May 3, 2009
What If Film Crews Ran The World?
When I started in film and saw how film crews could make anything happen as if by magic, I thought that if there were ever a world crisis, sending a bunch of PA's and a couple of good producers would solve it.
Then a few years ago, I nodded with agreement when I read about the Tsunami in Sri Lanka and Nate Berkus running into a producer. He said in the article: "In that situation where everything and anything's unfamiliar and Annie and I started talking, I learned that she had been a television producer for the BBC," Nate says. "And if there's one thing that makes me feel comfortable, it's a television producer. And I thought, 'Okay, this is somebody who's gonna be organized, have it together, be able to coordinate everything that needs to be coordinated, and we just looked at each other and I think at that moment, there was just kind of a trust there between us."
Of course these days we are in a number of world crises: (in no particular order) Medical, Environmental, Political, Ideological, Financial, and so forthal. (just keeping with the pattern for a moment) If ever we needed to deploy a bunch of really good PA's and some amazing crew it's now. Get some good grips and electrics to work with creating a better use of energy, get some UPM's to go after the economy, get some greenspeople to go after the environment, get some producers to make all the countries work together, send catering to help with the hungry, get some set medics to help with the health crisis....um, well, actually I've only seen set medics hand out band-aids, but I'm sure they have more talent than that. And well, I'm not sure what department would help with religion, but we're a creative bunch we could come up with something.
So, I guess I hope that if film crews really ran the world they would do greater things than help a bride with her wedding.