B movie: (n) a low-budget movie
I have written twenty feature-length screenplays.
Thirteen of them have been made into independent films.
Let me explain something: no one sets out to make a bad movie. No one wants their movie to slip to “Letter B” in the alphabet.
There are four things that determine the fate of a movie.
1. Since it is definitely over-written, as all scripts are, picking and choosing what to cut out is similar to deciding whether you’ll cut off your hand or your foot. Yet if one is infected, the amputation is certainly necessary.
2. Bad actors can turn good sentences into question marks.
3. Editing a movie is similar to using a hatchet to trim your fingernails. In other words, if you try to speed up, there will be some blood loss.
4. The public is picky. If you shoot for a particular emotion or feeling, that reaction may not be presently available in the audiences provided.
So many movies that planned on being A rated ended up sliding from their lofty goals, further confirming–perhaps without our knowledge or permission–whatever will B will B.
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