I saw James Cameron in person today... NOW, before any misleading hype begins to ensue, a little back story. I work on commission in a small post-production house that mainly handles ADR within Manhattan Beach Studios (A sister studio to Raleigh Studios). James Cameron's company Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. has bought a building and a studio where they plan to film the next Avatar film. I am in no way connected to their studio or company; I basically work in a separate office right below theirs. I was going to the café next door, and, just by random coincidence, there he was; talking it up with his crew. About what exactly, I have no idea. I. Was. Excited. At first. That soon turned to subtle anxiety and finally towards an accepting depression. All because I so desperately wanted to talk to him and tell him about a script I wrote. But I didn't. Because what most likely would have happened is Cameron scowling at me, shooing me away, seeing me as nothing more than a pathetic amateur who thinks he's all hot-stuff. And he'd be right..............to a certain degree... Basically this kind of ties into that blog written by Josh Olsen, "I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script "(https://www.stage32.com/blog/I-Will-Not-Read-Your-Fucking-Script). I mean chances of just bumping into Cameron, J.J. Abrams, Spielberg, or Olsen for that matter, are slim to none, even if you're working in the same lot as them, because they are so damn private. And I don't mean that in a disrespectful way. With Cameron, he's got his own shit going on; the next Avatar movie, getting through a plethora of scripts his agents and colleagues send him, managing a business, not to mention being a dad (I hear he sometimes brings his kids onto the lot). So it boils down to two questions: Did I want to show him my script because I want him to be the one to produce/direct it? Or did I want vindication that I was decent writer? And the answer, I came to for both was "No" and "Why should his opinion be a deciding factor?" And this is where an interesting discussion comes up. James Cameron, as well as a lot of the big name directors/producers currently in Hollywood are part of the old system of movie making in an age where the internet has completely revolutionized entertainment as we know it. Because of iTunes' online download purchases, as well as illegal/pirated downloads, the growth of youtube, blip, and other online media-sharing sites, and Original Shows being produced by Netflix and Hulu, what are we striving for? What should we be striving for? Everyone here wants to be a flim-maker in some form or another. Everyone here has a calling to create or contribute to something that's new or nostalgic and something that will entertain audiences and, hopefully, get enough notoriety. I guess the big questions are "Is the Film Industry Dead/Dying?" and are we at that point where the big names no longer matter and we've entered the age of crowd-funding projects, diverging away from the Hollywood system into a more populace-governed way of film-making?