It all used to be so simple. Designers working on a show would go to the shop they'd always gone to, work with the same people they'd always worked with, get the same service they'd always gotten, and everyone would be happy. The next project would come around, and the cycle would begin again. The industry was small, the equipment was low-tech, and the projects rarely had the word "mega" attached to them. Mom-and-pop shops for a mom-and-pop industry.
Things began to change in the last