I was listening to this podcast in which this d00d was talking about the Australian film industry in the 1970's or the lack thereof ^ ^ So all these crazy hardcore filmmakers just went out and made crazy fucking films full of sex, violence, and car crashes... as that kind of subject matter was still "taboo" back then... Now if your an internet filmmaker like me who bows to, and answers to no one when it comes to subject matter why would you not go beyond the boundaries where most filmmakers stop?
I mean seriously you can do anything you want and no one can stop you.. you can put in online where people will be able to watch it...so what is with the boundaries?
Today sex, violence and car crashes are pretty normal in film ACTUALLY if you've seen Cronenberg's "Crash" he mixed all three ^ ^ And now that Hollywood has a bankable genre like torture porn you can't really "shock" people anymore... I still think its funny that those films are marketed as "dangerous" and edgy and all that yet they were made by a big studio so in the end a boardroom of middle aged rich white men made all the decisions haha
I mean the same thing kinda happened here in the US in the 70's with midnight movies..with Lynch, Waters and Jodorowski... but like... WHERE ARE THE FILMMAKERS PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES NOW?!
Because most every unknown filmmaker like me that tells meh about his/her idea/film just generates a yawn out of me because it is so tame and safe... If you want to make normal shit why don't you go work in the business? They don't understand that when you make run of the mill films you are competing with run of the mill Hollywood films with 1000x the budget and resources...so you can't win... I mean I'm not like some genius for going... hey wait I can't compete with that I need to do something different... but why does no one else do this?!?!
So before you go ahead with your idea for your big film... really look at it and if its too similar to the mainstream fare... work your idea some more until its in its own class...
Early in the development phase of HSM... I had written a straight Samurai film... then I said... "wait, anyone could write and make this film... I need to make a film that ONLY I could make" So thats what I did..or I'm doing ^ ^
So that bring me to another thought... So if your an internet filmmaker you really are competing against ALL THE MEDIA on the internet not just films...everything... So your torture porn isn't going to be too edgy because with a few clicks I can watch real video of a real person being mutilated to death...
So what boundaries do you go beyond? I say structural ones... redefine what a "film" is WHILST still delivering all the dramatic goods of a film 100x better than normal films ^ ^