Short Documentary Wonderland Asks: How to Find Creative Balance When You Do Commercial Work?
Short Documentary Wonderland that tackles an important subject for any creative mind trying to pay their bills: how to stay creative, to keep your authenticity, to find that space that makes you feel you are doing the job you love, all the while working within the constrains of the commerce industry?
Here is how and why Terry Rayment and Hunter Richards, the two filmmakers behind this project under Eskimo‘s banner, decided to tell this story:
“In Spring 2013 we set out for a month to make a short educational piece providing a glimpse of what it is like to work in the creative industry. The idea was born out of our own questions and struggles on how to deal with things that may seem out of your control.
The themes we decided to focus on were those of creativity, relationships, the pursuit of financial profit, and the many directions you can intentionally or unintentionally find yourself taking. We hope the short provides direction in helping others pursue their own creative and personal goals by hearing first hand experiences.”
Rayment and Richards went on interviewing several creatives (directors, illustrator, creative directors, music composer) who have been successful in both the commercial and creative worlds. All of them have experienced frustration and creative blockage when working on ‘the-job-that-pays-the-bills’, and talk about how they see their work and their art, and how they find the right balance to keep on going being happy about doing what they do.
Wonderland is a short piece and, although it would be wonderful to watch a longer and deeper treatment of the question, the 15 minute long documentary does open the door to a conversation and healthy questioning. The quote I put from Eliot Rausch at the beginning of the article is, to me, the spine of the debate. (You might remember Eliot Rausch’s 5 minute video based on Charlie Kauffman’s Manifesto.) but almost every creative interviewed is being very honest and raw about how they feel and the struggle it can sometimes be to stay in touch with spontaneous creativity and your voice in a corporate world.
How do you feel about the creativity vs commercial work fight? Do/did you struggle? How did you find balance?
Thanks to G. Schuirle
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