Orson Welles, Internet Star?

Director of Citizen Kane, actor, producer, raconteur Orson Welles is known for his innovations for stage (Julius Caesar), radio ("War of  the Worlds") and film.

However, he detested the film world because it was dog-eat dog...

"We live in a snake pit here [in Hollywood]. . . I hate it but I just don't allow myself to face the fact that I hold it in contempt because it keeps on turning out to be the only place to go."
...and because it is expensive.

"I've wasted the greater part of my life looking for money, and trying to get along . . . trying to make my work from this terribly expensive paint box which is . . . a movie. And I've spent too much energy on things that have nothing to do with a movie. It's about 2% movie making and 98% hustling. It's no way to spend a life."

He he hated the expense of filmmaking, but eventually there was nowhere else to go. Wouldn't it have been great if Orson Welles were around for the proliferation of the internet? Having died in 1985, Welles lived to see the internet, but not the inexpensive version.

Today, the internet is in most houses in the U.S. and on most cell phones. It's inexpensive and there are no committee meetings usurping editorial or creative control, telling you what you can or cannot say.

What wonders could his innovative mind have created if he had carte blanche on Youtube or Blip.TV or Vimeo?

Online media doesn't yet have the respect of traditional media, but, with his expertise, Welles would have tamed the Wild West of internet films.

Would Orson Welles have been an internet star?


  1. I think he would have loved Kickstarter!

    1. :) I had to look that one up. There are so many options these days. Orson Welles would have been able to bypass all the committees and speak directly to the audience.

      Thanks, KC.


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