Wow -- this was a really wonderful movie. I like fearless movies, and this one was quite fearless indeed. The "What It Is" model of building around your visions was clearly at work here, and it made all the difference in the world. I actually came away from this feeling guilty for not making more of my visions come true -- I spend a lot of time working on other people's visions.
See, there's this whole responsibility thing with visions. It feels like you have to bring them into the world. It has nothing to do with money, at all. Which is the problem because so many of the visions require money to make them a reality. Maybe it is wisest to channel one's visions to things that require little funding, like novels and stories, and graphic art, as opposed to films and simulations. But it is funny, no one ever measures an artists success by how many of their visions they have brought to light. And more visions always come -- the responsibility never seems to end -- there are always visions that never got their chance. This whole thing is really important, and no one ever talks about it: The feeling when the vision comes, and whether it is a responsibility, or not, or what. And the feeling of making it happen, and the feeling when it fails. I'd really like to explore this more deeply.
Anyway, Ponyo got me working on my bird story again -- so thank you, Ponyo!