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Re: FW: Taking control of the documentary situation, an immodest proposal

I have talked with a couple documentary producers at meetings (environmental 
conferences, AGU meets, GSA meeting, and one
SVP meeting) and I can say with some degree of certainty that NONE of the 
producers I talked to would be willing to give up even an iota
of content-control.

Producers call the shots, and if it is their money, I can't see any way for a 
Talking Heads Union to exert any amount of control over the experts' own 
contributions to the documentary.

Still, I think that such a union, or council (or whatever you want to call it) 
is a *very* good idea......in theory.


---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <tholtz@umd.edu>
To: wdm1949@hotmail.com
Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu, vertpaleo@usc.edu
Subject: Re: FW: Taking control of the documentary situation,      an immodest 
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 21:24:41 -0500 (EST)

dale mcinnes wrote:
> I like Paul's proposal. But producers can easily sidestep this. Perhaps
> there is another
> way? Something that would really be a lot of fun. Sticking a knife to
> every producer that
> misrepresents the science of palaeontology. They do it for cars. They do
> it for movies. Get together the real academics for a scathing critique on
> every new dinodoc that goes awry. BE TERRIFYING. BE BRUTAL. You may have
> to piggyback a film critique show. Let
> them know you 're available when a dinodoc surfaces. It adds to their
> show. RIP THE DOCUMENTARY APART ...... if you have to.
> The real problem of course. We don't fully control our field. We don't
> have our own palaeodoc industry. We are not a franchise. We work for
> outsiders ..... Universities,
> gov't ...........
I can say from extremely recent (like, 5 minute ago) experience that there
are production teams who are paying very close attention to this on-going
discussion on the DML and Vertpaleo lists and are concerned!

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu   Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Fax: 301-314-9661

Faculty Director, Earth, Life & Time Program, College Park Scholars
Faculty Director, Science & Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
Fax: 301-314-9843

Mailing Address:        Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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                        University of Maryland
                        College Park, MD 20742 USA

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