Skip to comments.Christians keep Hollywood profitable.
Posted on 12/10/2005 4:37:25 AM PST by Aussie Dasher
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I wish Mel Gibson would use his millions to build a film studio near Branson. Right in the heartland, where the conservative alternative to smutty Vegas live acts are already flourishing.
She might be right: I am an atheist and I haven't been to a movie theater for 25+ years. And I do not rent their crap on video, either, and [on purpose] do not have a TV. So if I am in any way indicative, it would be the believers' money that keeps the Hollywood types on the hog.
Many Christians pretty much have the 'entertain me' jones...like everyone else...unfortunately.
I'm sure the State of Missouri would do back-flips to accommodate such a venture.
The was an attempt to start a movie studio in Utah. It failed miserably.
Movie people are knowledge workers. Knowledge workers move from job to job in the same industry. The is why knowledge firms tend to concentrate. If you want a career in financial services you have to live in and around the New York metro area. You know that if you want to find a better job in another bank or brokerage house you don't have to relocate. And banks and brokerage houses know they have a large skill base to draw on. If you want to work in cutting edge computer design you have to live in a Silicon Valley area. If you want to work in fashion you have to go to New York or Paris or LA.
You could save a ton of money by moving a knowledge firm to the boondocks, but where would you find your employees ? And if your employees would be stuck there because you are their only possible employer. If you want to make the connections that will get your career off the ground and keep you working steadily you have to be where the movers and shakers are.
No. The film industry has to stay where the agents and producers and film crews and casting directors and writers are concentrated.
Anywhere? If you wanted to get into the stale Hollywood film community, then you'd stay in Hollywood. But if you wanted to be able to express yourself and do real creative work without some studio head guiding your hand, you'd go where independent thought flourished.
And if your employees would be stuck there because you are their only possible employer.
Only if nobody follows suit and locates where you did. That wasn't true in Hollywood, why would it be true somewhere new?
If you want to make the connections that will get your career off the ground and keep you working steadily you have to be where the movers and shakers are.
And why does that have to be in Hollywood? Those "movers and shakers" have proven repeatedly that they suck.
There's no need to continue this tautology. Hollywood is not sacred ground. Its product could come from any pipe in any reasonably sized cesspool. And good movies can come from Cottonwood as easily as Hollywood -- more easily in fact, since a new movie community has no shameful legacy to carry forward.
You have missed it completely.
Motion pictures and architecture are artistic mediums where....
1. The artist cannot afford the price of his output. No writer can afford to finance a professional film out of his own pocket so the money men have to get involved. And then again the film must be distributed and marketed so thinking you can just go off to Branson and make a movie without a "studio head" makes no sense. Mel Gibson had to have Fox distribute TPOTC.
2. The efforts of many highly skilled professionals are necessary. You need sound and light and editing and .... These people will stay where they can find regular work where the motion picture industry is concentrated. They cannot just work once or twice a year. So they are not going to go off to Branson.
3. The projects you get and the fan base you build depends on the hit projects you are in. It is in the interest of the best stars to work in the best projects and the best projects to improve their chances of success by having the best stars. A few flops and its dinner theater and Hollywood Squares. It's the difference between having clout (i.e., the money men will give you whatever you want) and being a washed up joke. The ingenue starlet has until 28 to become a star. And there are lots of pretty girls. So going off to the boondocks would be career suicide.