“It’s a really weird thing to be in the industry when you’re trying to be a skinny film star,” said Taryn Thomas, who plays the wife of a New York City chef who is a film director.
“There’s this sense that there’s no way to be good and still be the skinny guy.”
The idea of a skinny movie has been around since the 1970s, when films such as “Barry Lyndon” and “The Big Lebowski” introduced the concept.
In the years since, many have followed the trend, and while some have tried to capitalize on it by turning their own bodies into the stars, others have gone the opposite way.
For example, a recent movie called “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” featured a character named “Betsy,” played by actress Tara Strong, who was transformed into a vampire after being shot in the head.
Another recent film, “Lincoln,” made fun of the way the country’s presidential election was being covered.
“I think that film was very much a reaction to the fact that the whole country was watching TV, and the president was a zombie, and people were talking about the zombie apocalypse,” Strong told ABC News.
But what is it that makes a film a skinny one?
A skinny film is different from a mainstream film, where the cast and crew are compensated well for their work.
And unlike a mainstream production, the budget for a skinny production is not tied to its quality, meaning a film made for an indie filmmaker or a studio can go viral.
In reality, it’s not a hard and fast rule, as the Hollywood Reporter noted.
“What I think is important is that these are stories that are being told,” said J.J. Abrams, a writer-director whose movies include “The Force Awakens” and the upcoming “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
“And the truth is, people want to see them, they’re interested in them, and they’re curious.
And it’s a good thing.
I think the idea that there are a certain number of people who can do that is really interesting.”
The skinny film phenomenon is also a result of a larger trend, which has seen audiences turn to the internet to share their personal stories.
It’s a trend that has been going on for years, with movies such as the viral hit “Beachbody” and indie hits such as Netflix’s “Catch Me If You Can” and HBO’s “The Crown.”
However, the recent rise of the Internet has brought more people to the point where the media and studios are finding themselves in a similar situation.
“I think people want a certain kind of experience to a film,” Abrams said.
“People want to be able to see the finished product.
People want to understand the story, and not be told it.
And the same with their relationship with their characters, and their sense of self.”
“The skinny” may not have the same success as the mainstream films, but there are plenty of filmmakers that are embracing the trend.
In fact, the “snappy” term is used by actors such as Tom Wilkinson and Matt Walsh in their films, and in “Binge,” the film about a group of friends in which each person plays a part.
But Abrams doesn’t see it as a trend.
Instead, he sees it as an opportunity for filmmakers to break into the industry.
“I’m a big believer in the idea of storytelling, and I think films and TV and movies are storytelling, but they’re more than that,” Abrams told ABCNews.com.
“The audience wants to see their characters be happy, they want to have a sense of belonging and a sense that they have a voice, that they’re not just a cog in the machine.
And that’s something that we’re very fortunate to have on our side.”
In the meantime, there’s one thing that Abrams and his team are hoping to achieve.
He hopes that as the media’s focus shifts to the mainstream, the skinny-film phenomenon will continue.
“In the end, the mainstream’s a little bit more concerned with who’s getting what,” Abrams explained.
“And we want to go back to that idea of people just wanting to see a movie, and we want them to just be a part of that story.”