Archive for January 30th, 2008

The Big Secret

30th January 2008 by Maura McHugh

Robert J. Elisberg, writing in the Huffington Post discusses the great secret of filmmaking as discussed by legendary Hollywood executive, Irving Thalberg.

Irving Thalberg knew both the craft and business of movie-making together as well as anyone ever in Hollywood. Here’s what Irving Thalberg said about writers:

“The most important part in filmmaking is played by the writers. We must do everything in our power to keep them from finding out.”

The writers have found out.

And the AMPTP corporations have only themselves to blame. They opened the hidden door, turned on the overhead light, and let writers inside to read the magic book.

Here’s what the Book of Secrets says. There’s only one chapter.

“In order to make anything, we need a script.

“Audiences pay or tune in to see actors, but actors need something to say. Directors bring everything together, but directors can’t direct a blank page.

According to Elisberg, once writers have realised their originating power then they should go out and create their own projects and bypass the studio system, thanks in part to the Internet. Which some writers are already doing because the current strike has prompted them into this action. Elisberg believes the AMPTP have made a huge mistake in forcing the writers into examining their traditional relationships with the studios:

It’s a blunder of epic proportions, because the door the AMPTP opened also leads to copyright ownership for writers. And this has been their Holy Grail for decades. And the AMPTP corporations brought this all on themselves.