Indie Directors and Big Budgets: a New Phase of Filmmakers


It seems despite the tiring rinse and repeat (reboot/remake/sequel/spin-off) phase in Hollywood. These blockbusters are still making it large and every studio is waiting with bated breath to see if it will be their film that cracks the Billion dollar club or pops the bubble that is currently bringing in a lot of moolah for the industry.

Take for example the recently released 'Jurassic World', no one and I mean literally no one expected it to do the kind of business it did.

Especially taking into consideration its sequels and the man at helm; Colin Trevorrow. Merely one film old and that too an independent feature. How would the sophomore handle the expectations of a huge studio, with the backing of one of the finest directors and his most mishandled franchise.

Colin TREVORROW (1976-09-13 - ) USA

Well from a box office perspective, Trevorrow passes with flying colors. From a cinematic standpoint, I urge you to remove the nostalgia goggles and check again. Sure 'Jurassic World' is a much better summer blockbuster than most and Trevorrow succeeds through and through in proving his mettle in the rigid studio structure, but is it really that good?!

Trevorrow is just the icing on the cake of the Studio systems, what I like to call; Bring in the Talent Movement. It's one they have been doing for the past few years and continues in the face off more big blockbusters on the way.

Josh Trank ('Chronicle', 'Fantastic Four'), Rian Johnson ('Looper', 'Star Wars 8'), and Ducan Jones ('Moon', 'Warcraft') all are making their headway from some of the finest Indie's of the past decade or so to the big world of blockbusters.

Already in that list are the likes of James Gunn, James Wan and Gareth Edwards.

After all toiling away and taking big strides to the top is the essential career goal, but there's no denying that a studio system tends to curb one's artistic integrity.

Just ask the likes of the aforementioned Joss Whedon, Jon Faverau, Sam Raimi, also ran's like Alan Taylor and close calls like Edgar Wright.

I'm not saying every studio is like that or every partnership with a young budding talent ends up like that; but the studio's are notorious for putting a stamp on their style of work.

Refreshingly speaking director's best works have never come from being under studio heads. The creative freedom they get, the reason many of these studios approach them in the first place is not so much as curbed but rather molded into something acceptable, fun; hell yes but eventually shallow and generic.

All in all what I intend to tell you with this propaganda rant is simple;

Yes. 'Jurassic World' is some popcorn fun and one hell of a sweet nostalgia trip but once the inner child has been satisfied, do Trevorrow (and the hundreds of directors who struggle to make a terrific break and dazzle the box office with something small while doing so) a favor and go watch;

'Safety Not Guaranteed'

It's a fantastic film, that much is guaranteed and it's available on DVD at online outlets.