I’m coming around to Tom’s view that cinema can and will be made on an amateur peer-production basis and that at some point the sort of obviously competent techies who did this will hook up with some less-inept actor and writer types and produce something with more merit. One obstacle to hobbyist production of this sort, however, is that you need a confluence of interests to put it together. Commerical cinema is driven by the interaction of cost and consumer demand. Amateur cinema would be driven by producer interests. Your stereotypical techie interests — Star Wars sequels, giant robots, etc. — aren’t the kind of projects that are likely to attract a ton of skilled actors sufficiently passionate about the endeavor to work for free.