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06 January 2013 @ 05:05 pm
"Too much fire gives birth to nothing. Fire can reduce a forest to ashes in a day ..."  

After watching Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind on the big screen last night, I found myself thinking, as I left the theater, that we could do worse than to ask ourselves two questions when working on, well, anything:

Where’s the heart?
Where’s the awesome?

If a story–or any other creative or crafted thing–has both heart and things that are awesome (that make us go, “ooooooh!”), it seems to me that while it still needs other fundamentals of craft, the odds that it’ll resonate go way, way up. And if it lacks these two things, all the craft in the world can’t make up for it.

Nausicaa has both, and for me, at least, this makes for a movie whose wonderfulness shines through–more than shines through–its imperfectness.

Which is a good thing to remember, given how low the odds are that any of us is ever going to create a perfect work.

But we can do this: never stop seeking the heart and the awesome in the imperfect works we do create, instead.

Mirrored from Desert Dispatches: Wordpress Edition.

asakiyume: Nausicaaasakiyume on January 7th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
I couldn't agree with you more, both in terms of your overall statement, and about Nausicaa. It's not a perfect movie, but the heart and the awesome make any flaws either irrelevant or endearing.
Janni Lee Simner: Spirited Awayjanni on January 7th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I actually love it more each time I see it, when really, without those things, I would expect the opposite to be true.