I know at one time or another we have all finished watching a movie and thought who in the world came up with that idea and some company actually paid to have the piece of junk made. The new free Website VoteHollywood.com that is debuting in August 2010 might just be the answer for the ailing movie industry. It is the brainchild of 22 year old Nikhil Jassawalla, a Bollywood and Hollywood filmmaker and risk management advisor.
The premise of the Website is to bring together movie going audiences, film industry investors and film makers to improve the process of pitching movies while decreasing the financial risks. It will be an one-of-a-kind web based media platform. How it will work is celebrities and film makers will upload videos of their intended projects, this way they will be visible by investors and most importantly the public. Movie audiences will get the opportunity as a consumer to see what the film makers are proposing then they get to say if they feel it would make a good movie.
The public gets the chance to vote on the prospective movie ideas and give each either a “green light”, or “red light”. I think it is a wonderful way for film makers and the movie industry in general to be more in touch with what the average movie fan’s likes and dislikes are. As a movie lover myself there have been many times I have cringed at the constant re-cycling of the same of movie formula. I almost feel insulted sometimes at some of the movies that are made, it is like Hollywood thinks we all want to see sequel after sequel of the same unoriginal movie. This is why in many of the films I watch are independent ones, they may not have a big budget but you get to see many more original and interesting movies.
Votehollywood.com is also the perfect opportunity for many talented up and coming film makers to get their work seen, when in the past they might have been ignored or passed over. It even is a good situation for potential investors they will have the feedback from movie lovers on pitch ideas to help them get a better feel on which ones would be more profitable.The investors will have the chance to see fresh movie ideas that in the end meets their ultimate goal to make them money.
No one is able to predict exactly how successful vote Hollywood.com Website will be, but I feel it has the potential really to change the movie industry as we know it. Early buzz from global investors in China and India has been promising. We do not know what kind of project ideas will be showcased on the Website, or if the investors will ultimately choose to back the projects to help them get made into movies. But it is a wonderful original way to bring together everyone from start to finish in the movie process. Starting with the film maker, to the investors and the movie goers who will be paying to see the result, Votehollywood.com is the perfect venue to usher in a new and exciting future in the way movies are made.