Should the Audience Matter?

4 May

As I rewrite my script, I keep wondering whether or not  filmmakers should intentionally create their films to satisfy the tastes of a target audience?  And, if so, what effect does this have on the creative process and the final film itself?

In search of an answer, I wrote an article for the Garage Production Notes exploring this issue.  You can read it HERE and please share your thoughts.  I really want to know what you think…



3 Responses to “Should the Audience Matter?”

  1. theproducerexperiment May 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    I feel it’s more important for films to be made for an audience. If films did not make huge amounts of money, then filmmaking is an art would continue to be limited, because it wouldn’t have the money to make technological advances. The boundaries that it could break would be less extreme, maybe soon all boundaries would have been broken…would we have films with sound and colour, if the industry hadn’t been as commercial as it has been in the past? Would we have developed 3D in mainstream film if there weren’t huge audiences paying for its testing? Probably not…

    • Christopher May 19, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

      That’s a great point! I really haven’t heard that before. And, on the flip side, one can argue that films that do not cater to an audience contribute to more narrative, conceptual advances. So it really is a win-win relationship.

      Thanks for the great comment!

  2. Carrie May 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    I added a comment to the page :)

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