Monday, May 13, 2013
Oil Paint And Lighter Fluid
Walt Disney is the only true genius I know of that has worked in Hollywood. Like most geniuses, not many paid any attention to his advice, probably because it sounded so trite. It was also at odds with his image. Disney's a square telling the freaks to be different, not look different. They don't want to hear any of that. That sounds like showing up on time and dressing like a bank teller and producing worthwhile work on a regular basis.
The term genius has been debased over time. Lots of brilliant people have worked in the entertainment industry, of course. Being brilliant isn't the same as being a genius. The term has been dumbed down even further by the Intertunnel, where anyone that gets anyone else to pay attention to them by any means is called a genius.
So, what's a genius? Napoleon said it was de fixer les objets longtemps sans etre fatigue. The ability to concentrate on objectives for long periods of time without tiring. That'll do. Walt paid attention to his objective fifty years in advance. His only advice: be yourself, only works if yourself is notable. That's why creatives shun it, and greenlight Batman XVI instead.