"I’m going to hell just for talking to you today." Bloggess. Cracks me up.
So your local Mad Pulp Bastard, Mr. Bill Cunningham, wrote a post about another dude's take on indy film. The short version is: Mike Ryan says "We filmmakers should do whatever we want and not worry about whether anyone wants to see it, that's not our problem". Bill's response? "No."
And it reminded me of this post by the Matriarchal Script Paradigm (via Josh James). In it, "Ralphy" observes:
I think writers believe that by eschewing genre entirely they’re developing their own voice and giving the reader something that is uniquely them. Unfortunately, just the opposite is true. Most of these scripts are identical in tone, so, voice-wise, they all “sound”/read the same.
Wow. That so explains most of the scripts I've seen. Or plays I've worked on. And it explains a lot of indy film.
My complaint about indy film is how much of it is simply boring and un-inventive. Big Hollywood studios put out movies with much more daring "looks" to them than the average "indy" picture (which is frequently lit like a sitcom).