Everybody loves the movies. Some folks even fantasize about being in the movies themselves. I think it would be interesting/fun to be a famous movie star….. for maybe a couple months – but have to believe that celebrity status would get mighty old after just a few weeks, what with the paparazzi constantly stalking and never being able to do simple things like go shopping or take your kids to the park without being recognized and mobbed by crowds asking for autographs, photos and questions etc.
Fortunately, there’s a whole lot more involved with moviemaking than just acting. Lots of movie DVD’s now have ‘making of’ special features included. Sometimes the ‘making of’ segments are more interesting than the movies themselves! Notable special features that come to mind include: the model making features for ‘Lord of the Rings’, the various animation process segments on ‘Shrek’, the costume design feature on ‘Oceans 11’and just about anything produced by Industrial Light and Magic. The technology involved in modern filmmaking is astounding. A number of tasks previously performed by various lighting and film specialists are now performed in editing rooms by computer wizards: digital lighting effects, digital sound (although they still use the old ‘foley’ sound people and most walking scenes for instance are still produced by people walking in place wearing leather shoes), and CGI. to name a few recent innovations.
The cost of producing a major release film nowadays runs in the neighborhood of 50 million dollars. Some of the increased expense is due to exorbitant actors’ salaries and extensive marketing/promotion, but if you look at the credits of films now versus those made 40 years ago, it seems like they are about four times as long as their predecessors. Some of the numerous job titles give little clue as to their function, but with all the ‘making of’ features now available the public is getting an education.
If you had the opportunity to be involved in any aspect of filmmaking you chose, what would you like to do?
Personally, I’m happiest in an environment where I’m collaborating on a creative endeavor (e.g. I really enjoyed helping come up with Cyburbia’s April Fools Day joke this year) and for that reason I think I would enjoy being on the script writing team. I wish to heaven I had the artistic talent to be a storyboard artist because that would be my first choice, but I just don’t have that talent. I suspect cch would also be a great person to have on the creative writing team, as would Bear Up North (now that I look at the last caption contest I should probably add Mastiff to the list too) and about a half dozen others. Mskis comes to mind as a likely candidate for an executive producer (the guy who is responsible for implementing the budget and ensuring the production schedule stays on track) and there’s probably a half dozen others here that would make decent directors IMO. Who here has artistic talent? Who has good set building/design skills? Could you see yourself as a schmoozing studio publicist who attends all the photo ops and red carpet galas to provide that all important 10 second sound bite? Any stuntpeople or stunt coordinator wannabes out there?