If you’re anything like me, you’re obsessed with movies. If I’m not making them, I am writing a sketch/screenplay, discussing movies, researching movies, or watching movies. If you’re like me, you’ve probably come across someone in your life that has used the ugly phrase ‘It’s just a movie.’ I mainly hear this from people who have never stepped foot onto a film set. However, I have heard people who work on films say this exact same thing. Either way, the people uttering that phrase do not understand what makes people like me tick. If these people are lucky enough to have a passion, I feel they would never say something so ignorant. They aren’t just movies to me, they are a way of life and a piece of who I am.
I’ve also come to realize how the film industry is treated unlike any other creative industry. You ever notice how you always hear people who have never made a movie critique it and comment on how they would have made the film differently or better (better in their mind)? These same comments never surround music, paintings, building, sculpting, singing, photography, etc. Movies are arguably the most complex art form since they combine virtually all art forms. Films are rarely the work of a single person, but rather, a collaborative team that often times requires the work of hundreds, if not thousands of dedicated people. Why is the most complicated industry in entertainment thought of as the easiest?