Tuesday, November 10, 2015
True Inspirations - Part 1: Walt Disney
Aside from literary inspirations like Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, Douglas Adams, etc. my main inspirations tend to be from the world of cinema. I was a film major. Sue me.
My most obvious inspiration would probably Tim Burton, which can be clearly seen in The Death of Death, and I'm currently in the middle of writing a young adult novel that is inspired by the great Hayao Miyazaki. But my absolute main inspiration from childhood, being a great fan of his animated films and theme parks, would have to be Walt Disney.
There is something about his life story that was so appealing to me. Not that I was exactly a young boy from Kansas. Quite the contrary, I'm some dude from Los Angeles. But he came from relatively humble beginnings to build one of, if not the biggest, entertainment conglomerates in the world. But that's not all that I find admirable as I have no personal aspirations to do the same. No, it was his vision that did it for me. His story telling ability. His world building talent. And that's the thing I'm going for. To build a whole world from the ground up––literally in the form of Disneyland and subsequent Disney parks––is something that I hope I'm doing with my stories. It's something that I'm striving for and a goal I hope I'm hitting. Who knows? One day you'll see a version of my Death, or Cran the robot in the form of puffed cartoony theme park characters taking pictures with frightened children. One can dream.
Who are your inspirations?