Kevan Funk, excerpt:


I think failure [laughs] is a lot easier to recognize than success. If it's a failure for me, I feel like I know as soon as it's finished, even before. I feel like, ok, that was a failure. . . and I'm proud to say that I've had my fair share. I used to be very afraid of failure, because it's a terrifying thing, in a lot of ways, but after a few significant failures I think that it is one of the greatest things, because you really--once you get comfortable with failure--I think it's a lot easier to succeed because you're way more willing to take risks, in knowing that you failed, and that it's not the end of the world. The ability to take risks is a very important thing, and you just need to know that there's a good chance that that risk is too much of a risk, and not the right risk, and you could fail miserably.


I think that one of the reasons that failure is so easy to recognize, is that you can see the lesson in it right away. You see that, this should be something else, and this does not work. It's a lot easier to see something that doesn't work, and to break that down, that to feel something that works. Because a lot more often with something that works, it's a felt thing. It's lot easier to feel something that works, than to try and understand how it works, because there's a lot more intangibles at play, in that aspect.


I could say that this last project, that we got into TIFF with, is a successful one, because I feel that we achieved success with it. And, obviously, having the stamp of approval from something like TIFF, gives you a mark of success. But I have to admit that I am still having a bit of a roller coaster of response from myself. I've heard nothing but positive things since I've been at the festival. I've had one or two sort of luke-warm-ish responses to it, but we've certainly had an overwhelmingly positive response to it, just from being in the audience. Our first screening played extremely well, you could just feel the energy in the room, when our film was screening. They got the film very quickly, and they go the humour right away.That is a very tangible measure of sucess: the applause and laughter and gasps, in terms of a reactionary way. That's honestly the most truthful way to see success, because when someone tells they love your film, I don't know if that means it should be seen as a success, because it's a very political landscape, and I think if someone hates your film, someone has to really hate your film to tell you--they have to really really hate your film to tell you that they hate your film. You have to offend them on a pretty significant level, for someone to really tell you that they hate your film, because I think they can hate your film, but tell you that they love your film pretty easily, because that's the landscape: people generally want to avoid conflict. Not that everyone is so political and coniving that people are going to tell you they love your film, and yet have the knife ready at the same time.


I do think that generally people don't like conflict very much, and so they'll avoid it by saying: ya, I liked it, it was good. Unless, obviously, it's pushed to the extreme, and they find something that, they find so despicable about what you've done. So, you can certainly tell if someone is genuinely excited about your film, because they are so excited about it, and they're so excited to talk to you about it. That's certainly a way of measuring your success. 

I think in terms of when I would look at it, for myself, because I think that's really that's . . . how you have to look at it, at how successful it was for you, because you're the one who knows your work, and you're the one who's charting your own trajectory of growth. I think that's when you have to be as honest as you can, and this is why success is such a difficult thing to judge, because there's a lot of clouding what you feel, clouding what your vision of how you sort of interpret that. Does--because we get into TIFF does that mean it was a sucess. Because we didn't win Best Short Film at TIFF, does that mean we're not a success? I feel that there's always, it's such a difficult thing.

Whereas, failure, to me, seems so concrete. I feel like every single project that is a success there's still a certain amount of failure. There is never, ever going to be something that is that perfect thing, that's a totally unattainable thing, but I think that it is so great that it's unattainable. Because if it was attainable, and you could see that it was attainable, it would take a lot of the excitement and fun out of what is it to make work, and make art. It's nice that there's the exhilarating aspect of always improving, and finding a new way to do things, as well as always having the possibility to fail miserably.Interview_25_Mlex.html
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