Howard Rodman: “Independent film is in a very paradoxical place right now.”
From an extended exchange between screenwriter, WGA board director, professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Sundance lab advisor Howard A. Rodman at the film blog “No Meaner Place.”
Neely: So Independent film is not dead.
Howard: Umm, no. Independent film is in a very paradoxical place right now. I can make a movie with my telephone, and in fact, I could download an app that would enable me to edit it on my telephone.
Given the internet, the barriers to the physical image capture and production of a film have never been lower in the hundred-odd years of cinema, nor have the technological barriers to distribution ever been lower.
You don’t need this big heavy film can that you basically have to physically carry. You can stream, you can download. Those two barriers used to be almost onerously high, and now you can now leapfrog over them with a telephone and a laptop.