Starbuck and Apollo got serious at the recent Dallas Comic-Con.
[via The Mary Sue]
You know, I’ll say this and try to leave it at that: as much as I appreciate what the two of them are saying, I also know that one of the driving forces for men of a certain age is that they choose to start their own production companies specifically to develop projects for them “at that age.” Women — and I hear you — as much as I want to agree with the opinion that Hollywood shuns you once you reach a certain age, I can say that I, personally, have no problem watching a woman of any age perform so long as the work is legitimate. There’s a handful of projects I’ve seen in the last year that are fabulous and they also fit the bill of what’s the real elephant in the room here … but they’re just not audience-friendly properties in many respects. That’s the bottom line, and Starbuck said it herself: the reality is more men flock to movies than do women, and that necessarily dictates what pictures get studio greenlit versus those that end up being produced independently. It’s the dynamics of business in a consumer driven economy … it ain’t sexism.
Go out and prove there’s a market for the post-60 female viewer by making pictures for them and (here’s the kicker) have them turn a profit, and I can guarantee you no studio exec will walk away from making $$$ with you. Ask the average post-60 woman what she likes to do in her spare time, and I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts it ain’t going to the movies. (They tend to become more focused television viewers at that age for a whole variety of reasons.) I’m happy to be proven wrong; I can only speak for what my experience has shown me.