Re: JAMES BATES:The LA Times article

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Posted by Captain Satan on April 29, 2000 at 18:01:59:

In Reply to: Re: JAMES BATES:The LA Times article posted by A fly on the wall on April 29, 2000 at 02:16:27:

: BUT, the solution to the problem is NOT to cut the crew loose when you find you're into a production without having solved your story/plot/theme/character issues. THAT is NOT correcting the mistakes. That is merely cutting your loses. The real solution is to get your act together before the greenlight is given. :::

: The real solution, one which I'm not sure the powers that be can admit, is that real creative and artistic leadership needs to be nurtured, demanded, expected, and allowed to flourish. Filmmaking by committee, with the producer making the final decision on everything, is a recipe for trouble. :::

That's certainly a BIG problem in the industry overall, methinks. Producers with NO film-making experience or even an appreciation of animation are allowed to make artistic decisions, yet the artists aren't allowed to make suggestions on how to save money, or even make artistic decisions, they just get laid off. The typical scenario of non-artistic people thinking that artistic people are a dime-a-dozen.

Dave mentions a couple of producers that he thinks don't fit the above scenario. Those people are too rare, Dave, and you know it. There is still a severe lack of respect on both sides of what the other can do FOR each other, instead of what they do TO each other.

Of course, if more artists get their act together for www consumption, maybe they stand a chance of equalizing the exec. overload currently seen at the studios.

The Cap'n

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