I love this clip. In the clip, at minute 7:30 the screenwriter describes the moment Spanish Buzz was born. It was a collaborative moment filled with energy, passion and ultimately the knowledge of getting it right.
The screenwriter states almost apologetically, he had the good fortune of having approximately twenty-five writers in the film industry assembled in a room, a lovely retreat in Napa to help him make his script better. “Not fair,” the moderator quipped. (Insert audience laughter here.) He appears astounded at the opportunity, yet the “powers that be” at Pixar believed in something called collaboration to make a movie script better, therefore the assembly of writers. What script? Toy Story 3.
A problem had been identified with the script. The character of Spanish Buzz needed to be developed so he would take on a different form that audiences had not seen before, something original for their animated feature TS3. Many variations, twists, tweaks, etc. were tossed around. The screenwriter listening to his muse fairly whispered “Spanish Buzz” to a fellow writer next to him. The fellow writer heard him and lifted his whisper to a shout, “Spanish Buzz!” Others jumped on it in affirmation. And so, Spanish Buzz was born.
According to the screenwriter, collaboration was key. One player had to identify something had to be tweaked about Spanish Buzz. The screenwriter had to suggest his vision although in a whisper. The person sitting next to him had to hear him and shout to give the whisper a voice. Then the whole room had to endorse the new identity. What started as a whisper unleashed a flood of ideas.
It occurs to me that blogging is collaborative as well. Although we aren’t ensconced in a luxurious Napa retreat, we do have wordpress. We are among a community of global writers. We read, identify a way to connect to our readers. We whisper our thoughts through the keyboard of our computers…click-click-click.* The shout is heard as we push “publish” and then we wait to see if it inspires a thought, more conversation, a quip or a retort…perhaps a flood of ideas.
Like Spanish Buzz forgets his previous life and spontaneously begins speaking another language fluently, we follow our Don Quijote (the post writer) who dreams the impossible dream, leading a bunch of us toys to the safety of our thoughts. We escape until like Spanish Buzz we get hit on the head by a television set (the real world?) that sends us back to reality. We find new friends to play with. hmmm…I was getting a little carried away there. Now where was I? Oh yes, collaboration…and something else.
Of course, all the collaboration in the world cannot replace individual writing skills — the stylized flamenco and castanets. We have to have something to say, the ability to say it, and the honing of our skills.
How fortunate I am to read your posts, readers, and find inspiration in a word, a photograph, one idea. Inspiration from you populates my drafts folder. You think every week of the year and some of you post every day. You have the presence of mind to be present. You share generously. You are patient. You are not provincial. You come from all over the world, yet I can hear the whispers. For that I am so grateful. Gracias.
*click-click-click “Mom, I can hear you through the phone…I have something important to ask you…PLEASE step away from the computer.”