Posted by Charles on September 09, 1999 at 00:48:01:
In Reply to: Re: Another Paradigm Shift posted by The Mammal on September 08, 1999 at 05:36:15:
Oh, you'll be alive, Mammal. There's no question of it. She's the one who won't be, metaphorically speaking of course. Her breed is facing a timely extinction and she has no idea that her perfect work world in this business will someday be a memory.
I've got a friend who's a world class character designer working on a series at a major studio in town. Turns out he's the only character designer on the show and he has to turn out hundreds of designs. They could easily hire a couple of people to help him out. Why don't they?
Because these cell phone chattering, close minded bimbos and bimbettes are likely stand to make a handsome bonus from delivering the show under budget while underwriting their own corporate extravegance, to say nothing of the fact that this is "the system". Perfectly suited for producers pretending that it's 1984 who want to make it look like they are really producing when they're not.
They can't stop what's going to happen. In fact, they haven't any idea that anything is happening at all. Their biggest liability? Their inability or refusal to recognize the value and the importance of the artist and what we have to offer to make their jobs better, make the company more profitable, and make everyones professional world more secure.
Production capital is looking for another way to go. It knows that a good 50% of funds slated for production are needlessly wasted on these people and this system they perpetuate.
You're doing the right thing by trying to talk some sense to them, but in order for them to grasp what you are talking about, it means having to face the fact of their own inevitable obsolescence.
If you're a pseudo-producer in LA, you'll soon be wishing for the good ol' days. The age of the artist is coming.
Some friendly advice for many of you pseudos. Think long term. Start training for another profession.
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