‘I grew up as a big fan of movies. I love movies. Movies felt like this big, sacred, really cool thing… Movies felt like this endless library of really cool stories… and I came into it right when everything stopped being possible. The modern market is getting increasingly frightened of this…’
Rising star Max Landis, writer, director and producer of Chronicle, sits down to discuss the the Millennial experience of coming into the film industry on the far side of the digital revolution, utilizing a few well-placed f-bombs on the way.
In one sense, he argues, it offers a landscape of near-infinite freedoms: ultra-low cost filmmaking, unprecedented technological abilities, incredibly powerful distribution platforms.
And yet, there’s a sense of overwhelming panic, fear and greed: the contracting of the film industry into tentpole mega-budget films with too much money and too little plot, and indie films on ever-tightening budgets and theatrical releases.