Yesterday I had a great talk with my producer at Luna about the difficulties of keeping up quality in a high volume low budget world of pre-school television . I had a moment of doubt about whether it was beneficial for this audience. None of my shows have done ‘gangbusters ” ratings. But what Charley said really made me think.
She said they just had a crew meeting about what they learned on Luna, and most all of them said it was the best experience they have ever had working on a show. They loved me pushing them to a higher level,, pointing out details that could make or break a story or a gag, or a character moment. And oddly enough, thats the same things I heard from the Rocko and Lazlo crew. Many on the Rocko crew still, after 25 years say it was the best job they ever had.
Which led me to think. The process for all of these artists and writers is so important. Of course it is with me, to the point where I barely know when a show is on the air, much less the ratings. Thats not the final goal.. It’s the experience of making it. And yes, I know there are those who enjoy watching the outcome,, and when a crew has so much fun making a show, it can’t help but show up on the screen.
But it made me think that maybe it was all worth while. We all learned so much. And, after all, we are all students here in this life.