Lunch-break. The show is winding down and I’m working myself out of a job. That’s the way it works and we are usually ready to be done with the movie at this point, anyway. It never was a calling, just a way to make it easier to follow a calling. But the work is seductive for a number of reasons. The money, the esteem, the company of peers, the learning and teaching environment, the spirit, creativity and comraderie, the intensity, the built-in ending. It is the only work environment where I have ever felt I fit in. Probably the carnival or the circus would work almost as well.
I used to think I worked in a clean industry and environmentally speaking that is basically true. Now I am more aware of the fact that we bring ideas to a kind of life and we export them to the world. So no, I don’t work in a machine gun factory but I do work in a field that speaks to the lowest common denominators, promotes outrageous values, sensational ideas and leaves behind truly awful mental images. I’ve read that the second use of every new communications technology from Gutenberg forward (and maybe back) is for pornography. I think the third use is for the production of garbage for public consumption.
Is it really any harder to make a good movie than it is to make a bad one? The work of the various departments is the same. Film people tend to have a great work ethic, taking pride in their abilities and their individual and departmental production.
But the final product is generally built around a hollow core, that being the writing. The writing generally sucks, and if the writing doesn’t suck, the themes and ideas generally do. Are good scripts harder to find or to write than bad ones? There are a zillion good writers out there. Just look around here, in bloggerland.
Speaking of great writing of another sort, I am way behind on posting the image prompt responses. I’m running out of time now but I’ll make a start now and steal some time later to finish. I am also going to be spending some time on the road these next few months and it might be harder to post the prompts. I am thinking of asking some artist friends to guest produce, using their own images. It might be a nice break anyway and would open up the blog to other kinds of collaborative efforts, too. Ideas, anyone?
My, what a wordy lunch.