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  • Where did that confidence come from?

  • You, John and the rest of the group in the troop t to be able to really believe you could pull it off to pitch that I mean, that's a lot of cops.

  • Get a feeling.

  • Yeah, just just get a feeling you think the other guy's pretty good and you think I think we could do something interested and then you get a little bit excited about it.

  • It's really is.

  • It's a simple as that you just get you just get excited.

  • And you see, in those days the BBC was acting out of confidence.

  • And if you're dealing with an organization that acts out of confidence, then you can find out what the decision making process is and you can get a decision.

  • If the organization is running out of fear.

  • You can't really find out who's taking the decision, and you find it's all about committees who get together and and make sure that nobody is out of step because your fear out of step, you could be proved wrong.

  • Or as if everyone in the committee agrees with you, you kind of safe because you all made the mistake together.

  • So you get you get groupthink.

  • You just get a group of people who think they know what they're talking about when they have honestly, no idea It all on they seem to think I often get on commercials has happened on the spec savers commercial.

  • Rated that when you faII first meet you, they all fawn all over you and so wonderful you are.

  • When you finally gets down the decisions about the entity, they know better than you dio and does that type of group think or fear based decision making, kill any creativity or any gems.

  • Yeah, Yeah, because what they want to do is to repeat something.

  • They want to know what they're getting.

  • So they make a film that's, ah, sequel or a prequel.

  • Oh, if they can't do that, then they buy well known book or comic or something like that, and they just they just follow that.

  • You see, the thing is, when you have people operating out of confidence that they can trust their gut and not do everything, I'm sort of ticking boxes.

  • And we were lucky because in the sixties and seventies, when I was working in television, we had people there like Bill Cotton.

  • It was just wonderful.

  • Very wise, very smart.

  • They knew show business they've bean in, It'll their lives on.

  • That was a delight.

  • And you see, in those days, the BBC had confidence because they had the license fee and that meant they were not pushed around by market forces.

  • You won't believe this, Brown.

  • When we were doing Marty Python, we didn't know what the viewing figures were.

  • Hm, because it didn't matter.

  • People just sort of shake their heads and say, we don't know.

  • We didn't know we were interested in a thing called the AI, which is the appreciation index.

  • Which is what?

  • The number of people who thought it was especially good.

  • That was what we were after.

  • We never knew how many people watched us, but then what happened is a man called John Birt took the BBC over on, but I think was a person who did everything with his Left Hemisphere was never judged everything on the basis of his feeling.

  • It was all done with statistics, and they began to get scared that if they didn't put in the audiences that ITV did, they might get their license fee taken away.

  • So once they took that decision, they were under exactly the same commercial pressures that the commercial companies were.

  • So all the advantages of the license fee were thrown away by that one completely half witted decision.

  • And has it been making fear based decisions since?

  • Yes, I think there may well the main fear.

  • They haven't The BBC is losing their job, which is why there's nobody there with any courage, Right?

  • See what I mean?

  • They're all frightened and they wanna work in committees and you can't get a decision out of them, and they're just hopeless.

  • My agent said to me recently is very bright 40 year old.

  • He said he'd rather deal negotiate with anyone rather than the BBC.

  • They're just a bunch of people clinging together trying to hang on to their jobs.

  • And there's none of that excitement.

  • Or let's try this.

  • Let's this on the word quality.

  • We used to talk about quality programs, and I talked to somebody who worked for the murder on, he said.

  • You never heard the phrase.

  • It was only viewing figures.

  • It was never about the quality, intrinsic quality of the program it doesn't exist because you can't measure it, but you can't measure the number of people watching it.

  • So that's when Murdoch started taking over in television on dragging us down down market in various ways.

  • Has that same attitude carried over into the way we make movies in Britain and even in Hollywood, where it's just again trying to minimize risk or their people out there still doing bold things?

  • Well, they're The Indies do a lot of the independence of making very good films, very, very good films, and that's great.

  • But it's a it's a big struggle.

  • I mean, just before I left England to come down here to the West Indies to get some sun and rest, I did a movie in Yorkshire on it was shot in about three weeks on bond.

  • Everyone seemed to be from the Yorkshire air except from the for the cast, and there was a sense of community about it, which was absolutely lovely on that that can't be replaced.

  • That feeding everybody was from the same part of England.

  • I love that almost everyone, except for the director of one cameraman on when I did the bond movies, I only ever did to incident.

  • And I did four days on bond movies over four years, so it never really pulled my life off balance.

  • But when I was doing the bond movies, it was lovely.

  • Down there at the Pinewood Studios, there were people whose grandfathers had worked on Dr No and the atmosphere was great.

  • But now, of course, they made in Prague because it's cheaper.

  • So everything is about money and everything is about people who are primarily interested money and who are very much more frightened of losing it than sort of making it by doing something a bit special.

  • And that comes out on the screen, right?

  • You might not know it consciously, but subconsciously, you know, it's just not the same as if those other factors were in place.

  • That's right.

  • There's a lot of stuff that goes on in our unconscious levels that we really don't know about on.

  • I think I get onto my own private hobby horses, a lot of conventions of filming that everyone accepts because they're all in the books about some photography.

  • Andi, I think they're wrong because I think they're sending the wrong unconscious messages to audiences, but that's a huge topic.

Where did that confidence come from?

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THE BBC & FEAR: Why There Is A Lot Of Fear In The Decisions Made By The BBC - John Cleese

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