Last week, I got an email from Tom Bancroft telling me that Barry Cook would be lecturing that night at a local Art/Film School.
I had to reschedule a couple of things, but I cleared my evening and joined my old Disney pals for a drive up to Nashville to listen to him pontificate to the young ardent film students there.
Barry, as you may or may not know directed Mulan (along with Tony Bancroft). It was a fun listen to Barry tell stories of his youth and anecdotes from working on Mulan, Trail Mix-Up and Off His Rockers. But Barry wasn't all about reminiscing, he was also full of good advice for the up and coming generation. And believe it or not even after 25 years in the animation game, I got some good advice from him, too. One of the kids asked what he would say to young filmmakers to help them get a film made. He said, "Don't ask permission."
Truer words were never spoken. I didn't ask anyone to make my short film, I just did it. Now I find myself asking people if I can make another, bigger project. I think I just need to push through and make it happen. Yes, it's hard (and expensive), but people respond to initiative. I just need to get started.