written, unnecessarily-long, CGI-filled disaster. Yet, the latter category of CGI is often all that matters to the foreign audience. Because of its massive incorporation of digital effects, it was able to profit financially worldwide. While film is a common language around the globe, this example goes to show that this language has various dialects and grammatical rules depending on its place in the world.

    – Thomas Manning

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Thomas – I love that EO can be real about his experiences and why (and where) he found success. His style and approach to treat everyone the same (and expect that in return) is really classic Earl. As long as you respected him, and treated him fairly, you could expect that in return … but don’t cross him. 🙂

      The 51% indie model approach has truly helped major studios in recent years, and it is continuing to do so.

      Your note about films finding success (like Transformers: The Last Knight) overseas even when Americans hate them … really reminds me of EO and his understanding of what the foreign market “wants.”

      Thanks Thomas

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  6. 1. The one thing I found interesting about Earl Owensby was how he managed to take over the MPAA rating system because it seemed as if he’s a major reason why we have the MPAA rating system for a reason. But the big thing that really comes to mind is when the section on the opening of North Carolina’s own studio in Wilmington, NC, where a dozen of big studio films, and even certain TV shows have been shot and produced.
    2. Independent film, on the other hand, is an entirely different thing, made for entirely different reasons. True independent films (meaning those made outside of the studio system) are usually made for motives other than profit. Independent filmmakers aren’t corporations pursuing profit. They make movies because they want to, they have a story to tell, an idea to express, a vision to convey. They might want to make people laugh, or cry, or cringe, or think. They might want to win awards and recognition, to further their careers. They may want to further goals of inclusion and diversity or bring attention to a specific issue. Whatever the reason, it’s usually something other than making as much money as possible. When an indie filmmaker is deciding something: composing a shot, casting an actor, writing a line of dialogue, they aren’t beholden to what will please the greatest number of movie-goers, they can consult their own imagination and decide what the most authentic choice would be.
    3. I think the importance of the international film market has drastically changed over the last 10 years or so because there are numerous of movies that don’t do all that well in the U.S. but will destroy the box-office overseas; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales, Warcraft, Terminator: Genisys and Transformers: The Last Knight are examples of movies that really underperformed at the domestic box-office, but the opposite for international markets, and it’s lead me to believe that it’s allowed studious to keep cranking more sequels of a particular franchise to make more money, while still continuing a franchise.
    4. Mageina’s take on movies was a huge refreshment for me because she ultimately seemed so passionate about the art of filmmaking and the fact that she grew up as a “science nerd” makes her progression as an actress really interesting. I love the during the interview when she was talking about her film Hux, and her main goal was to show the world what it’s like to have a disability (in this case, autism), and let the audience put themselves into someone else’s shoes and to see life from another point of view.

    -Zane Gray

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      EO was a trailblazer and shaker as well. He took on the industry, and those who govern it.

      Originally INDIE filmmaking was as much about the art and messages as it was the business. Indie films aren’t set up to be major $$ makers, but even indie filmmakers don’t want to lose their investment in their project (unless it really is a pet project).

      HUX: Your point about finding a way to put a “face” on a disorder was spot on. Thanks Zane

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  7. noeltmanning says:

    Luke: Share something that you found interesting about filmmaker Earl Owensby from the three readings? Why did you find it intriguing? You should address something different than other students.
    1. From the article “Hollywood meets Backwoods”, one of the more interesting things that I found about Earl Owensby is his ambition and steadfast action against the unequal treatment of indie filmmakers. The MPAA seems to be a dynasty and look down on indie films. For Earl Owensby this didn’t sit well and I am sure he wasn’t the only one. However, for him to act and take the case against the MPAA as far as court and congress is amazing. Not only did he pave the way for indie filmmakers, but his actions are a great example of the ambition you need to have sometimes in order to be successful while also helping others. The exposure that came from his case and the spotlight put on independent filmmaking was just the recognition needed to see these films and filmmakers as the talent that they are. I appreciate Owensby’s ambition and willingness to speak out and I find his overall story interesting.

    Share something that you found interesting about independent filmmaking after the readings and why? You should address something different than other students.
    2. What I found most interesting about independent filmmaking is the success that it can bring and the cost at which it is done. Indie filmmaking is a great example of what can be done on your own dollar. Though some giant film companies can throw every dollar they have at a movie doesn’t mean it will be just as successful. The movie “Paranormal Activity” Is a great example of this having ben filmed for $15,000 in a week and being very successful, goes to show that a great film can be made by independent companies with little time and money. Indie filmmaking is interesting because it offers a great platform and network for people to make films without the film giants. Sometimes it is important to see the value in personal work independent from a larger affiliation and I think indie filmmaking is a great example of that. In fact, large film companies can learn form the relative simplicity of independent filmmaking. It might just improve the quality of their own movies.

    Share something that you found interesting about filmmaker Mageina Tovah from the interview? Also, you should share some thoughts about her short film Hux. You should address something different than other students.
    3. Filmmaker Mageina Tova is an interesting person. I like the passion that she has for the art of film. From acting, directing, writing, and filmmaking, Mageina is a jack of all trades. However, what is most interesting about her approach is the appreciation that she has in all of the aspects of filmmaking and films in general. In the interview she talks about how she learned to appreciate editing and writing from her film “Hux” and how she loved the process. It is interesting to me how she approaches film and appreciates all aspects because I feel like many people focus on just a few areas of film as opposed to the whole process. Mageina seems very thorough in her work and her passion shows, and I appreciate that in all types of work especially film. The top to bottom approach that Mageina takes to film is definitely something to appreciate and I am interested in her vision of film and the entire process. In terms of her short film “Hux”, I really enjoyed watching it. One of the more impressive parts of the short film was the acting. I loved how real Mageina made the characters autism feel and it really makes the viewer want to continue watching intensively. On top of that, the powerful acting from Mageina really projects the condition of the character she wishes to show. It is a very realistic depiction of an odd scenario that is somewhat hard to grasp. The other part of the short story that I really enjoyed was the filming. The isolated and somewhat strange feel of the entire film just adds to the overall message and impact of the film as a great independent short film. Some of the scenes really just resonate with the viewer and I think most of that is contributed to the filming and acting.

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Luke – Earl is a great example of taking chances and standing up for the “little guy.” He never backed down, and was asking for equality in the industry … for everyone.

      Small indie projects (like Paranormal Activity) can find amazing success if someone (or some studio) is willing to give it a chance.

      Really nice review of thoughts on “Hux”; well done .

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  8. 1. Earl Owensby’s story in general is fascinating. The industry he really founded has become huge and careers for many other people now. I think what intrigues me most about Earl Owensby is just how casual he seems to be from your description. Like it was just happenstance that it was a humungous break for him. He was just expecting the Carolina’s and Georgia and just casually reached 130 countries that he made as a new film maker. Incredible really! 🙂

    2. I definitely one who associated low-budget and independent filmmaking. I had no idea that some really big and popular films like a quiet place or get out were deemed independent films. I think that the fact smaller filmmakers or even newbies have the chance to work with major studios is awesome. It gives me a glimpse of hope that not every movie will ever be all the same and that creatives will always have a chance to get their product out. I also didn’t know the term market. I knew what a film festival was, I’m wanting to go to SCAD’s yearly film festival one year in Savannah, GA!

    3. The international box office is something I really hadn’t thought about before this class. After reading your blog,it does make a lot of sense though. It’s very logical that foreign countries will not favor a movie that’s set in America because they don’t relate to it. Where as movies with universal ideas and themes do very well abroad and most likely domestically too. I never would’ve been able to prove that everybody across the world is into films that just WOW them, but it’s just like viral videos; everybody loves something to surprise them and take their breath away.

    4. Mageina Tovah seems to be absolutely fabulous! Her demeanor is down to earth and you can really tell in her interview just how far she’s come with hard work. I’m especially interested in seeing Hux evolve into a feature film as she said was her next step! Her goal of kind of taking the under represented not only female population but autistic population is really going to cause a lot of dialogue. I think the need for that is what’s really the push that she said was really pulling her along. I also thought it was really interesting how you guys were able to compare your role as a father and her role as a filmmaker and finding how sending a human and a movie off into the work can be very similar.

    -Kelsey Tanner

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    1. noeltmanning says:

      Kelsey, Earl would be one of those you could call an “accidental hero” for the indie filmmakers. He only sought to have films shown regionally, and het he found international acclaim.

      If you go to SCAD’s Film Fest … you’ll love it.

      Universal themes & action can appeal to audiences throughout the world.

      I really enjoyed my time getting to know Mageina. I’ve enjoyed keeping in contact with her since that time too. She’s wonderful.

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