Your Team Is More Important Than Your Idea

The modern Hollywood approach was to put together a team for one project and then disband the team when production was finished.  We thought that was dumb.  When it comes down to it, the only way to make a good movie is to have a good team.  The current view in Hollywood, in contrast, is that movies are all about ideas.  That a good idea is rarer and more valuable than good people.  That’s why there are so many copycat movies.  Everyone is chasing the same concept.  But that’s a fundamentally misguided approach.  The mediocre team will screw up a good idea.  But if you give a mediocre idea to a great team, and let them work together, they’ll find a way to succeed.

-Ed Catmull, President of Pixar

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