5) Imagine you've been asked to serve as an artistic consultant for the set design of (choose) a) an already-existing play; b) a yet-to-be-written play based on a novel; or c) film version of either an already-filmed novel or one that has yet to be filmed. You get to choose the work and the "medium" (stage or film). What would you choose, and why?
I'd choose theater and the yet-to-be-adapted novel. Theater is much more immediate and visceral than film. I love the idea of working with lots of people, and an audience, and of facilitating a direct, human connection. I also like the idea of working with something new. I have a horror of adult expectation (not so much of children's expectations, but that is another post), and its significantly less intimidating to design a piece that carries no baggage. Although readers are a tough crowd, they understand the limits translating hundreds of pages of novel to 2 hours of live theater. The flexibility of theater is also appealing-- how things can be adapted and changed, how there never is a tangible, dead, end-product. The physical stage seems like it would be a fun thing to explore, between being inspired by Joseph Cornell, Alexander Calder and the play of light and shadow. I'd hope it was good novel, one with lots of color, sympathetic characters, compelling settings and an interesting plot.
This is fun and thought-provoking! Does anyone want to be interviewed by me?