Great whistleblowing article over on TorrentFreak about the state of things in the relationship between VOD services and the Studios.
What becomes abundantly clear is that major studios are in a monopoly position, capable of making outrageous demands. This is a system based on complete disregard for the consumer or concern about the quality of the product. That in and of itself is not unique – many industries are like that – but we like to fool ourselves into thinking that filmmaking has something (even if just a little) to with creating good to great art.
Be clear – if this is the studio method of operation then why would you, as an independent filmmaker, choose to be part of it? Because you want to work with A-list stars, win an Oscar, have a high budget?
At this point I have given up on that dream and decided instead to focus on a ground-swelling of production that targets the customer (crazy idea!) and not the sales pipeline.
Anyway, I digress.
Please read this informative if blood-pressure-raising article.