'Hollywood goes to Mormon country': BYU animation program featured in The New York Times

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  • Sean Jackson Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    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.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 23, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    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!

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    May 23, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    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!