Cultivate the best possible climate of excitement of the mind
Sheer toil can be healthy and exhilarating
I think this same type vision would be cool for incubators or startups: Herzog outlines his unconventional vision for the ideal film school. “You would be allowed to submit an application only after having travelled, alone and on foot. You would learn more about filmmaking during your journey than if you spent five years at film school. Your experiences would be the very opposite of academic knowledge, for academia is the death of cinema…My film school would allow you to experience a certain climate of excitement of the mind, and would produce people with spirit, a furious inner excitement, a burning flame within. This is what ultimately creates films. Technical knowledge inevitably becomes dated; the ability to adapt to change will always be more important. At my utopian film academy there would be a vast loft with a boxing ring in one corner. Participants, working every day with a trainer, would learn to somersault, juggle and perform magic tricks. Whether you would be a filmmaker by the end I couldn’t say, but at least you would emerge as a confident and fearless athlete. The end result would be like the knights of old who knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and play the lute.
I have always sought to transform my own experiences and fantasies into cinema.