TED演讲之幕后揭秘 艾布拉姆斯之神秘的盒子(3)

Now, I bought this decades ago and I’m not kidding. If you look at this, you’ll see it’s never been opened.


But I’ve had this forever. Now, I was looking at this, it was in my office, as it always is, on the shelf, and I was thinking, why have I not opened this?


And why have I kept it? Because I’m not a pack rat. I don’t keep everything, but for some reason I haven’t opened this box.


And I felt like there was a key to this, somehow, in talking about something at TED that I haven’t discussed before, and bored people elsewhere.


So I thought, maybe there’s something with this. And there was this giant question mark.


I love the design, for what it’s worth, of this thing. And I started thinking, why haven’t I opened it?


And I realized that I haven’t opened it because it represents something important — to me.


It represents my grandfather. Am I allowed to cry at TED? Because — no, I’m not going to cry.


The thing is that it represents infinite possibility. It represents hope. It represents potential.


And what I love about this box, and what I realize I sort of do in whatever it is that I do, is I find myself drawn to infinite possibility, that sense of potential.


And I realize that mystery is the catalyst for imagination. Now, it’s not the most ground-breaking idea,


but when I started to think that maybe there are times when mystery is more important than knowledge. I started getting interested in this.


And so I started thinking about “Lost” and the stuff that we do, and I realized, oh my God, mystery boxes are everywhere in what I do!


In the creation of “Lost,” Damon Lindelof and I, who created the show with me, we were basically tasked with creating this series that we had very little time to do.

比如在《迷失》的创作过程中。Damon Lindelof和我一起创作了这部剧,我们当时时间很紧,

We had 11 and a half weeks to write it, cast it, crew it, shoot it, cut it, post it, turn in a two-hour pilot.


So it was not a lot of time. And that sense of possibility — what could this thing be? There was no time to develop it.


I’m sure you’re all familiar with people who tell you what you can’t do and what you should change. There was no time for that, which is kind of amazing.


And so we did this show, and for those of you who haven’t seen it, or don’t know it, I can show you one little clip from the pilot, just to show you some stuff that we did.





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