via Todd Richmond
An interesting piece on the 50th anniversary of the film, “The Godfather,” and Francis Ford Coppola’s efforts to restore the film. One particularly resonating quote from Coppola:
Coppola, now 82, said he never tired of scrutinizing of the film. But naturally any time he spends reflecting on “The Godfather” brings back a range of emotions and memories — the pain of its fraught production and the pride of its runaway success. “You have to understand, as a filmmaker, I didn’t really know how to make ‘The Godfather,’” he said. “I learned how to make ‘The Godfather’ making it.”https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/movies/godfather-francis-ford-coppola.html
Innovation is a hot topic, and clearly Coppola’s film was ground-breaking. His quote epitomizes a core philosophy of the TNL, and something that is central to innovation:
If you’re working on something truly innovative, you don’t know what a right answer looks like. While one can sit and contemplate one’s navel, hoping to figure it out, Coppola’s quote points to a different path – you learn how to do something by doing it. In our parlance, rapid prototyping is a method for exploring the unknown and slowly learning what doesn’t work, and what could be a path to a “right answer.”
The concept of the right answer vs a right answer is a topic for another day (short story – there probably is more than one path and viable outcome).