Perhaps I'm idealistic but I do think that many of the "great old
companies" had a certain level of vision, and standards, that defy
bean-counterism and profiteering. To some extent this was inherent in
their mission simply because new ground was being broken; it was not yet
even *possible* to cut corners! In addition, the standards of quality
(for engineering, execution, etc.) were those of people who had learned
the best available ways to do things and to apply their skills
creatively--it simply was not part of their ethos to be driven
essentially by profit.
Peter Amsden wrote:
>>From: Jim Wheeler <[log in to unmask]>
>>Reply-To: Association of Moving Image Archivists <[log in to unmask]>
>>It is sad when the great old companies like Kodak, Ampex, Disney, etc, are
>>guided by profit and not vision. When Ampex was an engineer-driven company,
>>some of the products flopped but some made it bigtime. It was always a
>>A company run by MBAs does not want to gamble.
> I'm not sure that most of these 'great old companies' were ever driven by
> vision. Unless it was the vision of profit. Though I have a soft spot for
> I well remember a conversation with a producer from Paramount. "We make
> great and wonderful films because the public pay to see them. If they
> started to prefer trash, then we would make trash".
> It seems to me that "how much can we make from this?" has been a major
> driving force in America and the UK. I have know folk who worked in the
> continental film industry (France, etc) where things were a little
> different. They did look upon their creations as an art form, if no one
> wanted to look it didn't really matter. A far cry from the days when unions
> in the UK insisted that it took a crew of ten to shoot a docu. street scene.
> Peter Amsden
> ASAT Productions
> Argyll, Scotland