When you make independent movies, people admire you for being ghetto.
Me: "Yeah, my movie only cost 100 bucks. I paid the actors in powerbars, and I processed the film in my bathtub to save money."
Movie Exec: "You rule. Here, take these bags of money."
TV people don't think like this.
TV exec: "Your show looks a little funny."
Me: "Well, it's just a rough cut. It hasn't been color timed or had anything fancy done."
TV exec "Why not?"
Me: "Well, I'm trying to keep my production costs down. I processed the film in my bathtub to save money."
TV Exec: "What the fuck is wrong with you?"
We have a meeting tomorrow with some other big TV producer guy, and our expensive cut looks good, but I'm not sure how to handle this attitude. I'm really used to being able to brag about how little money I spent.