Thursday, June 4, 2020

Some Things Sometimes Make Sense

Ron Hobbs is one of Toronto's finest storyboard artists; he's also funny, especially when he riffs about things observational.

When we get together there is an almost free-form discussion about films. Ron and I will often trade war stories about our own film and television careers, and I told him one such tale where I applied for a job as an art director on a science fiction film called Proteus....

Two people in the film's production office interviewed me, then I was handed a script to read. As is common in the business, the script was numbered and I was to read and return it promptly. Somewhat buoyantly I departed to absorb the film's blueprint.

"What the?...." I read more pages.

"This sounds awfully close to Solaris." It was a page-turner, due to the fact that I was reading an almost exact copy, a transcription, of the Tarkovsky feature film (based on a novel by Stanislaw Lem).

Time to return the more ways than one. As I handed the script back to the gentleman who had interviewed me, I said: "This is almost an exact copy of Solaris." His face did not frown, just neutralized.

Ron made a good point as he laughed out: "That's probably why you didn't get the job!"


The above first appeared as "That's Why!" on April 3, 2018.

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