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Amazon.com gets into the Hollywood producing game with Amazon Studios

11.17.2010
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Well, Amazon already sells practically everything, so why not add selling your personal film projects to Hollywood as well?

"It's much easier now to make movies but it's still as hard as ever to break into Hollywood. We think we can play an interesting role in changing that."

That's basically what the brand new Amazon Studios is all about, according to the venture's director Roy Price. The website will allow users to upload screenplays and sample films and then - this is interesting - "use community tools to evaluate and edit each others' work." Submissions - upon which Amazon Studios will have an 18-month option on - deemed the best by a panel of experts and company executives "will be brought to Warner Bros, where Amazon has signed a first-look deal, in hopes of ultimately producing feature films under the Amazon Studios production label." Monthly and yearly prizes would be awarded to the highest rated screenplays and films. Through the end of 2011, prizes will total $2.7 million.

"Amazon will then have the ability to take projects to Warner Bros. or, if it passes, other studios in hopes of getting them made. Writers or directors whose script or sample film is turned into a theatrically released film by a studio would get paid $200,000 by Amazon."

Price has said that the new company was put together in order to apply digital technology to the still antiquated process of submitting and developing film projects for studios. "The goal is to get commercial feature films made and distributed through the studio system. That's the only way this project can make any money."

This is frankly pretty amazing. Amazon is betting on new media-based collaborations to help shape and mold your pet filmmaking projects, and then use their connections to get more than just your foot through Hollywood's door. It provides an outlet for the amateur filmmaker, a chance to get paid, and Amazon no doubt gets a slice for just essentially being intermediaries. Again, kind of amazing. What do you guys think, and more importantly, would you consider using such a service?

Check out Amazon Studios as well as a clear breakdown of the monetary prizes for submissions (all of which are very enticing if somewhat farfetched) RIGHT HERE.
Extra Tidbit: Would you mind having your work be evaluated and even edited if it meant the opportunity to have it made into an actual feature? That's the kind of thing that already happens in the current system, so...

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2:19PM on 11/17/2010

I dunno...

My impression is the self-published authors seem to be looked down upon by the book industry, would Hollywood be any different?
My impression is the self-published authors seem to be looked down upon by the book industry, would Hollywood be any different?
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1:02PM on 11/17/2010
Anything that will allow more fresh voices to get produced is cool by me. I hope we finally get some original off the wall shit out there from the next generation of filmmakers.
Anything that will allow more fresh voices to get produced is cool by me. I hope we finally get some original off the wall shit out there from the next generation of filmmakers.
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9:29AM on 11/17/2010
It's a fresh idea but what happens to copyright claims? Say I write a super awesome character but the story sucks and then someone puts in a better story. What happens then? I don't know about most people but if I wrote something I was truly proud of that was unique, I'd be REALLY skeptical about relinquishing it to the public to pass around like a sorority slut. Maybe I'm just a stingy bastard...
It's a fresh idea but what happens to copyright claims? Say I write a super awesome character but the story sucks and then someone puts in a better story. What happens then? I don't know about most people but if I wrote something I was truly proud of that was unique, I'd be REALLY skeptical about relinquishing it to the public to pass around like a sorority slut. Maybe I'm just a stingy bastard...
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1:59PM on 11/17/2010
No, I think you're quite right. But, I think, that's why there are these sorts of gimmicks for up and coming filmmakers. Easy to take advantage of. I say stay away from it. Or at least save your good stuff.
No, I think you're quite right. But, I think, that's why there are these sorts of gimmicks for up and coming filmmakers. Easy to take advantage of. I say stay away from it. Or at least save your good stuff.
8:32AM on 11/17/2010
I wonder if they could pay me in gift cards...
I wonder if they could pay me in gift cards...
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7:44AM on 11/17/2010
I thought I remembered not too many years ago that Amazon.com was in danger of going out of business, and now their doing this. Pretty cool! My question is how much control do you have over your script once you submit it? Can just anyone edit it how they want?
I thought I remembered not too many years ago that Amazon.com was in danger of going out of business, and now their doing this. Pretty cool! My question is how much control do you have over your script once you submit it? Can just anyone edit it how they want?
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6:10AM on 11/17/2010
Sounds like an interesting idea. At the very least we'll get some more new and original ideas pumping through Hollywood to slow the influx of reboots and remakes. Let's see how this works out.
Sounds like an interesting idea. At the very least we'll get some more new and original ideas pumping through Hollywood to slow the influx of reboots and remakes. Let's see how this works out.
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6:09AM on 11/17/2010
No thanks.
No thanks.
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5:08AM on 11/17/2010
Sounds... interesting. I wonder how many people will agree having their scrips edited by others, however.
Sounds... interesting. I wonder how many people will agree having their scrips edited by others, however.
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