Werner Herzog's dreams.

I just watched a film titled The Burden of Dreams. It’s about the filming of Fitzcarraldo by Werner Herzog. My only familiarity with Herzog is from Nosferatu (His version and the original are equally brilliant) and from his manifest on film.
It was because I was rereading his manifest that I grabbed the film. I’m currently looking at Metamodernism again and trying to really articulate what I want my own work to mean in particular, but Herzog’s older manifesto resonated with me as well.
Separately I’m looking for the most dedicated and inspired people in the world and their amazing visions and works. I checked out Yoko Ono the other day at the MCA Sydney, and at over 80 years old she is still actively making art and trying to inspire others. And the struggles Herzog puts himself through are equally amazing.
During filming Fitzcarraldo he went not to where was easy, but to where actually represented his vision in the middle of nowhere, 500 miles to the nearest civilisation “town”. He had 40% of his film complete when his lead actors pulled out and he had to start from nothing. Boats were ruined, people seriously injured by accident and by attacks from competing Amazonian tribes. All for a vision.
The film was abandoned as 30 tonnes of ship was laid to waste, unable to film the final scene, in the middle of nowhere. It was only complete with investment and engineering 4 years later.
All this could make you feel small. But I chose to see something else. Nobody is born brilliant. It takes otherworldly commitment to reach those heights. Years of commitment to monthly deadlines, weekly progress, daily improvement, hourly taking the next step needed, and focus every minute.
In the film Burden of Dreams he admits that he has days, even when has achieved all he wanted, that he would still like to sit at home with a cup of tea instead of going through it all. He has a pretty hilarious (I’m not sure that’s how it’s meant to be taken) monologue about hating the jungle that goes on for a while as well. It’s encouraging to know that these people aren’t so special, they just do the work others aren’t willing to do.