Taika Waititi, one of the creative collaborators behind The Mandalorian, talks to The Talks about what it means to be a creative within the film and television industries.
Mr. Waititi, did you have a big imagination as a kid?
I definitely did! I had many friends but I did often spend a lot of time in my own head, by myself, using my imagination to kind of… Maybe sometimes to cope, but also just to entertain myself. In New Zealand, in the small towns where I grew up in, you can get pretty bored so you’re spending a lot of time just imagining things and trying to entertain yourself. I think that’s probably where a lot of our comedy comes from in New Zealand — it’s observational, we’re looking at things from the outside. But I feel like kids today aren’t encouraged to be bored as much as they should be. Kids say, “Oh, I’m bored,” and people freak out and try and stimulate them with other things.
Or they’ve all got constant entertainment from their iPads.
Exactly, now they’ve all got iPads and it’s done for them! I think it’s really important for a kid to be left alone and left to figure it out for themselves how to pass the time. As a kid, I spent so much time bored and coming up with ideas of how to do things, so I’d write stories or I’d draw pictures or invent worlds through drawing or just in my head, just thinking about things. I think that a lot of my creativity has really come from being bored.
Well, sometimes you’ll be in the edit and you might think of an abrupt way of cutting a scene, or a piece of music, or something that is just a discovery. I don’t like to plan very much. I feel like I have some sort of a plan to fall back on, but I usually try and go into it very open minded.
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