FirstStep is a huge fan of movies and Hollywood itself is an industry that has not only intrigued us but also made us wonder why it’s so successful?
The “Movie Making Machine”, aka Hollywood, isn’t your typical industry…it’s an industry of substance! Hollywood is interesting in that it allows those people who go the extra mile to get the results they deserve. However, a talented newcomer is able to enter the lion’s den and finish on top of the pile if all goes well.
Every era has its legends. Today the likes of Clooney and Pitt are hot property but they only really began to dominate the scene in their thirties. What’s encouraging to note is that new younger talents are emerging and installing hope into all prospective actors waiting eagerly in the wings to get their chance.
The reason why these people can sustain themselves over a long period of time is because the industry has created itself on the mould of any general industry. So with a combination of regulation, money and popularity, you have an industry that actually works – not just locally but globally.
It’s an industry where a screenwriter can become extremely wealthy and actors are treated like royalty. The great actors become super heroes (a term that is used quiet frequently here on FirstStep!) and the popular movies become entrenched in contemporary culture. Hollywood is not an industry where people are judged by the certificates on the wall behind them or by what school they went to. Instead, raw talent is rewarded and the really gifted actors never battle to find work. The industry even has a Labour Union, the Screen Actors Guild, protecting the rights and future of actors in the industry.
Hollywood is the industry where greats like Robert Duval, Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson bit the bullet and took the risk that made them the Super Hero’s that they are today. It’s an industry where Australians like Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts and Russell Crowe could stake a name for themselves. It’s an industry that has allowed actors to become pop stars and pop stars actors.
The likes of Bollywood and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have a huge mountain to climb trying to measure up to the magnitude of Hollywood. While they climb this mountain we wait with great anticipation to see what pops out of the Movie Making Machine.