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Old 11-30-2008, 01:17 AM
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Money, money, money, money, money. Damn money! Doesn't anyone do something because they love it anymore? Or for the simple beauty of it? My, my, what an impass this world has come to because of something that only exists because WE give it value. It makes me feel like the one lemming that has the brains not to dive off of the cliff.

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What happened to seeing money for what it is: the public saying, "You did a good job. We believe you did a good enough job, in fact, that we'll pay you so you can do it again instead of flipping burgers."?

That's all the money is for. It isn't the end. It's the means. When you lose sight of that, you're a hack. Just a prostitute with a keyboard and a camera.
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:25 AM
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What happened to seeing money for what it is: the public saying, "You did a good job. We believe you did a good enough job, in fact, that we'll pay you so you can do it again instead of flipping burgers."?

That's all the money is for. It isn't the end. It's the means. When you lose sight of that, you're a hack. Just a prostitute with a keyboard and a camera.
And for this complete you'll have to go back to the beginning Hollywood. Why should J. J. Abrams be expected to do things any differently than how things have been done since the words "Hollywood" first appeared on the side of that mountain?
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:43 AM
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And for this complete you'll have to go back to the beginning Hollywood. Why should J. J. Abrams be expected to do things any differently than how things have been done since the words "Hollywood" first appeared on the side of that mountain?
Seriously. All the other directors I know of make movies for the love of the art form, not for money. Hitchcock, Scorsese, Jackson, Lee, none of them took a penny for their work! Bet you didn't know that.

Why can't that money-grubbing Abrams do exactly what a few people want him to do, and do it with the intent of not making money?
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:45 AM
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Seriously. All the other directors I know of make movies for the love of the art form, not for money. Hitchcock, Scorsese, Jackson, Lee, none of them took a penny for their work! Bet you didn't know that.

Why can't that money-grubbing Abrams do exactly what a few people want him to do, and do it with the intent of not making money?
Cause you'll never see that in Hollywood now.

It's all about the money. They get paid millions to put out crap...and that's what they're gonna do until someone reforms the industry...or blows it up.
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:57 AM
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. . . And for a director, not making money on a film is burning bridges. Making money on a film makes you more marketable as a director and allows you to make more movies. Pretty simple concept, really, and I don't mean that to sound rude.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:04 AM
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. . . And for a director, not making money on a film is burning bridges. Making money on a film makes you more marketable as a director and allows you to make more movies. Pretty simple concept, really, and I don't mean that to sound rude.
That's basic business. Typically, no one hires a failure on the hopes that his next project might be a success. There are exceptions, but that tends to be the rule.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:11 AM
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It's a creative/financial balancing act. It's a standard way of working in Hollywood, especially for actors - you do the megabudget blockbuster to earn some points so you can go off and do the micro-budget projects you care more about.

Same can apply to directors, but even with financial success, it can still be a struggle to get money together for these low budget projects. People always want a return on their investment.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:14 AM
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Cause you'll never see that in Hollywood now.

It's all about the money. They get paid millions to put out crap...and that's what they're gonna do until someone reforms the industry...or blows it up.
I was being sarcastic. Of course it's all about the money! If my company decided it wasn't going to try and make money, they'd go out of business. So would anyone else.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:16 AM
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Which is why no films ever get made in the 24th Century....
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:37 AM
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I was being sarcastic. Of course it's all about the money! If my company decided it wasn't going to try and make money, they'd go out of business. So would anyone else.
The complication is that better quality product generally makes more money
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