I saw Toy Story 3 about a month ago and it was friggin AMAZING! The thing that stood out to me was the imagination of the little girl Bonnie. I forgot that I used to play with my toys exactly like that (minus the tea party). I was the only child so I had a crap load of toys (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Batman (even the 1960’s batmobile), Beetlejuice, and Power Rangers) I used to lock myself in my room and play with my toys for HOURS. I was very VERY serious about it haha! Like Larry David, I had my own set these ridiculous rules. Like not mixing toys together. So unfortunately, Peter Venkman has never met Batman during playtime. I would make up these EPIC ass storylines, play with one eye open and one eye shut while getting cinematic angles….all the time. All the stories were improvised and on the go action. When I played with my batman toys, I would sing the full songs of the Danny Elfman score note for note. I remember one day I was playing with my Batman toys and I was so dedicated to the storyline that I melted my robin toy in the microwave because Batman didn’t save him in time. I was weird, I know, i mean I’M WEARING A BEETLEJUICE MASK ON CHRISTMAS FOR CRYING OUT LOUD hahaha!!!
Anywho, I say all that because I realized that I may have had the worlds greatest foreshadow haha! As a filmmaker I feel like I’m doing the most of same things only that I’m older, and I have bigger more expensive toys (read the bold sentences above). I no longer have to act out every character anymore (I can collaborate with actors now). I no longer have to play with one eye open anymore (I can use a camera AND record it). I don’t need to sing the score anymore, (collaborate with a composer).
When we were young that’s when our imagination and creativity was at its freshest, rawest, craziest form. My creativity comes from my childhood. Everytime I go out and take pictures I’m always chasing a curiosity. The end product is the physical form of my curiosity…..a picture.
I may not play with toys anymore but I do make films now! As an adult I can still make up epic ass storylines, still have fun, and make adult decisions with this beautiful childlike creativity……….(like not melting Robin in the microwave haha). I’m not alone anymore because there are great people who are dedicated and willing to share their own creativity to accomplish the common goal: To make a good ass film.