Marc Davis is one of Walt’s Nine Old Men, who worked many of
the early films designing characters that included animals from Bambi and
Maleficent. When Marc Davis came over to WED, he brought his sense of humor
with him. He added humorous scenes to the Jungle Cruise and was one of the main
designers of the Pirates of the Caribbean.
When he was brought on to the Haunted Mansion project, he
had to struggle with Claude Coats and his design preferences. The two men were equals
in the office. Coats wanted a scary Mansion; Davis wanted something funnier. A
compromise of sorts was reached, and Coats’ influence can be seen at the
beginning of the attraction with Davis’ scenes becoming stronger in the end.
“I think that’s the whole thing with creativity is if there’s
something new out there, why not give it a try?” said Marc Davis (Disney Family
Album). Use Marc Davis as your motivation and give something new a try.
Sources: “The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic” by Jason Surrell.
“Disney Family Album #17 – Marc Davis” at https://youtu.be/pVf6DdqkpjU
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If you want to be more creative, you have to be open. You
have to open yourself up to new experiences, new ideas and remain open minded.
People are naturally closed. They want to confirm their beliefs and be comfortable,
which is counter to creativity. Creativity challenges. Creativity is
uncomfortable. Creativity is scary because it leads to change, and no one can
really predict where the innovation will take people.
Open to New Experiences
New experiences are the basis of new ideas. Having the same
experiences day and day out only leads you to becoming an expert in whatever
your experiencing or becoming extremely dull depending on the experience. At
some point, you need to step out of your everyday activities and work on
something different. It can be as simple as putting together a puzzle or as complicated
as taking a zip line in a foreign country where safety rules might be more like
suggestions. Even something small like changing the route you take to work is
good for your brain.
Open to New Ideas
If you continue to cart around the same ideas day after day, your mind will become stale like a cart full of bread. Your thought processes will mold, and you’ll be faced with the prospect of not being able to feed your mind. New ideas are worth entertaining, they’re worth looking at, and they’re worth evaluating. You may have to discard ideas that don’t work. You may have to discard ideas that you can’t accomplish. You may have to discard ideas because you’re not ready for them, but where you need to discard them to is a journal. Capture all of your ideas by writing them down, and then have new ones.
New experiences and new ideas won’t matter, however, if you
go in having already made your judgement about them. You have to have an open
mind to the experience and to the idea in order for it to be able to grow. If
you shut it down to soon, it’ll shrivel up, dry out and leave no lasting mark
on you. That’s not good for creativity. Open yourself up to the experience, to
the new idea and let your creative self flourish.
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