This week my emotions ran parallel to many of the experiences discussed in the episode that debuts on most PBS stations and will continue to air on all stations the next few weeks.
The experiences were not the same, but analogous to the many felt by my guest and his key subject.
My guest is the brilliant and charming actor Matthew Modine and our discussion revolved around his excellent App titled: Full Metal Jacket Diary App.CLICK HERE to purchase on iTunes.
The key subject is the great director, Stanley Kubrick and the grueling and exhausting process of making art.
Matthew and my conversation ran the gamut but one key element stuck with me all this week. Even though I was moving things forward on a project but felt frustration over the process.
When you watch the episode you will see and hear how Matthew, the cast, the crew and Stanley himself were besieged with frustrating obstacles during the making of Full Metal Jacket. As Matthew writes:
The shoot really gets painful on a number of fronts… time waiting, retake upon retake, the weather-shot in England cold, damp fog but dressed for the jungles of Vietnam… The making of the film actually feels like war even though you realize that’s an over statement. There’s a sense of loss, hopelessness.
My experience while not the same made me feel stuck in a quagmire. However just 15 minutes before the end of the work week I made a breakthrough.
Now, in my case, the result did not climax in a great work of art, but it certainly proved what Stanley Kubrick said to Matthew on the set of Full Metal Jacket:
You know, there are no bad ideas. Only better ones. The rule is we don’t judge, we just keep moving forward until we find the right answer.
Follow the great director’s advice and just when you feel you are at your wits end, keep moving forward until you find the right answer, it may be hard to see but it is always there.
BY THE WAY…
The App was based on Matthew’s original Full Metal Jacket Diary and developed by Adam Rackoff.
Adam and Matthew are now turning the App into an audio book and have a kickstarter campaign to get it off the ground. You can take part in the creation by clicking the link below.
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