I made many short animated films. When I worked, I had a goal to be famous.
But my films did not bring me fame.
"Mom," my biggest film project was the most unsuccessful. Most animation festivals didn't accept it. I was upset. I became depressed and ended up in the hospital. I felt like I am not a good director. I felt like I am nothing. And I almost gave up making animation.
One day, I had a chance to make a new film with Benetton. The budget was very small, but I took the job. I was happy that there was a person who needs me as a filmmaker. From this time on, I changed my goal. Instead of working to get fame, I decided to work for the purpose of sharing the pleasantness of life with others.
I finally knew that happiness is not getting from others. Happiness is just around me. Such as my children's smiles, my students' enjoyment of knowing more, my university friendships, and the beauty of nature and art. That type happiness is all I want.
So I accepted Benetton's offer to make a new film and it was shown in Milano, Italia.
Wow, I could not believe what happened. So many people stopped to watch my film even though it is a busy sightseeing area. I saw people enjoy the film and take pictures.
Seeing others enjoy my work is all I want. And this happened when I decide to create art to share with others.
I still go to the hospital to care for my mental depression. But I am very happy and I am proud of being an animation director, professor, and father.
Wooksang Chang - Korean filmmaker
Image credit: Wooksang Chang, a still from his film made for Benetton. Milano, Italia.