News from the home front includes the Governor deciding to completely eliminate the Hawaii State Film Office at the end of the month! It's absurdity rivals the city building its billion dollar monorail that doesn't go anywhere. With tourism listed as our major "industry" in a year of cutbacks everywhere, it is expected the State is looking to save money. Our already poor public education system (with the highest percentage of students attending private schools in the nation) is furloughing teachers, programs being cut, and others being planned. Eliminating a proven money making department that has made getting permits easier and solving problems before they arise is unfortunate. The State also all but eliminated the film tax credit which was directly responsible for the work I had in 2008 in a double blow to the industry. While the film / TV industry isn't tied directly to the economy in general, investment in the business is. Given the lack of government support of the industry here, the plantation mentality of the legislature, the bad economy and the false belief that all the good workers are on "LOST", there does not appear there will be any work until mid 2010. Currently there is another Lifetime film going on but the Jerry Bruckheimer pilot has been postponed again. I'm not sure there could be any more nails in this coffin right now. I guess if professional mourners were paid, I might consider continuing to wait for the phone to ring. The reality is that I have had some success in other areas and I'm continuing to pursue work in them for now.
I hope that within a week or so I will have most of my past work online. Until I can get rickromer.com up and running, I think doing flickr albums of my photos is a good start. Working in a field where photos are the only evidence of my work sometimes makes it more difficult to convince others how good I am! Present tense, of course.
So I'm not sure if this really counts as a posting or just a rant? If neither works for you, I did enjoy a bowl of granola, a mug of coffee and a glass of carrot juice. Mmmmm, yummy!