The Rise of Independent Film
Hollywood, California: One of the most prominent landscapes for the film industry since the early 1900s. It’s hard to believe that this same monstrous city was once just a small village, home to the first directors in Independent Film. Independent Film also known as “Indie Films” have been fairly prominent throughout the years. However these independently directed films, have recently taken the world by storm. Movies such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Juno have greatly expanded the popularity of Indie Films in the past decade.
But what exactly are these “independent” films that are completely changing industry? Independent films are movies made by directors and companies that are not part of the “Big Six” or six major film studios currently dominating the movie enterprise. These types of films are usually made with low budget materials and actors. However, these movies tend to have a greater focus on the individual characters and offer a more “personal” experience then an IMAX or Blockbuster film would.
So why the sudden interest in indie film? Independent films have been available for decades now. However since the turn of the century, these small town films have begun to make their mark on today’s mainstream media. With wildly popular movies such as the independent film Boyhood racking up nominations at Academy Award shows, it’s easy to see how much popularity these films are curating. As far as the “big six” are concerned, they continue to produce hundreds of millions of dollars in films to date. However wildly popular those films are, even these companies seem to have an interest in the independent style of movie making. Many of the large corporations have built smaller studios to accommodate their own independent film ideas.
From 5 minute films to 3 hour epics, its plain to see these films are a force to be reckoned with, each film coming with a voice that demands to be heard. With Independent film continuing to break the boundaries and challenge the ideals of blockbuster movies, it’s safe to say we’ll be seeing those same films in award shows and on the big screen alike. With a new age of filmmaking rapidly approaching, who knows what independent movies will do next!