Just as the storm clouds broke, the ship went down…Part 3
Wow…where does one find their inspiration now? What drive and direction does one need to do in order to be true to yourself, but be smart in a professional situation? If ya missed yesterday’s post in this series, just click here.
Comradery. None of us like to be alone, we find ourselves connecting with others on our level – and in this case it was one of growth. In this case, it was a situation where you can learn from those around you, those you care about and respect. They are the best teacher, don’t you agree?
By day duties for the job were done; by night it was time for creative focus, experimenting with new ideas. And who more satisfying than the studio fellow co-workers and peers to share and learn? Alex Ross was an amazing inspiration, and I recall a few close buddies really into his work – before long tributes of art were made under his influence. This one here is Matt, friend and coworker – morphed into the Joker from DC Comics Batman….another friend Jeff helped with the photo shoot to capture some dramatic light for reference. I’m sure you can relate – it was a time of fun, growth and for the moment, sheer contentment was found in my situation. All one needed to be concerned with was to grow creatively, and keep your eyes open for what may come ahead!
No sooner the light broke, a shock wave went through the studio that left a deafening sting. Rumors that the studio would be closing directly after Titan’s debut spread like wildfire. Some saw it coming, others it caught by surprise, as myself. Why? Word circling around was that because 20th Century Fox wasn’t sure about “how” to make this film, it originally started in compete 3D from another studio. 30 Million dollars later, the project got passed to the Phoenix studio to finish…..so much work could not be used….because now the film was a combination of 2D and 3D technology…
And so the continued efforts to complete it by opening date with the only means possible increased budget costs to another 60 Million….before any marketing budget was involved. The realty: because the project had been turned into a money pit, Fox wasn’t willing to open the film properly with the marketing needed….closing the studio was their answer – we became the sinking Titanic. The irony here – the fellow responsible for the success of Titanic – was also our Marketing Director; such faith, huh? It’s true as they say in showbiz: “You’re only as good as your last film.”
And so just as the storm clouds broke, the sinking ship went down….
Tune in tomorrow to see how my dream did not go down with the ship….
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