Boy did the Tigers look bad last night. I think Iâ€™ll follow my grandmotherâ€™s advice and choose to remain silent on this subject since I have nothing good to say about them.
There was an interesting article in the October 16 issue of The New Yorker about how some people have come up with a computer program that can predict whether or not a movie will be a box office hit. (Yeah, that issue came out awhile ago, but if youâ€™re on my mailing list, read the email I sent out today and youâ€™ll know why Iâ€™m behind.) So what did these guys who developed this computer program conclude?
That stars didnâ€™t matter, that the director didnâ€™t matter, and that all that mattered was storyâ€”and, by the way, that you understood story the way the people on the inside, people who had spent a lifetime in the motion-picture business, didnâ€™t.
Basically, their argument is that if you have a good story that people can relate to, a lot of the other details donâ€™t matter. Though I donâ€™t fully agree with this, it goes to show how important the story is. Too often Hollywood bigwigs think that a big name star or special effects can compensate for a bad screenplay.
The truth is storytelling and the ability to write matters and is a big reason why many of the movies (and television shows such as LOST) are successful. Unfortunately, itâ€™s often the part of the whole movie making process that is often overlooked or rushed. Why spend decent time and money on a story when you can have Brad Pitt or Uma Thurman make the money instead. If only studios paid more attention to their writers, they might end up with more hits.