Warning: This strays a bit off topic - please skip if you are so inclined.
No offense taken at all, Don. For the record, our program included study of budget considerations at every level. As students progressed, budgets received greater emphasis. Intro courses stressed basic production technique and vocabulary to a far greater degree, as was only appropriate. I was simply trying to clarify what to me seemed a generalization on your part - the "perfection and excellence at any cost" part. I've heard you make similar comments before and I don't know where they're coming from. To me, working within a budget, and on a deadline, is a concept so fundamental to production that students (at least in our program) seemed to understand it with the greatest of ease. In even the most basic intro course, they heard things like: these four projects are due in mid-September, October, November and December, and here's how you can use your lab fee to pay for production costs, both individually and for your group projects.
Deadlines and budget (student project or "real world") imply you make the most of what you have in terms of resources and time. You may want a particular shot, but if there's no time or budget for it, it's not possible. It's very simple. Most students had no zero trouble "getting" that. Of course, we've all run into chowder heads who seem to "get" nothing.
Maybe you were unfortunate enough to get more than your fair share of them.
As for me personally, when I have all the time in the world to do what I want (as I do right now), I don't worry how long it takes to get my shots. I'm not answering to anyone but myself. There are probably a lot more people in that boat here on AVS than production pros who depend on their TD10s for a living.
Again, I'm not taking offense. I just wanted to clarify.