Here's to Eliot Rausch:
The world of filmmaking is so over-saturated right now and there are so many conversations about formula and “going viral” and taking your brand to the next level. I think there’s this big movement to really become a well-known brand. That is the exact thing that kills the spirit of an artist. I would say: Stop studying formulas; stop studying what has been done before you; stop studying the mechanisms and devices that have carried other people in other seasons to the next level. Go out and do life; fall on your face; fail; absorb everything; let it hurt you and bleed through you; and then talk about it. Also, figure out who you are before you start telling stories. All of that is not the five-point model to success. - Eliot Rausch, The Great Discontent
I don't entirely remember my first experience with Eliot's work. Many of you may be familiar with the success of his early works, Last Minutes with Oden. The short film was done 7 years ago, and of course his work has only grown. What I'm most drawn to about Eliot is his desire to first be a human, then a filmmaker.
Over time I've grown a similar belief that our creations (film, writing, cooking, raising children, accounting, etc.) is a reflection of the lives we've lived. And that a life fully lived will create experiences, learnings, and perspective that shape the things we create. This has been the biggest learning for me the past few years with a shift from focusing on how I can be a better human and appreciate all the moments, instead of chasing down success.
What does it mean to be a human? I feel like Eliot is pursuing this question through his work. His ability to create work that connects with people, on a fundamentally human level, is impeccable.
So thank you Eliot for putting so much love into the craft and inspiring me to be a better human.