I heard the kids stirring downstairs early this morning.
Why don’t they sleep in on Saturdays? Jennifer says it’s because they’re my children. Meaning, they have my inescapable wake-up-early-despite-what-time-I-went-to-bed gene. It’s a blessing. And a curse.
After finishing a book on my iPad, I came downstairs to feed the tribe. I found them hunkered around Mommy’s iMac watching Star Wars Episode VI for the trillionth time. That’s when it dawned on me.
I’ve created monsters.
Wookies, to be more precise.
But it’s proof George Lucas created transcendent films. Forging art that’s not only applicable to the present generation but captures the hearts of generations to come is evidence of genius. It’s also pretty amazing to think what kind of special effects kids today are exposed to, yet they never seem to question the plausibility of those late 1970’s – early 1980’s films. (Ironic that the special effects additions from the films’ recent revitalizations in the last decade seem grossly out of place).
Regardless of technology – or the tools of the day – art can become transcendent if the creator is true to the art itself. Staying true to the story, the mission and the values – regardless of what technology or tools are on hand – is essential to building believability and sustainability.
A simple example is the human race.
We’re pretty old technology if you think about it: our first models came out of production about 6,000 years ago. Yet we’re still enamored with each other, enough to love, marry, reproduce and die for one another. But that’s because the Creator stayed true to form. He had any creative means at his disposal – unlimited technology. Yet he chose only to create what the model was asking for as his design emerged.
I once heard a great music producer use that very line. “Don’t add the track you want to the song, add only the tracks the song is asking for.” Thanks Dad. Because if done properly, every song, every piece of art, and every film has a soul of sorts. Just like people do. Figuring out what fits the piece’s soul is the key to making it transcendent – making it stay true to form. To itself. And to its creator.
And ensuring Wookies are born in future generations.