As much as I'm excited for the LDS Church and local school's interest
in the film industry, Utah is not getting as much film business as we need to
really grow. We may need more business involvement.There are a lot
of people who want work in this field and sadly it's still true that you
have to move to L.A. or N.Y. to get anywhere that can bring home the bread.I can compose, record, and produce a quality score for a film but I
certainly won't get paid in Utah. Even finding work with students is
difficult because their professor teaches them that temp tracks and stock music
is the easy way to get good music. I am trying to maintain optimism for Utah but
if we want to build an industry here or send more of Utah to the world of
Hollywood, we need at lot more than a good animation program and Granite
Flats.So far it's still true that one must "move to
L.A." to make money. We need to attract the residence of more directors and
production companies, not just rich actors.
The head of the BYU program once asked a Hollywood exec what he should do so
they would hire BYU grads. He was told, "keep teaching them religion."
He was shocked and asked why. She replied, "we have a lot of sleezeballs
here. Your graduates bring something special to our business." When you live the standards, the world will notice and appreciate it. Keep up
the good work!
To anyone in this program, thanks for representing the Gospel so well. My
daughter dreams of getting into the program and has worked hard in school and
art to be able to get into both BYU and the animation program. Their works are
inspiring a whole new generation of LDS kids!