I share Cal Pryluck's fantasy about the American film industry
paying for its own R&D. The record of the Hollywood industry
supporting film and television production training, i.e. the
training of film makers...(dare one say "artists"?) is somewhat
less encouraging than its record of supporting medical research.
With the notable exceptions of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg,
who were most generous to USC, and some others, I'd guess that
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has received infinitely more support.
But the U.S. is hardly alone. The British film and TV industries
have been very slow to support film and television training, except
when nudged hard by government. FEMIS, the successor to IDHEC in
France is wholly government-supported. They do it as an attribute
of cultural policy. What does one do in a nation without a cultural
policy? On the other hand, what would a national cultural policy
look like in the U.S.? Given the obvious problems, maybe things
as they exist are about as good as they're going to get.