CREATING EXPERIENCES

FOR YOUR KIDS... AND YOUR INNER KID

 

My decade-long tenure at Nickelodeon has focused on simple goal: to extend the sense of wonder and curiosity in children for as long as possible. Today's technology allows kids to become their favorite character and participate in the story. In addition to creating pure delight, this experience also helps children develop Theory of Mind, that critical ability to understand that other people have different thoughts and feelings than we do. It awakens the urge to explore and learn.

As grownups (and especially as parents), with burdens and worries of reality, it is literally rejuvenating to retreat into an escapist world full of adventure and exhilaration. The wonderful genres of action and science-fiction can do this so well, and I view my role as a motion picture creator as one that inspires and brings out the inner child in all of us. 

In my line of work, success is a function of how well teams from a multitude of disciplines work together and independently towards a common vision. Be it a film production, a video game, or a software application, the recipe is always the same -- a talented, cohesive team is required. I find that creating an experience that embraces diversity of skills, ideas, and points of view often results in a team that will follow you into battle time and time again.

Last but not least, I believe inspiring and nurturing the next generation of specialists and creators is critical. This has been my motivation behind my work with affinity groups, publications, and organizations to help others grow and learn from my experiences.