Of all the advice I’ve been given, there is only one I find easy to follow:
Surround yourself with people smarter than you are.
It’s inevitable really; I know some damn smart people, and besides, the way I see it, my knowledge is pretty limited so everyone is smarter than me in some area. And I’m always keen to raid their specific type of knowledge and pilfer their smarts.
But recently, I’ve had the chance to learn from some amazing and talented people.
This came about when I was presented with the wonderful opportunity to work with Caroline Magerl to promote her forthcoming children’s book Hasel and Rose. With an array of talents in fine art, satirical cartooning, print-making, illustration, and writing–not to mention dream analysis, story telling, facebooking, and cake baking–Caroline’s an ideal person to steal some wisdom from.
I sat with Caroline in her studio over many days and heard her story, and from that wrote this article about art, hope, and the journey to publish her book, Hasel and Rose.
Together we tossed around a few ideas for marketing the book and when there came mention of a book trailer, I knew the guys with the type of smarts required.
Tim Bray is a freelance director, script writer, camera man, and absurdist. He took the reigns and, along with cinematographer Jordan Glew, production assistant Amelia Zimmerman, a very early morning, and a little stuffed rabbit, brought Caroline’s storyboard to life.
James Enchelmaier is a recording engineer, producer, musician, and all around awesome sound guy. With the trailer in draft form, it was over to him to make the music. He joined forces with up-and-coming composer Andrew Wrangell, to write score that captures the nostalgia, mischief, and optimism of Caroline’s picture book. And so, one humid February day we all gathered in Eudlo hall, with a bunch of amazing musicians whose talents had been begged, borrowed, and stolen for the day– bassist Ken Gibbs, drummer Brett Newmann, Clarinetist Janet Brewer, and Andrew on the keys– so that James could work his sound guy magic.
There was a lot of editing and what not after that–lots of me smiling and nodding at the technical film-making and audio jargon. My understanding is that it involves a specific type of magic only released through repeated play back and detailed analysis.
Then, the end result: I learned a helluva lot from a helluva lotta very smart people. Oh, and, there’s this too:
Huzzuh for hanging out with people smarter than me.