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Mark Suszko
Re: Corporate Video Book - Contributors Wanted
on Feb 20, 2019 at 10:03:13 pm

"What advice would you give to someone new to the business?"

Welding school. The money's better.

More seriously... this is, to my mind, a new Golden Age of production; so much more content being produced and so many more platforms to show it on, seems like a lot more people can break into the biz and make a go of it. That's not exactly true, or, more accurately, that's only -partly- true. There's more production, there's more content, but it's fighting a lot more competing content, all of it competing for the same original number of eyeballs, on lower budgets than historically considered "normal". this drives profit margins into the basement, so only mega-hits pay off their startup costs and make profits. Then everybody slavishly copies a recent "winner", ignoring other potentially better properties and ideas because they're risk-averse. That's always been the case in Hollywood. But now, the tools have made everything cheaper to do, IF you know what you're doing. I wonder at how much more a young Roger Corman could do with the tools of today, versus back in his prime. There's more content out there, but more of it is also of relatively lower quality, technically or creatively, because the "money barrier" of production costs used to filter out those wannabees who weren't competent enough to arrange enough money and technical talent to do a job right. Maybe "Golden Age" isn't the best name for it; it's a new "Wild West". We as consumers benefit from having more choices. For producers, it's less expensive to make a show but harder to get it to pay it's way.

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