The Economic Rules of Filmmaking
What is success?
A movie that earns a profit.
Important facts on the economy of movie making:
- Each movie, while mass produced, is a unique commodity.
- The movie making process defies order and demands constant risk-taking.
According to Sidney Lumet, one in four movies are successful.
According to Jack Valenti, that number is one in five.
One in five movies are successful.
Those are the rules.
These are the odds.