Thursday, October 8, 2009

Are the right people in control?

I mentioned this in a comment over at John K's blog and thought it worth a mention here too.

I've been reading David B. Levy's book, 'Animation Development'. All about, well, animation development. There's a chapter on the executive side of things. All about the gatekeepers of the industry. Those who decide what makes it to pilot stage and what makes it to air.

And, in it, Linda Simensky says this - "Most do not have backgrounds in animation but have a genuine interest in storytelling or humour or other creative areas."

Is a' genuine interest' enough?


Red Pill Junkie said...

Why not? I have a genuine interest in Physics, so the good people at CERN left me in charge with the Large Hadron Collider!
I wonder what this pretty button does when I p—................

ncross said...


Mr. Trombley said...

Dear Sir,

I suppose you must not be familiar with Feynman's "What Do You Care What Other People Think?", which mostly concerns his work on the Rogers Commission. It describes a NASA not to far removed from Red Pill Junkie's description of CERN.

Definitely get the book version, not the Rogers Report, since Feynman didn't realize until after he wrote his parts that he was being prodded into finding things because he was a famous non-conformist with a diamond reputation. The wonder of hindsight!

susan said...

Don't know about your end on animation, but find it fascinating. There is a new Stop Motion show on Nickelodeon here that was dreamed up by Michael Eisner. It's pretty lame, but hey- it was the idea of Michael Eisner! (grin).

The "Peter Principle" applies no matter what industry you are in.

Happy weekend. The "Airplane" quote had me in stitches. The white line is for......