The Desolation of Film

WritingTrevor ConradComment

This past weekend I went to go see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and almost got up and left. I can assure you it wasn't because it didn't look beautiful or wasn't fun to watch, it was just way too long.

It got me thinking about a recent Kevin Spacey Speech about the rise of TV. Back in the 80's, 90's and even early 2000's TV was for second rate actors, scripts and budgets. To make it big was to be on the big screen where all the money was. Kevin brought to light the recent transition in powerful storytelling and character development that TV allowed. The mention of Breaking Bad, Girls, the Sopranos, and Game of Thrones to name a few. TV provides a much lengthier opportunity for unique story lines and character development that a single viewing in a theater just isn't equipped for.

If The Hobbit series would have been broken up into a TV series it would be AMAZING!! You'd have so much more time to explore the Beorn the bear or about the Lake town, dive into their backstories. Create nail biting cliff hangers that people would drool over, instead of holding their bladder and wishing the movie was almost over.

I know budgets still aren't the same between tv and film, but you'd have to be blind to see that the cost of creating good/believable fx and cg is so much more affordable than what it was 10 years ago. There are more and more independent artists that are creating awesome 'big screen' quality trailers for their indie films.