How Failure Can Impact Your Creativity: a Talk with Ted Hope and Ed Burns
Take a seat, have a beer and listen to indie pioneers filmmaker Ed Burns and producer Ted Hope talking about their career and how failure played its unavoidable part in shaping who they are and how they arrived where they are today.
Burns and Hope met almost twenty years ago, after Burns’ first feature film, The Brothers McMullen, shot in 12 days over 8 months for $25,000 got rejected by every film festivals it was sent to. Ted Hope saw potential in the film, worked with Burns to tighten it and The Brothers McMullen became the two men’s first successful collaboration and one that would greatly impact their career.
Because Burns and Hope have known each other for so long and have professionally grown together, there is a simplicity in the way they share their stories of failures and success that makes it easy to connect with.
Burns talks at length about the always present risk of losing your instinct and creativity by either trying to repeat a formula that has proved successful or trying to avoid another failure and how he deals with the challenge.
Hope insists on the importance of staying connected to what truly matters to “you” all the while reinventing yourself so you can keep moving forward.
Both arguments are strong and worth hearing and hearing again. It might sometimes feel like a success will solve all ‘problems’ when what matters over time is having a body of work we were happy to make and feel strong about.
It is often tricky to find a social and creative balance in this field, and I know many people who are ‘filmmakers’, ‘producers’ or ‘editors’ but hate what they are doing because, even though they wear the ‘title’, there is a clear disconnect between what they do and what they originally wanted to do when they decided to enter the filmmaking business.
“Failure FTW with Ted Hope and Ed Burns” was a talk scheduled during the Vimeo Festival.
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