I wanted to share a short talk I stumbled upon at ww.ted.com. It’s with writer Elizabeth Gilbert, and it touches on the madness we can all be touched by in any creative endeavour. Here’s what TED said about it… Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses – and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
For me this resonated very deeply. When talking about Gone Fishing, I have often felt a little awkward at admitting that the first draft kind of vomited out of me in one session. Sure I did some redrafts, but that first draft contained all the elements and reminded structurally intact in the final draft and edit. Also, I did NOT know the end of the story until I wrote it. That to my mind is very odd, but does serve to illustrate the whole ‘genius’ idea that Elizabeth discusses.
Of course this short seminar is particularly resonant right now as we approach the Oscars on Sunday. One can’t help but wonder ‘What if…’ But that way lies madness. Instead I have chosen to celebrate the event by running the second hold of the Gone Fishing seminar at Ealing studios and meet the Oscars head on. Strangely, this also mirrors the heros journey, and element I will be discussing on the seminar too.
Onwards and upwards!
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author