Reading the trades, I discovered that only about 1100 writers worked on films in Hollywood last year. Sure, more than that worked on TV, but most elite members of the WGA only work about one year in three (if at all). And, when they do find work, their pay is still less than many less […]
“Hi, I’m stupid.” We’ve seen it again and again. Workplace “scandals” that involve public spats, arguments over bad management that end in someone getting fired. Some “gurus” claim this shows a lack of “emotional intelligence.” I think it’s more to do with economic intelligence. But, if you need a primer in emotional intelligence, here you […]
There’s a lot of misinformation online. And, a lot of false things have been said about the film industry, many of which were being said even before the Internet. It seems like some of the worst advice has found its way to top of the search results. But, among all the misinformation (some of which you […]
You may have heard by now that the Happy Birthday song is in copyright. Or is it? One of the longest copyright disputes revolves around “Happy Birthday” and whether you can use that song in your films and videos, or in live concerts and plays. “Happy Birthday to you” has been around so long that […]
Above the Line: In a film budget, departments whose key members are traditionally recruited before the film’s financing is in place and before the budget is written. These include development (costs and investment recoupment), story and screenplay, direction, production, cast, and any associated fringes. – Ptara’s guidebook. Michael Wohl may the the world’s foremost expert on […]
We’ve all heard that today’s students don’t know history, and can’t find anything on a map. Is it reassuring or not to know that their ancestors weren’t much brighter? American students back in the time of Gandhi and Mussolini didn’t even know who those two famous people were. “Gandhi is an Italian Ambassador in […]
Eisenhower once said that if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. Yet, biographers of Napoleon seem to quote Cromwell in saying that those men who go farthest, don’t have a plan. There are so many other secrets put forward. But one seems consistent.