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Sunday, February 26, 2006

The carpenter and the architect

This is related to the previous post about why do it. A question I've been asked is, "If you work at such a great place like Pixar, why would you want to make a short on your own. Aren't you creative there?" The best answer to this question I found long after I was asked the question. I found it in a book of interviews with the director John Sayles. Sayles writes and directs very independent films as well as script docs for Hollywood movies, the money from which helps fund his films. John Sayles says in a few interviews that when he works for other people fixing their screenplays or as a gun for hire, it's like working as a carpenter. But when he is writing and directing his own stuff he's the architect. He likes doing both. I like that. Sometimes you build the house, don't have to worry about anything but doing a good job putting it together and then leave at the end of the day. Other times you want to design that house, try new things, carry all the responsibility and see your dream become a reality.

3 Comments:

Anonymous laura said...

It seems to me that if they have to ask why they won't understand the answer. Your answer was good though...., Laura

2:55 PM  
Blogger WillRyan said...

That's a great analogy for describing the desire to do your own short. Even with what must be an incredibly motivating work environment, there's always that need to develop something that's your own as well. Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress: I can't wait to see some of the animated ruffs!

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Bryan said...

Genius! Thanks.

7:16 PM  

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