Don Hertzfeld- ” Ah,l’amour” 1995
I was going through some old books of mine while preparing for my new class, and came across an interview with one of my favorite indie filmmakers Don Hertzfeld where he was asked if he had any advice for new animators/ filmmakers trying to “break into” the business. I found a quote that I feel speaks not only to them, but to writers, painters and anyone embarking on creative endeavors.
Since my first film that I “broke in” on was felt pen on typing paper with an old Bolex 16mm camera, the truth of this quote especially caught my eye. But also, because he discusses taking risk, which I am always hyping about. Only he says it better than I could.
“The first mistake is in the trying. I can always tell when a film was produced by somebody “trying to break in,” because it turns out desperate and bland. Artists should never concern themselves with anything other than their art in the moment, not where they hope it ends up. Otherwise, they stop taking risks, and risks are usually the most interesting bits in the piece, even when they fail. Buy into the concept that there’s no such thing as “bad” creative choice, just ones that you can recognize as being half-assed on a personal level. All you need is access to an animation camera and some paper. If you end up with something special and share it a little, the “business” will break into you. Believe me.”