Atom Egoyan Plenary....
requisit story of going to the lib as a kid...
talked about ego...thinks people should be interested in him
early feeling about getting others involved in / excited about your personal plan / work (as a son of immigrant parents...learning English...getting your point across)
reading speech from notes...not doing the Toast page slide!
Need to communicate a vision of what's possible
“dream collaborators”...get some!!! Well, I do have some...need to cultivate / recognize / nurture
everyone “performs” ...all the world's a stage...hence we like to watch drama (and read...) ...tell us about life by showing us how we might act
we like drama when it shows us something about ourselves!
We need to find a way to present ourselves by performing oursleves...hmmm
you need to find others to be in your performance
key to collaboration: defining roles of “leadership” and “followers” (who are confident in the leader)...divions of labour: strategic, operational and tactical (similar to the three ideas George and Joan talked about: vision/technique/outcome...) interesting...
people need to understand their role and those of others
movies started as moving theatre...then developed their own intrinsic artistry
movies were easy to share / ship (compared to a play going on tour) -- “industiralization”
movie studios dominated / movies became vanilla...no independent spirit
1960s indpendnet...1970s National Film Board...more individual style and motifs
recognized need for collaboration when he started to make his first films...wanted to create his own style / look and needed help
got early grants from Canada Council / Arts Council etc
had to write screenplays to inspire people to work with him (for little or no money)
wants his films to explore the complexity of the human condition
“I am human...nothing human is strange to me” (look up refernce!)
a movie all begins with the script
best screenplays collect random characters, and bring them together in a satisfying dramatic whole...purpose = to learn something about ourselves...b/c humans are curious / connected etc.