Articles & Notes — February 27, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Every independent film… is a gamble

roundersToday, making an independent movie is similar to gambling. You simply never know whether you’re going to win or lose.

Although you can calculate, assume this or that, you can never be sure of the final result.

Your film may be of great pride and value to you, but also offer zero to all other viewers.

It should be noted though, that in case with gambling, you don’t necessarily have to go blind and guess.

In fact, there is one filmmaker that says gambling is simply about math. That filmmaker is Richard Munchkin.

Munchkin is not only a professional blackjack player (he’s also in the BlackJack Hall of Fame!), but also because aside from being a professional gambler, he also brought us some of the best of the 90s action movies.

Munchkin is responsible for bringing the genre fans such films as “Ring of Fire”, “Deadly Bet”, “Fists of Iron”, “Guardian Angel” – these three action/martial arts films had nearly all of the 90s biggest stars, such as Don Dragon Wilson, Jeff Wincott, Gary Daniels, Matthias Hues, Cynthia Rothrock, and so on.

“Because of the ups and downs of the film business I have always needed a reliable income like gambling. I went through college playing backgammon and poker, and then moved to Las Vegas and became a professional blackjack player,” Munchkin once said.

Munchkin says that gambling is similar to having your own brewery – where you make a profit on every bottle that goes down the conveyor belt. The more bottles – the more money. The same with gambling.

“I know it is hard for most people to understand because all they see is negative portrayals of addicts, but it is really just math,” Munchkin said.

Of course, if you’re a gambler, there’s no need to pack bags and fly to Las Vegas to test your luck. You can, for example, visit an online casino here and play without even leaving your home.

Movies of course often portray gambling or casino scenes rather bleakly. It’s either about characters completely destroying themselves by playing, or playing better than most people ever would. Sometimes gambling simply serves as a backdrop to the main action, sometimes it provides the main focus of the film.

Take one of the most vivid examples – Martin Scorcese’s “Casino”. The film is about the rise and falls of a man, who operates a casino in Las Vegas.

Along with a superb cast, gambling, sex and drugs push the film towards the culmination point. Casino scenes are also associated with James Bond movies, though the two that are most closely associated are Diamonds are Forever and Casino Royal.

If you’re planning to make a film about gambling – that’s another gamble for you, as such films are not everyone’s cup of tea. Especially, if they’re bad with math.

So, don’t matter if you’re making a gambling film, or plan to go and gamble – make sure you count and calculate everything in advance.

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