(From March 22nd)
Our speaker this evening was Steve Levitan - an entertainment lawyer that has worked on major projects such as the Goosebumps television series, major motion picture such as Pocahontas and has produced over 675 episodes of television. I found this great quote from him online:
“Fear is a problem in our industry, it stifles creativity. But it’s not the filmmakers’ fear that is most dangerous, it’s the gatekeepers’ fear,” says Levitan. “It is always a miracle from God when you get a green light for a project. It is always a lot of hard work. That hasn’t changed and it isn’t related to the up or down cycles in the industry. These days it’s the financing of a project that borders on insanity.”
This quote is interesting because, although he did not say it during our class, it relates to my opinion on a presentation a couple weeks ago (you can check it out here) relating to Canadian funding.
Pianos, Radios and Televisions
Steve gave us his take on the history of media and the consumption of different kinds of media during the last hundred years. He spent time going over how it started with the piano in each home (middle class and up) and moved to the radio, and the television and so forth. This was interesting for me because I had never stopped and considered what people consumed before the radio. I know that reading was often a group activity but I have not spent much time thinking about the piano. When looked at media consumption from this perspective, one sees that gathering around in the living room as a family and “doing nothing” is not something new. Whether consuming television or listening to someone play piano, families have been engaged in long-standing tradition of gathering around in a passive manner for entertainment.