Monday, March 9, 2015

Modern Go-Getter Monday ~ Steven Spielberg, The Dreamer Who Will Never Wake

  I'm late. I've been working hard at work, and as I'm sure most anybody knows, sleep is that much sweeter when you're bone-tired. And there's satisfaction in knowing you worked your butt off. (Especially if there's also the benefit of that being literal :D ).  I'm so excited to be in full swing at my new job, working in the garden department. Spent the day trying to water everything. Almost got there, with the back lot. I'm also excited that I just got a second job! Whoohoo! That'll make it that much easier to reach my goals. I'm so incredibly grateful for this and I THANK GOD for it!!

  But on to my Modern Go-Getter for today! I missed last week. Things have just been crazy, and I missed the day. I've written quite a bit about reading The Complete Making of Indiana Jones. In reading it, I was also able to realized how many other movies, and various genres that Speilberg has done. I also got a glimpse what it must be like working with him--what I read always points to how creative and flexible he is, how fun he is to work with. How he respects everyone's job, considers the opinion of others' seriously. He has fast made my list of favorite directors. (Others being Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, and M. Night Shyamalan, to name some).

steven spielberg directing

"When I was a kid, there was no collaboration;
it's you with a camera bossing your friends around. 
But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself."
~Steven Spielberg

 The thing I love most is that he seems to have always done things with a sense of the possibilities, having this creative, can-do optimism. I've read that during a tour to Universal Studios young Spielberg jumped off the bus and wandered around the back lot, and found an old janitor's closet which he turned into a space for himself to work on his own projects. In making his short film Amblin, and winning awards for it, he got noticed. Reading how his career started (pretty much as a kid with a Super 8 camera and some friends to boss around, and then as a endeavoring college drop-out) and seeing how events led to him becoming one of the most famous directors around the world, is just so inspiring.

  Spielberg represents a certain tireless, progressive creativity to me. He sees stories in their different aspects. He looks at a story from one point, sees the layers--then steps away and sees it from another point, and sees sub-layers there. He puts together a team, understanding the needed power that is now behind the project. And whatever he is working on, you can bet he is also brainstorming something else as well, juggling ideas, ideas that are always running through his head.

  I can relate to that--any writing buddy of mine could tell you of all the ideas I'm always sharing about different books that I could write, despite the fact that I might be working on two novels, a short story, and an article at the same moment. Creativity never truly leaves you dangling. Even if the flow of one idea stops, another is ready to pop up just around the corner.

  That's a fascinating thing about Spielberg. You know that he'll likely never stop, because the ideas will never stop coming. I find that truly inspiring.

"You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams that we can't even imagine dreaming. You have done more for the collective unconscious of this planet than you will ever know."
~Steven Spielberg



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