April 3, 2014

What is the Future for Indie Action?

When talking with Scott Adkins a few weeks ago, we chatted about the current state of low budget action movies and how the future is looking rather bleak for them.

I admit that there are a lot of Indie actioners that simply aren’t very good but there are plenty out there that are a heck of a lot more entertaining than some big budget blockbusters.

Piracy and the internet have been the largest factors but it’s not like we can uninvent the technology. The internet is here to stay but rather than being seen as the enemy of low budget movies, can it be used to help?

Crowdfunding campaigns have really grown over the past couple of years with Kickstarter and Indiegogo leading the way for financing a lot of independent features. I often wonder if this is the future for the genre, however a lot of fans think “why should we have to finance your movie?” which is a fair point.

The problem is there is a distinct lack of other options; when so many people will simply watch a movie online or download it for free then how can these smaller movies make a profit?

Distribution companies are sometimes their own worst enemy however, with such huge gaps between release dates for certain movies. Take The Raid 2, for example; it was released in some American cities in March, we won’t get it until next week and in France it won’t get released until July… that’s right, July!

So the question is, why the Hell should they have to wait that long? It’s not like it will be getting a huge red carpet premiere the world over and all the movie stars have to be available at once.

I’m sure there is a detailed reason for why the spacing is so far out but there has to be a way around it so there can be a universal release date. Of course people will pirate it when they can watch a movie 6 months before they can see it on DVD, Netflix, etc.

Piracy will never go away and there will always be people who will download movies without wanting to pay for them, but when companies don’t make it easy to buy a movie (or music) then they really are shooting themselves in the foot.

I went to iTunes to get a movie score the other day and it said “Not available on Canadian iTunes”. I also can’t download it from Amazon, so if I can’t buy it legally, should I just download a Torrent?

Blocking things by region really isn’t helping matters and makes it all unnecessarily complicated. I am willing to pay you my money but you won’t take it due to where I live? Hmm, seems a bit silly to me.

A new kind of Cannon films would be a cool idea; a company that specializes in low budget features (hopefully filled with cheese) but they also have contacts for International distribution, etc so they can maximize profit.

Obviously it’s more complicated than that and I know bugger all about how that side of the industry works but the sad thing is, if someone doesn’t come up with a new way to create low budget movies that can make a profit, then movies like Undisputed and Ninja will be gone forever.

What do you think a potential solution could be?

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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