It’s amusingly ironic that the legendary Federico Fellini – a director who never held back on extravagance – is the author of the following statement:
“I don’t believe in total freedom for the artist. Left on his own, free to do anything he likes, the artist ends up doing nothing at all. If there’s one thing that’s dangerous for an artist, it’s precisely this question of total freedom.”
I’m in the early stages of prepping a pilot right now, and man…does this ring true to me. For the past few weeks, every department head has had an unlimited, pie-in-the-sky, no-holds-barred attitude about what they want to contribute, and rightfully so. In the beginning, you should be thinking big on every project. But there inevitably comes a point during which the clock, economics and logistics converge to determine what all of us can actually achieve together.
And only then – as individuals operating with less freedom than we started with – will true creativity begin to express itself.
I can’t wait to start shooting to see what everyone comes up with!