Creative: Strengthen Your Spirit
Screenwriting from Iowa is a blog I've been following for the past five years or so. It's an Emmy-award winning work by Scott W. Smith. Even if you are not a screenwriter, Scott writes about subjects that speak to all of us who are endeavoring to polish up our creative works.
Scott wrote a piece today about the screenwriter Werner Herzog whose book, "A Guide for the Perplexed" was recently featured on Maria Popova's interesting website, "Brain Pickings". Here's an excerpt from Scott's blog - a quote by Werner Herzog:
“Perseverance has kept me going over the years. Things rarely happen overnight. Filmmakers should be prepared for many years of hard work. The sheer toil can be healthy and exhilarating. Although for many years I lived hand to mouth — sometimes in semi-poverty — I have lived like a rich man ever since I started making films. Throughout my life I have been able to do what I truly love, which is more valuable than any cash you could throw at me. At a time when friends were establishing themselves by getting university degrees, going into business, building careers and buying houses, I was making films, investing everything back into my work. Money lost, film gained.”
P.S. If you want to see perseverance in action watch Fitzcarraldo (1982) written, directed and co-produced by Herzog. Then follow that viewing with the Les Blank documentary Burden of Dreams on the making of Fitzcarraldo.
Here's a link to the trailer for Fitzcarraldo, the story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle. Perseverance is the theme of the movie, and is the story of Werner Herzog's life as well. Maria Popova gives more of Herzog's story on Brain Pickings.