BOUGHT A PIRATE DVD?
Be honest, who hasn’t?
In the past I have certainly listened to music that was ‘copied’ - although I have never knowingly bought a pirate DVD or CD and the threat of virus or hacking has always deterred me from using illegal file-sharing sites.
However, there comes a time when we should put our money where our mouth is. Give the artist their due.
It’s the fairest way to ensure quality films continue to be produced. If piracy and illegal downloading continues to grow at the rate it is, then mark my words - 10 years from now you will see a huge decline in the quality of films hitting your screens.
Some of you may feel this is happening already. But next time you feel let down by the poor production values of a supposed blockbuster, you’d do well to consider why Producers’ budgets don’t stretch as far as they used to. Or if you feel short-changed by the poor ending of a mystery thriller, it could be because the Producer couldn’t afford to pay the Screenwriter for one last “spit and polish” draft of the script that they both knew it needed.
Those scary ads are true. Piracy really is strangling the movie business. I’ve seen the figures.
It’s not the multiplex cinemas you’re hurting – they’ll just whack up the price of popcorn and stick a bowling alley in the foyer.
It’s the grass roots film-maker who takes the real hit – with fewer funds available to produce their work. And unlike musicians, film-makers don’t have the outlet of live performance to make up for the shortfall in revenue.
Crowd-funding is a great way to help a film-maker that YOU KNOW get a leg up.
Please help to crowd-fund my debut short film and launch a career that you can all share in. I really am quite good, and have won awards and numerous plaudits already in my fledgling career.
Now I just need a little help from my friends to take me to the next level.
Please CLICK HERE to visit our campaign page on Kickstarter and if you like what you see, do give a little.