Francis Ford Coppola Says the Future of Movies Will Be Live Cinema

Francis Ford Coppola Says the Future of Movies Will Be Live Cinema

Jun 10, 2014

Francis Ford Coppola gave a talk at the closing of the Producer Guild‘s Produced By Conference that ignited the imaginations of cineastes in the audience. He predicted that the next wave of cinema will be live.

“The cinema can be composed for the audience while they’re seeing it. Movies no longer have to be set in stone and can be interpreted for an audience," he said. Coppola's sees these live films screenable in theaters and on mobile devices, with the potential for live movies to be "30 percent prerecorded as the actors do it live." He stated, "You can do anything and you can do it live.” In fact, Coppola teased that he might even consider executing his own movie in this manner. His upcoming multigenerational tale of an Italian-American family could be the first live film. "Maybe I should put my money where my mouth is and do it live," he stated. 

Also at the conference, Coppola discussed the importance of independent cinema. ”If not for independent filmmakers, all we would have would be these big industrial films. The cinema is too important to allow industry high finance to stop it. Cinema is too big to be defeated," he said. Coppola's own independent film studio American Zoetrope was born from a place of wanting to open doors for filmmakers. "In my earlier career I liked The Rain People, because that was my first film where I got to do what I wanted to do. I was young," the director once stated to the Rumpus.

"I wrote the story based on something that I had witnessed. Few people know that film – then I made The Conversation, which was an original as well. That’s what I wanted to be doing." And Coppola has always expressed that he's an indie filmmaker at heart. "The Godfather was an accident. I was broke and we needed the money. We had no way to keep American Zoetrope going," he once admitted. "I had no idea it was going to be that successful. It was awful to work on, and then my career took off and I didn’t get to be what I wanted to be – I wanted to be a guy who made films like The Rain People and The Conversation. I didn’t want to be a big Hollywood movie director."

Can you envision Coppola's live-movie future becoming a reality?




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