Steven Soderbergh Says Art Of Cinema Is Under Attack From The Studios, Decries Profit Driven Decision Making -
“Having described what cinema means to him, he went on to explain the troubles that it currently faces, saying, “The problem is that cinema, as I define it and as something that inspired me, is under assault by the studios and, from what I can tell, with the full support of the audience. The reasons for this, in my opinion, are more economic than philosophical, but when you add an ample amount of fear and lack of vision and a lack of leadership you’ve got a trajectory that is pretty difficult to reverse.” While he described the war on cinema, he also admitted that it is an attack of indifference, not intention, explaining, “The idea of cinema as I’m defining it is not on the radar of the studios, it’s not a conversation that anybody’s having, it’s not a word you’d ever want to use in a meeting.”
Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt, they can’t afford the time to think. Tuition fee increases are a “disciplinary technique,” and, by the time students graduate, they are not only loaded with debt, but have also internalized the “disciplinarian culture.” This makes them efficient components of the consumer economy. — Noam Chomsky
Good things happen to those who wait, or….
The thing I always say to any writer that I’m working with is: Just make sure that in any argument, EVERYONE is right. I want every single person arguing a righteous side of the argument. That makes interesting drama.
~ David Fincher on writing each character as their own protagonist (via Maggie Lange @ Indiewire)
Constraints breed creativity.
Try saying ‘no’ to having one more, and ‘yes’ to doing one more. H/T the formidable Ryan Holiday
Once you can articulate a problem you’re more than half way to solving it.
For you, the seed of your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections are your guides – valuable, reliable, objective – to matters you need to develop further or reconsider. It is precisely this interaction between the ideal and the real that locks your art into the real world, and gives meaning to both. — David Bayles, Art and Fear
The right time never arrives.