Happy Easter everyone! I feel like... I just want to talk today. Because I think there's things I've learned and feel and think that sometimes I just want to say.
Let's start with stories.
What I find great about any form of storytelling is how honest it is. There is no other form of shared knowledge that can teach us how to live our lives better. None.
That being said, we see stories in everything. We look at a tree with a fence grown into it, and think of when the fence must have been built, who may have built it, etc. We see a couple arguing on the street and ponder as to what could have gotten them to this point. We hear a snapping twig in the woods, and plan our escape route from whatever magnificent beast lurks in the brush! As human beings, we LOVE stories. But why?
We love stories because they teach us how to live. Think about any good movie, book, or other story. It should have moved you in some way. Some stories teach us how to deal with the intense hardships in life, some stories teach us how to see achieve great things, and some simply teach us not to take life too seriously. But all stories teach us emotional lessons. Lessons you could never gleam from a textbook.
Now, film is my personal favorite method of storytelling. Why? Because it is uninterrupted, and visual. It's almost more difficult, because you have to think how to make an audience feel a specific thing from what they see
. To explain how difficult this can be, let me give you an example. Let's take a blade of grass. This single blade of grass can mean a million things. It can stand for hope, or it can stand for wear and the fall of civilization back into nature. It can mean a meal, or it can mean a lost meal. It can stand for a newborn baby entering the world, or an elderly woman exiting it. A single blade of grass can stand for a million things, but it's the filmmaker's job to make the audience only see one. A good director strings meaningful images together in such a way that the audience understands, but still has some darker areas to create to themselves. They not only take away the director's vision, but their own personal understanding as well. That is the beauty of film.
Animation is a special beast, in that it can create things we would not otherwise see in our world. In my personal opinion, animation has the power to harness the power of dreams, and it's this power that makes us love it so much. There's something deeply symbolic about the usually unrealistic things in animation that make them so real to us. In a similar way to dreams, animation takes things that we wouldn't normally even consider and puts them into a visual, semi-real form. And much of what we see in animation has incredible potential on a symbolic level (which is what our dreams function on, symbol). There's something incredibly meaningful in a house floating through the sky, an alien finding a place in our world, or a girl getting turned into an old woman during war. These abstracted ideas can be translated into life lessons with more meaning than just witnessing them in a realistic way. In other words, animation has the power to not only execute symbols, but stretch them to otherwise unrealistic proportions to make a point.
Where films fail is where they worry too much, and aren't honest with what they want to accomplish. From worrying about angry parents to worrying about bored kids to worrying about unhappy bosses, films fail because they get so caught up in the superficial sides of things. It's a legitimate fear to fear losing money, since in our world that can make it or break it for you. But the stronger films speak true, they do not ooze phoniness born of worry.
Anyway, let's talk about personal goals.
I don't believe in impossible. Anything you want to do is possible. Even if you're a smartass and say "I want to breed flying gazelles", IT'S PROBABLY POSSIBLE. If you devoted your life to it, why not. That's my mentality on everything. Work hard, achieve. That's what every one of you who want to do something great need to know.You can do it.
But doing nothing will get you nowhere. No matter what it is you want to start, START IT! Think of long-term and shortterm goals, and act.
Shoot for the stars.
I've kinda run out of steam, but I hope you all have a nice Easter.