Are independent film makers more consistently skilled than independent authors?

Self-publishing companies are often called vanity presses, a carry over from the days when an author had to spend thousands of dollars to self-publish a book, with the implication that only someone who is vain would spend money to make his writing available to the public. People who make films sometimes spend... show more Self-publishing companies are often called vanity presses, a carry over from the days when an author had to spend thousands of dollars to self-publish a book, with the implication that only someone who is vain would spend money to make his writing available to the public. People who make films sometimes spend thousands of dollars to make their film available to the public, but they are called independent rather than vain. In both cases, we have a mix of people who are skilled at what they do and those who should give up. In both cases we have people who do not have all of the resources they need to produce a polished product, but independent film making is popular and does not carry stigma with it that self-publication does. Independent film makers are viewed as overcoming obsticals to free speech while self-published authors are not. What is the difference between these to very similar undertakings?
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