“And there’s a million things I haven’t done. But just you wait, just you wait.” – Hamilton, “Hamilton,” Disney, 2020
Broadway theaters didn’t close for the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic and have only shut down 13 times due to labor strikes, natural disasters and tragedies like 9/11.
But on April 12 the icons of rich personalized entertainment closed their doors to slow/stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), shutting down great shows like Tina, Hamilton and other plays and shows.
“All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.” – Nikola Tesla, “Tesla,” Passage Pictures, 2020
Sitting at home under semi-house arrest (hey, if it ain’t voluntary, it’s confinement), we took a break from a break and watched a movie on one of our streaming services.
The kids take this stuff for granted – some on the TV, better one on their iPads, Instagram or Qubi or YouTube on their phones. It’s nibbling, not consuming.
For them, it’s second nature.
“Thank you for this journey, no matter how it ends.” – Queen, “Queen & Slim,” BRON Studios, 2019
The M&E industry won’t hit all the glowing numbers that were projected this year ($324+B), even though the streaming industry is running full steam and filmmakers in most of the world are once again busy pitching, developing, or in pre-production/post production on their projects.
“Don't cry in front of the Mexicans.” -- Cliff Booth, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Columbia, 2019
It’s always a kick when a studio shoots a major project in your own backyard (O.K., not literally your backyard); and we’re looking forward to seeing Matrix 4, which was being filmed in San Francisco until the entire industry shut down but when it’s released next year.
“Had you, for example, been only concerned with staying alive, you would have fled from this mountain as fast and far as you could. Instead, you chose to come and climb it.” – Liu Cinix, “The Wandering Earth,” Beijing Dengfeng International Culture Communications Company, 2019
“This is no enemy. It’s almost family.” – Aunty Entity, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” Kennedy Miller Productions, 1985
So, what do you want first? The good news or the bad news?
The good news is the M&E industry has changed – dramatically – almost over night, opening up new opportunities for creative folks, studios, content distributors/aggregators and consumers.
d was full of wonder. It was adventurous. It was exciting. And most of all, there was magic.” – Wilden Lightfoot, “Onward,” Disney, 2020
Staying at home, working from home was fun … until it’s wasn’t.
Face it, you acted/looked like a hibernating bear.
“There’s a lot of destruction and failure at the door of a successful picture. I find joy in sorrow. And sorrow is greater than laughter. You know, an angel is not far from those who are sad, and illness can sometimes heal us.” Vincent Van Gogh, “At Eternity’s Gate,” CBS Films, 2018
Last week we were Zooming (weird how tech names like this have become a part of our conversations) with an indie filmmaker friend when she said, “Just a few months ago, I would come home from a day on the set, open the door and my huskie would streak out and run madly around the yard. Now, if someone opens the door, I want to run out and tear around the yard.”
“Wherever you go, I’ll be standing right behind you.” Adrian Griffin, “The Invisible Man,” Universal, 2020
Ever since our early days working with DVD manufacturers, we’ve always had a begrudging respect for pirates.
They were much more polished than the thief who would figure out a way to sneak into a theater to film the movie on the screen, copy it and then sell or give it away – crude dude, real crude.
Building loyalty for your organization, your products and your goals isn’t easy. When it feels as though the entire world is on hold and you can’t walk down the hall and talk with someone it’s even more difficult.
“There’s a way to lose more slowly.” – Jeff, “Out of the Past,” RKO Radio Pictures, 1947
The other day, we received an email from “Your Old Friend.”
It gave us a link to a “free online downloader” to save your friend’s story from Instagram, or your grandma’s cat video from Facebook
“Life is for the strong. It is earned, not given.” – Tau, “Alpha,” Studio 8, 2018
My kids and wife swear I’m not wired right because I always see something positive when things look bad … really bad.
China’s coronavirus epidemic brought the country to a virtual standstill.