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Where is all of our money?

It is true – the rich are getting rich and the poor are falling into greater poverty. This, however, is no fault of the government. Guess who is to blame.

Us.

That’s right, you and me. After all, who goes to see expensive concerts? Who continues to pay overpriced movie tickets? Who pays an arm and a leg for season tickets to athletic events? It’s not the government, it’s the consumers.

There is also a terrible misconception in this country that it’s always the government’s responsibility to fix our problems. I challenge that thinking – keep in mind the government is responsible for most of our problems. This topic however will be reserved for a future rant.

In a small survey I did with some close friends, here’s how our money usage is spent.

  • A little less than a third spent in taxes
  • A little more than a third spent in bills including shelter
  • A little less than a third spent in “entertainment” and food.

Ok, so let’s take a closer look at the “entertainment” section. For most Americans that means
movies, compact disks of some kind (DVD/CD), concerts, comedians, restaurants, etc.

If I go and see a mainstream artist in concert (depending on my income and the quality of the seat I paid for) I just gave this already ridiculously rich person MORE of my hard earned cash. In my specific example, a good seat at a mainstream concert probably cost me %10-%15 of my disposable income (the money left over after bills/taxes/etc). Sure, I might like the artist, but do I REALLY need to give them that much of my money?

The answer is no. Anyone who complains that we don’t tax the rich enough but goes supports these rich people with their personal funds are hypocrites. How ridiculous is it to say “Ok, I’ll give you my hard earned money” and then come tax season say “Hey, give that back to us!”

Music is a classic example – see my previous blog by clicking here.  I talk about MIDI files and how mainstream musicians do not deserve our love or money.  Music is an industry where one attractive person has a good to wonderful singing voice… that’s it.  They have entire staffs of people to write their lyrics, write their songs, and technology to make these processes flawless.  The technology utilized in concerts is dishonest and contrived.  The end result is this: Consumers think they are supporting an artist.  The fact is that every dollar spent in that artist’s name is a waste.  The artist (who is already rich) didn’t do nearly the amount of work that you did for that money.  Remember how hard you worked for that $75 concert ticket?  Say the concert had 3,000 attendees.  That artist just raised $225000 and did little to no work whatsoever.  Come on folks – our money is worth more than that.  I’d rather not have to remind people about impoverished people in our country and other parts of the world; I’ll save that for another post.

The bottom line here is this:  If you feel like athletes are overpaid and more money should be spent on cancer research, then don’t go to sporting events and donate more money for cancer research.  If you think the money in the pockets of the Hollywood types would be better spent in the pockets of those in poverty, don’t go to Hollywood films.

I understand as well as anyone else the value of entertainment.  We’ve all been brainwashed into thinking we can only get entertainment from big companies.  THAT IS COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS.  You like sports?  How about PLAYING them with your family or friends?  You like movies?  Hit up the independent movie theater or local film festival.  Remember Memento? Pans Labyrinth? These were at one point film festival movies that were so successful they were mass produced.  Independent films are great – do not believe the stereotype fed to you by the big studios leading you to believe that anything that does not come from them is crap.  Remember Speed Racer?  Pearl Harbor?  Superman Returns?  Valentine?  These were studio pictures and they were TERRIBLE!  How about music – do you really need to go to a concert and hear music (that is probably pre-recorded) when you already have the Mp3 files and/or the radio?  How about the local coffee shop that features talented folks in your community – don’t they need your support more than the mega-artists?  The answer is obviously YES!  Again, it is propaganda that only the big guns are talented.  At least the local kid who is getting NO CORPORATE HELP probably wrote his or her own songs for goodness sake.  We should definitely be supporting them and I’m telling you the music is just as good.  I’ve been to local coffee shops and small venues and I know it can be just as good.

In conclusion, think about this.  If you think the rich in America are too rich, you’ve got to stop supporting them.  WE are the reason they are getting richer and richer.  No matter poor we get – even if we can barley support ourselves, we STILL give these ultra rich people MORE of our money.  We’ve got to wake up.

The only thing more terrifying than being exposed to 5,000 ads a day (which we are) is realizing that IT IS WORKING.

Just think about it.

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-dm

Top Ten Date Movies?

I was listening to Hugh Hewitt’s 1/25/08 podcast and he had a guest on that was talking about the movies. One of the topics was “Top Ten Movie Rentals for early dates (1-3).” I’m going to provide the list, and some other lists that may be more… accurate.

*side note*
The guest said this in reference to 22 to 30 year olds in Hewitt’s Audience:

“Do you actually think there’s somebody in that demographic that listens?”

The answer is yes! I’m 24 and I’m sure there are more of us – give us some credit, eh?

Top Ten Date Rentals (approximately 3rd date)
(according to Hugh Hewitt’s show on 1/25/08)

10) Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) – bad idea
9) When Harry Met Sally (1989) – good idea
8 )Far from Heaven (2002)
7) Notting Hill (1999) – my skin crawls just thinking I may one day have to watch this movie again.
6) The Philadelphia Story (1940)
5) the African Queen (1951) – what? the African Queen as a date movie? Not in this dating generation.
4) Some Like it Hot (1939) – alright, I could see that.
3) It Happened One Night (1934) – I could see that too I guess.
2) Casablanca (1942) – cliche… don’t do it.
1) the Notebook (2004) – I have not seen it but know what it’s about… I don’t know about that for a date early on.

March of the Penguins (2005), Mad Hot Ballroom (2005), Last of the Mohicans (1992), – Pride and Prejudice (the six hour one) were also mentioned by listeners. I could see Last of the Mochicans and I’ve never seen Mad Hot Ballroom, but the other two are terrible ideas.

What would my top pick be? The choice is clear: Princess Bride (1987). Charming, funny, and romantic.

Happy Valentines Day folks,

-dm

Other top 10 date movie Lists:
About.com
Askmen.com

The Future of the Film Industry

So I’ve had these wacky theories about where the Film and Television industry is going, and I was talking with a friend about this topic and he had some of the same wacky theories.  That made me realize that I should put my predictions in writing; in fact, I should have done this 4 years ago.

1) TV and the Internet will become one thing.  The better the compression, and the faster the connection speed, soon in place of going to ABC’s (for example) TV channel, you’ll just go to their website.  Software like Windows Media Center and others are already conditioning people to watch TV and Movies on their computer.  It’s possible to connect your computer to your TV and watch sitting on your couch just like normal.  This isn’t really a new thing; ever since DVD’s came out people have been warming up to the idea of watching Movies on the computer.

2) Movies will go the way of Theatre.   The film industry makes less money every, but films cost more to make every year.  Directors, writers, actors, everyone wants to make more and more and more, but again, the profit seems to be shrinking.  I think that the Internet is what is stealing the audience, and I think it’s the future.  As a result, movies will turn into special occasions – much like the Theatre has.  Frankly, I’ve noticed myself going to less and less movies every year, and when I do it’s more about the experience of “going to the movies” than it is about the film itself.

3) Independent filmmakers will rise.  We are in an age of FREE international distribution (the Internet) and the cost of filmmaking for independents coming down significantly.  Affordable software and new equipment like the “Red” are making it more possible for folks with not much money to tell incredible stories.

4) Lots of people… perhaps everyone will have a TV show (on their website).  Not long ago some folks predicted that everyone would have their own personal webpages and many people laughed at that – wondering what the point would be.  But here you are reading one of my web pages – my blog.  Not to mention myspace, facebook, youtube – the list goes on and on.  This is very near, I think.  Look at myspace TV.

5) Hollywood will “go big.”  With the rise of independent films with solid characters, unique ideas, and good stories, Hollywood will retaliate with the biggest budget stuff they can muster.  Expensive copyrights (more remakes), enormous special effects, and expensive celebrities.  Celebrities include directors, actors… really anyone Hollywood has conditioned us to want to spend money to see.

6) One of two things will happen to the independents.  They will be bought up by Hollywood, and seduced to transform into a “Hollywood Celebrity” like I mentioned a while ago.  The other possibility, is that the independents could succeed.

Anyway, I’m sure these ideas are not that new anymore.  I’ve been spouting this propaganda for about 4 years now and I wanted to finally get it in writing.

-dm

…an interactive webisode.

I just finished a trailer for a new project I’m working on and I’d love feedback from cyberspace.

Remember those “choose your own adventure” books you read when you were a kid? I thought it would be fun to do a “choose your fate” movie. It’s not edited yet, but we have filmed “pilot episode” and the trailer is available at http://www.davidmay.tv. I’m also including it below:

Please don’t hesitate to give me some feedback. I’ll be sure to post a new blog when the final product is finished.

-dm