I’m generally astounded so many young filmmakers want to make movies in the Hollywood production style today, but they do. At the very point where cinema becomes digital and democratised, people want to emulate industrial production methods. Visual effects became digital, editing and film processing became digital, projection became digital, and even hardware became digital. DSLRs made cameras digital and miniaturised all the grip gear. It took the people off the dolly and shrunk everything like a Japanese chihuahua. Even lights are digital now; tiny, low energy, computer programmable lights. It’s amazing all this stuff happened - it is a gift! And it’s equally amazing there are so many people that don’t seem to get it. For the first time, the idea of the cinematic auteur is inevitably the dominant form of production. It’s no longer a tendency or theoretical construct, battling the studio system. It is the new dominant mode. The film industry may be in trouble, but the cinematic auteur is a new, much more exciting possibility.