Thursday, May 10, 2007

A Question For You

Though my postings here may have petered off a little bit, it doesn't mean that I'm not thinking about depth and simplicity in general, and this documentary project in specific, every day.

I have a few magnetic postcards that Mister Rogers gave me for my 31st birthday on my refrigerator. Every morning when I'm grabbing half and half for my coffee, I look Mister Rogers in the eyes and he smiles and says, "You Are Special!"

But that's just the beginning. Nothing I do in or out of the office fails to pass through the lens that Mister Rogers helped me to shape.

Right now, I still owe Chris a new musical bed and voice over for the second iteration of our trailer. We want to show it to FCI's Bill Isler to further demonstrate our capabilities, and give him a sense of where the film is going. I have to constantly reinforce to people that we're not trying to make a biopic, we're trying to show that affects of meeting the man, and being inspired by him.

To that end, and with specific inspiration from depth and simplicty-free media conference I attended this week, I've been asking people where they think the good work is being done these days. I asked my buddy James -- a Hollywood agent with the rare distinction of understanding deep and simple -- thusly:
    In the era of the blockbuster, the longtail, and internet democracy, who do you think is doing good, substantive, meaningful work? What people? What companies? What studios, labels, or networks? Where's the justice and righteousness coming from? I just know it's not here [at MTV]. And I wanna be at -- or start up -- a place that can be both good business, and good for the world.

So... you tell me. Who's doing the good stuff? Individuals? Organizations?

Please leave your answer in comments.