Although Scriptnotes always discusses more than one topic, Scriptnotes episode 287 is almost entirely devoted to the vanity fair piece “Why Hollywood as We Know it is Already Over.” John August and Craig Mazin go over the piece itself, and the long, long, long history of similar doomsday predictions for Hollywood, and inherent misunderstandings between the scene described in the piece and they way work happens on a film.
John and Craig also talk about the newspaper and music industries, and the very real problems both of them have faced and suffered from in the digital age, and recommend subscribing to reputable news publications still in print. On a related note–there are entire sites such as Newspaper Death Watch dedicated to chronicling these struggles.
Film however, as John and Craig firmly propose and I agree, is not about to fizzle and die. It’s an industry that has gone through the additions of sound and color, the competition of cable television, competing foreign markets, and the rise of Indie film making. As they point out in their podcast, the film industry is already molding around the digital era. People independently raise funding on a site like Kickstarter to create shows like Video Game High School, which they promote on a platform such as Youtube, which will gains popularity and visibility until it is picked up by a distributor–in this case Netflix–which is itself deeply tied to and invested in the Hollywood production circle. I’m not making a case that all film streams lead to the Hollywood ocean, but film has proven to be an incredibly adaptable medium for which there is a rather constant stream of demand.
In addition to discussing the longevity or demise of Hollywood, John and Craig finish a few threads from previous episodes, and answer questions–including some advice about copyright when script writing and how to script a conversation involving a translator. They finish up with one cool things about a conspiracy discussion thread for John’s film Go, and the resurgence of print journalism.