distributed in the U.S and says, “They make all of the money from the videogame. The film
for them is just another advertising tool. Nobody wants to put the money at risk so you end
up with a film that cost 20-million to make and it probably ends up going to DVD.” Click to
view trailer for “Tekken” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411951/).
Alan McElroy’s advice is not to follow the pack and chart a different course:
You have to be tactical. You have to adapt. As the industry changes, you have to
learn how to change with it. A lot of times somebody says, ‘nobody wants to buy
Westerns or don’t write a Western.’ That’s exactly the time to write a Western – when
nobody else is doing it – it’s time to do that. As a writer in general, you have to be
writing for yourself. When you start writing to suit the industry, it’s the tail wagging
the dog. You’re chasing mist and it’s too easy to do. One of the reasons I’m glad I
don’t live in L.A. is that everybody is talking about the latest development deal or
specs for sale.
Alan advises someone starting out to explore public domain because you can remake an
idea (e.g. fairy tale) and make it your own. He must be doing something right because his
film Man and Wife was grabbed in a bidding war by X-Men producer Ralph Winter and
Akiva Goldsman, who wrote A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, is attached to direct.
Bill Cavanaugh (Audio Engineer): Pimp My Mac and Making New Tracks;
Bill Cavanaugh witnessed the centralization of recording industries when they moved to the
large cities, then watched them subdivide, multiplex for revenue, and then virtually collapse.
I asked how he managed to stay viable and working:
Resilience. I keep getting up and going back to it again. It’s an instinct thing of
seeing the change in the industry before the industry sees it – I made the move and
went to market early with my system – but I was one of the first and lonely ones
there. And then when it started to happen (referring to industry collapse) people
said ‘Bill’s been at this for five years.’ That helped. That is why I instinctively
thought I’m gong to show people how to do it because there’s more work out there
than I’m able to do. It validates the market and it’s an easier sale for me. There are
five guys out there doing it. I forced myself into a working model that was different
than an industry that was collapsing and I did it in the 80s – did it with Midi – and
having enough time and experience to say I’ve seen this before. My instinct said
the same thing that happened in the 80s is happening again. . . .The over-the-