I had big plans for a moderately amusing post for today but my well-intentioned efforts didn’t hold up well in the harsh light of day. Because I care deeply about the four of you who take the time to read my posts occasionally, I decided to scrap what I had written (sparing us all the pain and awkwardness of my failures) and spent the wee hours of the morning consoling myself by watching a very interesting interview with film-maker Don Hertzfeldt. I have long been a fan of his work and was fortunate to catch his animated short, Wisdom Teeth at Fantastic Fest last fall. I highly recommend visiting his site, bitterfilms.com (where – among other wonderful things – you can see Wisdom Teeth in it’s entirety).
For fun, I thought I would post this Q&A taken from the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 2009 – I really like the way Mr. Hertzfeldt discusses his work, his tenacity is inspiring and what he has to say about working creatively is universal to anyone working in the arts, regardless of their medium. Of course, the downside of watching a young, bright, gifted and successful artist speak is that it might leave you – as it did me – feeling inadequate, talentless, hacky, un-interesting and generally like a failure ( ‘ you forgot ugly, stupid, lazy…’).
It is my sincere hope that you are nothing like me.