"Does Talent get a spot anywhere here? The fact is, in just about ANY art form, some people just seem to naturally have a talent for it."

Unfortunately, the main talent in filmmaking is raising money and making deals. The business part is where the talent is most needed. Everything else usually comes later. It's unfortunate, but true.

Whatever the money people think will sell is what gets made, and gets altered so as to more likely sell more (by their criteria).