“Fast, Cheap, Good”
There’s a saying that in film you can choose two of the following three things: fast, cheap, and good, but you can’t have all three. That is, if it’s fast and cheap, it won’t be good, if it’s cheap and good, it won’t be fast, and if it’s good and fast, it won’t be cheap. In my experience, this has held up pretty well.
Now, perhaps it’s because of my newfound belief that anything is possible, but an idea for a film project came to me in the night that I thought might just be able to break this curse. But upon further reflection, it became clear that it wouldn’t be fast. Then upon further further reflection, it occurred to me that nothing in film is fast. An eternity can pass between the idea and the first viewing of even the fastest of the fast tracked projects.
So, if fast is hereby eliminated, and you’re allowed to have cheap and good, and there are several examples of this in film, then…
The real question, I think, is whether the final product is any good.
I would love to hear some responses on this fast – cheap – good idea, so please write me or post a comment.