So the movie studios have turned up the PR and are trying to persuade Joe Filetrader that downloading movies is wrong and really hurts the ‘little guy.’
The first trailer features David Goldstein, a set painter who says that piracy hurts him more than film industry executives. Each ad ends with the tag line, “Movies. They’re worth it.”
– MPAA Tries Goodfellas Approach in Wired Online
Somehow I’m not able to muster up much sympathy.
If poor David isn’t making enough, maybe he should cast a suspicious eye to the Goliaths of the movie industry, who are making $10, $20, even $30 million per oft-stinkerish films. Does anyone really merit that kind of money? Does anyone really NEED that kind of money?
Or maybe the movie industry should examine why it’s costing a family of four well over $30 to see a typical flick at the cinema.
Lastly, here’s a really radical idea: If it’s getting prohibitively expensive to make bigger and yet bigger explosions or look-at-the-hyper-realistic-hair on animated creatures, maybe it’s time to consider a return to that long-overlooked ideal: a good storyline.
I’m betting the studios could buy a very high quality script for considerably less than $30 million. Might even find some decent actors to offer their services for a piddling six figure sum. Imagine that!