Sunday, July 20, 2008
Yesterday I was listening to an interview of Andrew Stanton, the writer-director of Wall-e by Terry Gross at Fresh Air. What struck me in the interview was when Terry asked him about how he felt about doing art with technology since he was old enough to have started drawing without using the computer.
He said that he was really lucky to have been hired by Pixar since he had no computer experience and would have to learn everything from scratch. He was hired because they recognized that anyone can learn the technology, but the skills he brought with knowing how to communicate with drawing cannot be learned. He said it wasn't too hard to learn the technology. It made repetitive tasks so much easier (like putting all of the people into a crowd scene).
I think the focus of technology in schools should be on communication (reading, writing with text and pictures) rather than on the technology. Technology is just a catalyst. It makes so many things possible (or easier) without, of course saving any time... (it just creates more work that it is possible to do!)