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15th Jan '17 6:11:42 PM bombadil211
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* Bill Cunningham (1929-2016) was a fashion photographer who made it his personal mission to be as independent a voice as possible and made a point of seeking out people on the street who showed a strong sense of personal style, no matter how quirky, rather than celebrities following the latest trends. He lived an ascetic life and spent many decades living in a tiny studio (without a kitchen or bathroom) at Carnegie Hall that was filled to the brim with fashion books and boxes of photographs and negatives while sleeping on a board balanced precariously on top of it all. For most of his life he would only work freelance for publications that offered him editorial freedom and would often work for free because his employers would have nothing to hold over his head in the event of a disagreement. He was so firm in his belief that he would never be beholden to anyone that he wouldn't even accept water when he was out photographing events. This philosophy, combined with a sharp eye, meant that he was highly-respected within the fashion community and well-known fashionistas like Anna Wintour lived in fear of his ignoring them on the street because it meant that they were falling out of style. As he got older, however, he compromised somewhat by taking a job with the ''New York Times'' as he realized that he needed health insurance and a pension towards the end of his life.
9th Jan '17 4:58:01 PM rjd1922
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* Creator/HannaBarbera was still able to make beautifully drawn cartoons (thanks to Ed Benedict's brilliant character designs) and colorful backgrounds despite a low budget. Had they not use their budget wisely, they would have made their cartoons ugly like Creator/{{Filmation}} (a studio which had both a low budget and [[OffModel awful animation]].)

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* Creator/HannaBarbera was still able to make beautifully drawn cartoons (thanks to Ed Benedict's brilliant character designs) and colorful backgrounds despite a low budget. Had they not use used their budget wisely, they would have made their cartoons ugly like Creator/{{Filmation}} (a studio which had both a low budget and [[OffModel awful animation]].)
3rd Jan '17 11:09:49 AM TheKaizerreich
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** Yet other studios TakeAThirdOption, by going full CGI but ''making'' it look hand-drawn. It's easy and cheap to entirely use CGI that clearly looks computer-rendered, and often not of good quality, but when Japanese studios do it, there is a strong tendency to mimic the hand-drawn look that makes anime so unique (which is ''not'' easy). An example would be the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Manga/ArpeggioOfBlueSteel'', which is entirely done with CGI, but apart from the unusual fluidity of movements looks as hand-drawn as other works, just a little cleaner.
3rd Jan '17 11:02:09 AM TheKaizerreich
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** The start-up of the old Windows 95 computer in alternate-world Nagato's class room during the ''Disappearance'' movie as well. They could have simply made it a generic affair, but it was done accurately from start to finish, correct opening sound, GUI and all included.
28th Dec '16 7:58:08 PM Emperor_Oshron
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*** Tiny and, honestly, unnecessary details abound in Ghibli films, but--as this trope implies--it makes the whole world of each production seem all the more real as a result. For example, a brief moment in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' Kamaji the boiler man collect ingredients from some of the many drawers and one of the pieces he has in his hand falls as he finds the right drawer. There was no reason for this detail to be included other than that it's something that could and ''would'' realistically happen if you're holding more than can fit in your hand.
25th Dec '16 10:20:24 AM ADrago
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* Creator/ShoutFactory, a DVD publishing company that has secured the rights to an astonishing number of films and television shows which many assumed were LostForever or would never be released due to rights issues. This is a company that has gained a reputation for being very flexible with production companies and always being gracious to their fans (most notably, taking requests for what shows and/or films people want released on their official forums, and actively attempting to secure the distribution rights). The most notable case occurred with ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''--after the DVD boxsets were discontinued by Rhino many years before, fans assumed it was time to go back to [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes tape circulating]], only to find out that Shout had secured the rights to the whole series and would be releasing them all in vanilla and collector's edition sets. Among other shows, they've saved ''Series/{{SCTV}}'', ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', ''[[Series/ParkerLewisCantLose Parker Lewis Can't Lose]]'', many of the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series, many classic animated series from the 80's and 90's, and scores of cult television shows from the last 30 years. They genuinely love their jobs, and work as hardcore fans who just happen to have a DVD publishing company.

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* Creator/ShoutFactory, a DVD publishing company that has secured the rights to an astonishing number of films and television shows which many assumed were LostForever lost or would never be released due to rights issues. This is a company that has gained a reputation for being very flexible with production companies and always being gracious to their fans (most notably, taking requests for what shows and/or films people want released on their official forums, and actively attempting to secure the distribution rights). The most notable case occurred with ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''--after the DVD boxsets were discontinued by Rhino many years before, fans assumed it was time to go back to [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes tape circulating]], only to find out that Shout had secured the rights to the whole series and would be releasing them all in vanilla and collector's edition sets. Among other shows, they've saved ''Series/{{SCTV}}'', ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', ''[[Series/ParkerLewisCantLose Parker Lewis Can't Lose]]'', many of the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series, many classic animated series from the 80's and 90's, and scores of cult television shows from the last 30 years. They genuinely love their jobs, and work as hardcore fans who just happen to have a DVD publishing company.
14th Dec '16 11:50:29 AM MrLavisherMoot
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** Remember Music/TheWhiteStripes' video for "Fell in Love With a Girl"? Michel Gondry actually filmed the band members, then converted the footage to pixels all before using stop-motion lego to create the thing.

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** Remember Music/TheWhiteStripes' video for "Fell in Love With with a Girl"? Michel Gondry actually filmed the band members, then converted the footage to pixels all before using stop-motion lego LEGO to create the thing.
10th Dec '16 5:26:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Who could forget Phineas' rant at the record producer?

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Who could forget Phineas' rant at the record producer?
25th Oct '16 1:25:51 PM SimiOfDoom
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*While ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' is profitable to the publisher ''nowadays'', it took quite a while to get there. It took even longer for Creator/StevenErikson to even find a publisher who was willing to take the entire series as planned, because it was such a massive undertaking and he wasn't willing to compromise. Erikson is citing his frustration with the publishing system's aversion to risk taking in the preface of ''Literature/GardensOfTheMoon''.
--> Ambition is not a dirty word. Piss on compromise. Go for the throat. Write with balls, write with eggs. Sure, it's a harder journey but take it from me, it's well worth it.
13th Oct '16 7:31:21 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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But sometimes, there are shows which transcend the profit motive. It's not necessarily the case that they're good shows, but someone obviously cared a ''lot'' about it and put their absolute all in. There are details which, frankly, make no sense for the [[StrictlyFormula genre formula]]. Why bother having [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague a superhero show that has accurate Nazi war equipment]]? Why write a book set in a fantasy universe with accurate descriptions of Medieval fashion? Why include hours of speech in [[{{Conlang}} made-up languages]]? Why devote hours of expensive CGI work [[Film/TheSocialNetwork to making the twin brothers in a corporate drama look identical]]? Why, when you know simply from the brand name alone a product is going to make massive moolah, bother working at all, why not just [[TheyJustDidntCare phone it in and take a long nap?]]

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But sometimes, there are shows which transcend the profit motive. It's not necessarily the case that they're good shows, but someone obviously cared a ''lot'' about it and put their absolute all in. There are details which, frankly, make no sense for the [[StrictlyFormula genre formula]]. Why bother having [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague a superhero show that has accurate Nazi war equipment]]? Why write a book set in a fantasy universe with accurate descriptions of Medieval fashion? Why include hours of speech in [[{{Conlang}} made-up languages]]? Why devote hours of expensive CGI work [[Film/TheSocialNetwork to making the twin brothers in a corporate drama look identical]]? Why, when you know simply from the brand name alone a product is going to make massive moolah, bother working at all, why not just [[TheyJustDidntCare phone it in and take a long nap?]]
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Compare and contrast with AwesomeDearBoy, MoneyDearBoy, and SoMyKidsCanWatch. Contrast with PanderingToTheBase, PropagandaPiece, and TheyJustDidntCare. See also DevelopersForesight, EasterEgg, TheProducerThinksOfEverything, and ShownTheirWork.

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Compare and contrast with AwesomeDearBoy, MoneyDearBoy, and SoMyKidsCanWatch. Contrast with PanderingToTheBase, PropagandaPiece, and TheyJustDidntCare.CreatorsApathy. See also DevelopersForesight, EasterEgg, TheProducerThinksOfEverything, and ShownTheirWork.
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