sam's notes

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Friday, January 14, 2005

I went to the PRSA meeting last night, where Dale Pollock, dean of the filmmaking school at the N.C. School of the Arts, was the featured speaker.

I'd scanned newspaper profiles of Pollock, but I had no idea he was a journalist before becoming a producer. He started out at a small community newspaper in California before moving on to Daily Variety and the L.A. Times, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer for a story on the Teamsters working the film industry.

Two major points: The film industry, like every other industry, is going to keep moving east, with Eastern Europe being the hotspot and China the ultimate destination.

"China will be the new filmmaking hotspot," Pollock said.

But the Piedmont, with the right marketing, "is prime to be a great location for independent filmmakers who can't afford to fly to Eastern Europe."


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