“Let’s aim a little higher”: Ben Affleck impassionedly compares Netflix filmmaking to an “assembly line”.

Ben Affleck has urged Netflix to change its “assembly-line” approach to making movies and “aim a little higher.”

The actor spoke The New York Times‘ DealBook Summit on Wednesday (November 30) on the launch of Artist Equity, his new studio with Matt Damon.

During the call, Affleck said he wanted his studio to show that “commercial” films could still be made well, with their production crews being paid fairly.

When the interviewer mentioned that he was interviewing Netflix co-CEO and chairman Reed Hastings later that day, Affleck — who starred in the Netflix action film triple border in 2019 – explained how Artist Equity would differ from the streamer.

“I see no difference between commercialism and quality,” Affleck said. “If you ask Reed Hastings, [he’d say]’Well, we chose quantity to establish a footprint.’

“I’m sure there’s wisdom in that and I’m sure they had a great strategy, but I would have said, ‘How are we going to make 50 great movies? How is that possible?’ There’s no committee big enough… They just can’t do it.”

He continued, “It’s a thing that requires attention, dedication and work, and it defies the assembly-line type of processes. “[Netflix’s head of original films] Scott Stuber is a really talented, smart guy [who] I really like… [but] it is an impossible job.”

Affleck said film executives only look short-term, but over the long term it would result in more time and money being put into filmmaking, “more people watch things, more people pay for content, more people spend money.”

Affleck in the 2019 Netflix film Triple Frontier

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“That doesn’t mean I’m stupid to the idea that there’s a bigger audience for action movies than small dramas,” Affleck said. “$120 million for Armageddon$18 million for goodwill huntI understand that.

“Certain genres play more broadly, you can’t forget that. But each of these film genres can also be better. let’s do well Let’s make it smart, let’s make it interesting, let’s surprise the audience, let’s care.

“I know you can get people to watch people shoot each other and blow things up because they’re stoned, it’s two in the morning and they’re flipping through Netflix, but let’s aim a little higher. Let’s try to find something that people will remember 20 years later.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/ben-affleck-netflix-films-studio-matt-damon-b2237132.html “Let’s aim a little higher”: Ben Affleck impassionedly compares Netflix filmmaking to an “assembly line”.

JOE HERNANDEZ

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