Our project to develop a story with input from 20 really creative and smart people has been challenging. There have been some fantastic ideas for stories. The Tully’s artist lofts, “zombification” in the 21st century, green burial, transformation of the artist, and people with double personae. We’ aren’t doing any of those. Although it sounds like some folks may take off and do some of that on their own anyway.
Every one was a fantastic story line. The problem is getting people to agree about how to tell it. The problem is making sense out of these disparate pieces. Everyone has an opinion. Compounding these problems is the fact that the number of choices is staggering. It isn’t just the story. Decisions have to be made about production, creation, and editing. It might be possible to create a story in a democratic way but we haven’t mastered that.
We have decided on a story. I’ll let that unfold as it will in the coming days on this blog. But the point of this post is to say that what it really took for us to get traction was for someone to point the way. Once the story is decided and the pieces are assigned, the work of creating the story seems to be manageable. I think that collaboration is still essential but for now, I don’t think that voting for consensus to create a story works. It was a worthy exercise and worth doing for the experience but I would not want to try it again. I think there needs to be an architect, a head director, when many people are involved. I am glad that is the direction we ended up going.