To “B” or not to “B.”Posted: August 4, 2011
Last week, someone posted a question on the Cinematography.com message board: “How can ‘B’ movies exist?” The poster went on to explain that “B” movies make him “sad,” as they are such an affront to the tradition of great cinema.
This is a pretty naive question, but I thought I’d post a polite response instead of following standard internet protocol (starting a flame war with the guy who asked the naive question). I replied…
I have financed two “B” movies with my personal credit cards. Okay, the budgets were very low (I’m not rich), so maybe they’re “C” movies.
Neither film was hugely successful, but neither were total failures. The first, Hide and Creep, played on the Sci Fi (now SyFy) channel a few times. It’s now streaming (legally) on YouTube. The second, Interplanetary, will be available soon via Netflix “Watch Instantly.”
Why did I make these movies? Because I love films and I love making films. Both movies were shot on nights and weekends. Most of the cast and crew were people, like me, with more enthusiasm than filmmaking experience.
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