As an expansion on my initial platform, I am now introducing a new plan to bring entertainment jobs back to Los Angeles. This plan is called the Los Angeles Production Benefit and it brings independent film production and union crews together.
One of America's most lucrative exports is entertainment. It wasn't long ago that L.A. was the entertainment capital of the world. But lack of a vision for L.A.'s future by current city leadership has led to the destruction of a local industry.
I don't know about you, but, I for one, am way tired of seeing the same megastars cranking out the same mega-junk, almost as if they're all in on this decade-long con, and, we, the movie-going public, are their unwitting marks.
There's just a massive creative-fatigue-miasma hanging over the film business these days, a sense the establishment has sucked all the air out of the business (as well as the financing) and that your options are limited.
Pity the poor movie business. Nobody likes it anymore. What the huge corporations that own the studios really don't like is the version of the movie business that they seem to be in, because it's just not working for them.
There are no more movie stars. I blame TMZ and its reality show brethren, who have taken all the mystery out of celebrity. In movie-making, like pretty much every other business, the paradigm has changed, and we must respond accordingly.
The most important difference between the movie and technology industries lies in each community's very raison d'etre -- movies are rooted in art and personality and technology is driven by increasing the efficiency of transactions.
If you intern on a show, will you get to help put together a call sheet? Make sure to ask this in the interview. Yes, internships will consist of fetching lunch orders, answering phones and making copies, but a good internship will come with perks that you need to advance your career.
Frequently I'm asked: Do I need to film school to succeed in the film business? Couldn't I use tuition dollars instead to make a really good short? Isn't it really about who you know? The answer: No, yes, and probably.