Richard Feynman plays a central role in my film “The Challenger” and part of Feynman’s philosophy is what’s called a philosophy of ignorance. A philosophy of ignorance is something the scientist knows very well and is something he is comfortable with since scientists are always testing new ideas. This idea is a central theme in my Sundance script and Scientific America wrote a piece on it today. Check it out. Following this philosophy also helps when getting input on your creative work. It helps create a barrier between the work and the person. Admitting you don’t know or that you were wrong only creates opportunity for better creativity.
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I am a helpless romantic and most of my films have been romantic comedies or love stories. This fact has always confused people especially if they know of my Aerospace Engineering background. The truth is that I have always steered clear of science based films because I was afraid my films would suck balls because they overemphasized the science.
But then “The Challenger” has gotten a good response despite my fears. Now don’t get me wrong there are still major hurdles for me to overcome with trying to boil the science into something that’s brief, actionable, non expositional, connected to emotion and palatable. But now instead of being fearful I accept this as a challenge that my engineering background (not to mention the helpless romanticism) makes me uniquely qualified for. On with scifi.
I am happy to announce that my script “The Challenger” has made it into the final round of two Sundance Institute programs. The first is the Screenwriters Lab and the second is the Sloan Commissioning grant. I have my fingers on both hands crossed and am both scared and excited. I have no idea what my chances are but I have tried to calculate it to no avail. I have started on another script to distract myself until they announce the winners sometime in December. I’ll keep you posted!