James2 - 9:24 am on Jan 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
'Partly because the current model inflates costs, especially paying excessive amounts for stars. If you paid stars $1m a film.... '
There's a reason they get paid so much. And again it's about getting a return on investment or even getting the thing into production.
If I were to say to you that there was a new Tom Cruise film out, you'd have a pretty good idea of what will happen in that film. So this works on two fronts, you are telling people about that film and you are already attracting that audience. People do go and see: the new angelina joley film, the new bruce willis film etc without finding out too much about it first as they know what kind of thing to expect.
In addition good actors keep the production costs down as they are actually very good at their jobs. They can hit their marks, deliver the same lines over and over and over and over and over and over again. To set up a single shot takes a lot of manpower so you can't have all that money, people, time, resources hinging on someone who isn't a professional.Especially back when it was actually done on film.
Obviously they can't do everything at once so they will often go where the money is/ to the highest bidder. If the star has any kind of integrity, they will do a film where they can play a good character/ is of interest to them/ will progress their career, and then sandwich that with a generic blockbuster to keep them in the lifestyle they're accustomed as the pay between the two often varies significantly.
The three major things you need to get a script into production as a producer approaching or working for a studio are: director, script, star.
Stars are bankable assets. If something works, you do it again. Or in film, if it makes money, you do it again. Hence sequals. It is a business.
'I believe it is a huge imposition when I pay money for a DVD and even five years later I am forced to watch adverts for movies that will come out on DVD in March. (that is March five years ago) '
Seriously, go put the kettle on while it's going through the clips.