A film collector in Georgia says he’s trying to make the most of his limited collection of older movies on Amazon.com by finding a way to make his own film.
Kathleen McCall says she’s been eyeing up the movies since her parents passed away when she was in her late teens.
But she says she never thought it would come this close to making her own.
“I think it was just too early to be making movies, it was too early, I think my parents were very supportive of it, but I wasn’t very much involved in it,” McCall said.
“So when I was like 14, 15 years old, I did go to the local movie theater and bought a bunch of old movies.”
Then one day, I saw the website of Amazon and I saw that there were some older movies there, I went to look at them and I just thought ‘This is it, this is it.’
“I went home and watched the movies, and they were all really good.”
When I started watching more and more movies, I had a little bit of a panic attack.
“But then, just when I felt it was finally happening, I started buying older movies.”
She’s still in her teens now, but she says the thrill of the thrill has waned.
“The more I’ve seen older movies, the more I’m starting to think that I’m probably gonna lose it all,” McCALL said.
McCall is just one of hundreds of Georgia moviegoers looking to make their own movies online.
But they’re also finding themselves competing with others for the attention of movie-loving fans.
And it seems to be working.
In 2016, Amazon was the No. 1 seller for the number of movies in Georgia, according to a survey conducted by the Atlanta-based Film Lab.
Amazon has expanded its online video platform with the introduction of Amazon Prime Video, which allows customers to stream a variety of movies and TV shows to their TVs.
More recently, it has launched a free video streaming service called Hulu Plus.
The Georgia Film Lab says it has seen a boom in movie purchases, as well.
But the demand for older movies is a problem for some movie studios.
“It’s not good to be selling a product that’s not going to sell because it’s not being used by anyone,” said David Kline, who runs a film research firm in Georgia.
“There’s a concern about the quality of the movies.”
A growing number of Georgia film collectors are making their own films.
And Kline says the trend is catching on.
“We’re seeing that there’s a lot of people who are doing that, and there’s also a lot who are just looking for a little extra bit of enjoyment,” Kline said.
For the first time in years, Georgia’s movie collectors are looking for an alternative.
Kline says he started offering films to film-lovers in the city of Augusta in December, and the interest is growing.
“People are looking to purchase old movies because they want to preserve it and they’re looking for something to do with their own time,” Klinesaid.