Russell wrote yet another great post about planning. Nothing new, nothing out of the ordinary, since he keeps on doing that. But i'm going to use his words as a pretext, for some things i was excited to find out. Anyway. He says: "Planning is about the density of ideas, the number of ideas, not the quality of ideas. Or at least my version is. (Kind of. Because I think density gets you quality.) And being open to media, or to people, this is why I like cafes, always half-listening, is a crucial source of idea density." The thing is that i simply love doing this. I am crazy about learning something all the time, no matter where i am or how busy i am. I always seem to grab a piece of information or of inspiration, by keeping my mind alert and open all the time; and then, i don't know how this happens, i must be really lucky, but connections appear, like i always connect pieces of a puzzle.
Example: in order to write a few words about "Taxi Driver" on my movie blog, i was reading yesterday the review on filmsite.org. And i came across the following phrase: "A memorable lamenting saxophone score by Bernard Herrmann (his last) accompanies the film. [He provided some of cinema's best-known musical accompaniments, for such films as Alfred Hitchcock's well-known Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960), and for Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942).] " This appealed to me, since i really appreciated Taxi Driver's soundtrack, not to mention the soundtrack of the other movies listed. I was happy to find out they were the hand of the same person. Especially since i am a great fan of the shower scene, which i consider fantastically achieved from all points of view, especially musically speaking. And then, last night, while i was returning from work, i was listening to a BBC broadcast and they played precisely the shower scene music, saying that the violin sound it involved was a complete inovation from the great Bernard Herrmann. Here's how Wikipedia mentions it: "Herrmann's most recognizable music is from another Hitchcock film, Psycho, specifically the shower scene music. The screeching violin music heard during the scene (a scene which Hitchcock originally suggested have no music at all) is one of the most famous moments from all film scores."
I love details. I always have. And i love planning for allowing me to use all the skills i can.