February 16, 2008
Hollywood Outdoes Itself
Just thought I'd post a quick movie review. It's a movie about a children's book-making team... the movie is 'Dedication'.
Just the facts ma'am:
The advance offered to the illustrator: $200,000.00 with a $5,000 bonus for meeting the deadline.
The advance offered to the author: $100,000.00
The book: A stupid story about a horribly behaved miscreant beaver named Bucky or something.
The deadline: The book is due in 3 weeks... but the author hasn't had any ideas yet.
The work: None to speak of. Even with a looming deadline of 3 weeks all this creative team could manage was to lollygag around in cafes, waiting for inspiration to strike. I never actually saw a single illustration being created, though in one scene I did see the writer finally get out a pen & paper.
The inspiration: Failing to come up with any good ideas about a misbehaved beaver in Manhattan, the creative team has to retire to the idyllic shores & waterfront mansion in the Hamptons to find inspiration. They couldn't seem to find any there either.
Total time working on the book out of the entire movie: About 8 seconds. The rest of the movie was all spent working on the so-called romance, though I fail to see what redeeming features the author guy had.
I thought Hollywood had painted our profession badly enough with 'The Door in the Floor'. But they've really outdone themselves with this one! The trailer was much better than the movie.
p.s. I do wish real life was like this movie and we did get paid like that.