Candor could not be more crucial to our creative process. Why? Because early on, all of our movies suck…Pixar ﬁlms are not good at ﬁrst, and our job is to make them so—to go, as I say, “from suck to not-suck.”
Think about how easy it would be for a movie about talking toys to feel derivative, sappy, or overtly merchandise driven. Think about how off-putting a movie about rats preparing food could be, or how risky it must’ve seemed to start WALL-E with 39 dialogue-free minutes. We dare to attempt these stories, but we don’t get them right on the ﬁrst pass. This is as it should be. Creativity has to start somewhere, and we are true believers in the power of bracing, candid feedback and the iterative process—reworking, reworking, and reworking again, until a ﬂawed story ﬁnds its through line or a hollow character ﬁnds its soul.
Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of ever getting it right. No matter how diamond-bright your ideas are dancing in your brain, on paper they are earthbound.
- William Goldman, ‘Adventures in the Screen Trade’ (via lifeascaty)
Words of wisdom from Amy Poehler
Too many young women I think are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.
- Hilary Clinton, on taking criticism. (via ayabug)
The job of a first scene is to make you watch, and to keep you watching. […] If the first scene grabs you, it shouldn’t do so by lying or creating a false premise. Any old script could start with an explosion, but the explosion has to be integral.
- screenwriter Russell T Davies (Doctor Who)
If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas.
- Linus Pauling (via chadbourn)
She hated the namelessness of women in stories, as if they lived and died so that men could have metaphysical insights.
- Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding (via jennytaetae)
Neither parents nor schools are very effective at teaching the young to find pleasure in the right things. Adults, themselves often deluded by infatuation with fatuous models, conspire in the deception. They make serious tasks seem dull and hard, and frivolous ones exciting and easy. Schools generally fail to teach how exciting, how mesmerizingly beautiful science or mathematics can be; they teach the routine of literature or history rather than the adventure.
- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (via eclecticinc)
Ann Patchett at the New York Public Library, 12/10/13
"Stick with it. Just consume culture, know a little bit about what you’re part of, but hold on, hold really true to who you are and what you’ve got to offer, because that’s the first thing when you walk into a room that’s how you appear to the world. You can transform and shape-shift, you can do all that stuff and that part’s fun, but you have to know who you are, you have to have a solid base for anything you can then prove who you can become." — Benedict Cumberbatch, advice to a young actor at Sherlock: Meet The Filmmaker event.