Originally Posted by Lunatique
Generally speaking, when the gratuitous/exploitation aspects become too prominent, they start to dilute and distract from the more serious aspect of the message behind the storytelling.
I think the tone is really important. Look at Boogie Nights; it's about porn stars, but there's no gratuitous exploitation, regardless of the sex scenes and nudity.
Of course you're right... I'm just balancing from the people who might be thinking the message is to make sure all the films from now on feature nothing but happy families having tea.
I always tell my guys that a film is built in layers.... You have this element for the young crowd, these elements for the older crowd.... something for the people who want explosions... And then later you have something for them to think about.. a question or something that they might relate to - even if that wasn't the original reason they tuned in.
And it's not about selling necessarily.. It's because ... in Communication Art... you need the audience to LISTEN to you... and sometimes that means you need to find that "language" that gets you in.
It's like if you start with Leather-wearing bikers and women in shorts... but what you're really doing is talking about maybe Status Quo issues, or "putting down the little guy", or it's a star-crossed love story thing and the gangs the boy and girl joined up with to enable them against an "oppressive system" become the things that stand in the way of them being together...
And of course if that was your story maybe there might have to be some kind of violent end.. Or maybe they leave their old lives behind? It all depends on the creator.
Every creator is like a mixer at a switchboard. You got all these dials you can turn up: Sex, Violence, Romance, Betrayal, Opulence, etc. etc. Only the narrow-minded would always have to turn Sex and Violence to zero.... but of course if you dial it up to 11 you make things harder for yourself.