This quote from Calvin Coolidge is so applicable for those folks looking to get into the television or motion picture industry. I hope you find it useful…
“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Just a quick update on how our very first class went at the Los Angeles County Detention Center. It could not have gone better! PRAISE GOD! GOD IS GOOD!! Our “Students” seemed to be either all Christians or at least moving in that direction. We had lively conversations on television production, but also on the importance of having a strong walk as they pursue this industry. They are an excited and exciting group of men. They took a lot of notes and had great questions. The other thing that was really humbling was how appreciative they were that we were there.
It made me laugh as it’s never happened to me before. One of the students asked to go back two slides on my power point demo. I was sure he’d missed a note about television production, he didn’t. He missed the Bible verse that was quoted.
We are so excited to see what God does with this ministry. We can see it’s going to be quite a ride, We’re just so happy He is letting us be part of it.
Having spent over 30 years in the television industry (See “about the Founder” at Hollywoodimpactstudios.com ), I’m often asked questions ranging from career advise to, where television is going, why shows are good or bad, etc. This column will discuss these issues and more. Not that I’m Mr. TV, but I have had a lot of different experiences; from writer, producer, studio executive to production assistant. I hope you find this informative.
Today’s question comes from Mike a junior in high school. He asks if it’s necessary to go to College to get into the television industry. The simple answer is “no” but… I strongly suggest people interested in going into the entertainment industry go to college. First off, it’s good for your own life experience. But also, I think it helps you sort out what you want to do. At UCLA, for instance, they required that their film students take classes in all different disciplines. There are a lot of terrific film schools out there. One other piece of advise is to think about going to a junior college and getting an AA in general education. It’s a good jumping off place. If for some reason you don’t make it in the business you at least have a college degree that’s not tied to the motion pictures/television industry.
I’m also asked which of the shows 20th Century Fox Television produces are my favorite. To be honest, I don’t have a favorite. But I am a big fan of our series, “24”. Here’s a little behind the scenes material. I hope you find it interesting.
I came across the story and love how it applies to Hollywood Impact Studios… You may have read this in the past, but it’s worth re-visiting. It relates to all of us…
The Starfish Story
(Original Story by: Loren Eisley)
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, What are you doing?
The youth replied, Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I dont throw them back, theyll die.
Son, the man said, dont you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You cant make a difference!
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said
I made a difference for that one.
“This story reminds us that each of us has been gifted with the ability to make a difference in the world. When we can become aware of that gift, we gain strength through our visions and develop the power to shape the future. We must each find our starfish. And if we throw our stars wisely and well, the world will be blessed.
It is my desire to use the gifts, talents, and opportunities that the Lord has given me to “make a difference for that one” – whoever it may be. It is not for me to decide who, but to simply obey the direction of my Lord Jesus Christ.
It has taken me many years to realize that God really does use broken vessels like myself. I did not have the courage or faith to believe that God truly had a plan for me that involved serving others. I have always claimed Jeremiah 29:11 as my “favorite scripture”, but it is only now being fully realized and understood in my spirit.
But God REALLY does have a plan for me (and you) that gives me hope and a future, a plan for good – a plan to make a difference for others. A mission to reach out to others, as the boy along the beach, and gently help them back into the ocean of God’s love, mercy and grace.” – by: Loren Eisley
Last week I met with several producers and director’s of photography to examine and compare the “look” of several different digital “motion capture” cameras and compare them with the look of 35mm film. We looked at the Arri D-21, The Sony F-35 and Panavision Genesis Camera among others. Fox is always trying to stay at the forefront of new technology.
I love my job at Fox. It’s been a great, supportive place to work. And I’m not just saying that. It’s true!
“24” is one of our shows, below is a behind the scenes clip I hope you find interesting.