Oscar directors shun studio shackles


As this year's Oscar contenders illustrate conclusively, the race has become the central component of a specialized industry devoted to inexpensive art films shot outside the main gates of the studios. Call the director category the place that fetes this specialty-film business's key operatives, a new generation of auteurs who shoot for $25 million and under and largely get to call their own shots because of that.

For his part, nominee Tony Gilroy says he couldn't have made "Michael Clayton" -- independently financed by Boston developer Steve Samuels and acquired by Warner Bros. through negative pickup -- within the confines of a studio.

(Source: Variety)

Awards, Directors, Film Business, Filmmaking

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