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this is an interesting question, Doug. What do you think it might mean to try to produce films for this distracted audience?

the only things initially that come to my mind are
1) keeping your plot structure a bit simpler (another way of saying 'dumbing down' or catering to the lowest common denominator?)
2) frequent plot twists/changes to keep the audience paying attention
3) more explosions.

i'd love to hear other's ideas on this subject because i think that (apart from maybe number 2 above) i'd refuse to do any of the above to my film to cater to an audience. i think that this paradigm just heightens the importance of a theatrical run (where distractions are minimized) and relying on word of mouth to build an audience motivated to actually WATCH your film...
in other words, high quality becomes even MORE important than it was...
other thoughts?

Riley, I'm not sure what this means in terms of structuring films in the future. I can't see radically re-working that because I aim for theatrical and broadcast distribution, where audiences still expect certain traditional storytelling conventions.

That said, a film that comes to mind (and happens to be one of my favorites) as a model is 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould. Stylistically speaking, seems like the perfect film for all distribution platforms.

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