For as much as $20,000, Worldwide Motion Picture Group compares the story structure and genre of a script with those of released movies, looking for clues to box-office success.
I don’t see what those screenwriters in the story are crying about. If you’re writing screenplays in Hollywood, you’re beholden to money automatically. Your creative decisions are irrevocably guided and constrained by that gravity. That some unmitigated creative bits manage to leak through is not a position of strength to uphold in this context. This script analysis service isn’t an existential threat to their craft—they are their own threat for playing the game, if anything. So unless you want to go to kickstarter or come up with money some other way and/or have the courage to see that your vision remains uncompromised, then just stop talking and earn your money and have your career and pay your bills. Simple as that. (Or you could somehow socially engineer audiences’ tastes toward truer creativity, but that’s the ludicrously more difficult option.)
That said, I don’t think I’ll ever understand why anyone wants to consistently engage in these manufactured, doctored, statistically-analyzed, by-the-numbers-and-committees experiences as opposed to engaging in arguably more meaningful things, like actual artistic dialogues with the souls of individuals taking unseen risks trying to translate and express the swirling elements that constitute their inner reality.
Nah, I guess people would rather watch a Netflix original creatively guided and colored by endless data analysis of viewing habits. And then they internalize—constructing metaphors and building their inner lives in part around these products. I don’t much care to imagine what the end game of that looks like.