John Lasseter on Risk

“At Pixar we’re almost more excited about the things that didn’t work because it’s like: well, we tried this but we didn’t expect this. It’s like a trapeze artist, who’s going to do a quintuple somersault – it’s never been done before in the world. Hollywood is a place where, typically, if something doesn’t work you lose your job. In Hollywood terms, not only is there no net but there’s poison spikes down there. Of course you’re only going to do something you know you can land. Whereas at Pixar we don’t just have a net, we have down comforters and air bags, and you have everybody trying stuff constantly. That’s one of the things we’ve changed here.”

— John Lasseter, talking to The Guardian


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