Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Leo Burnett: When to take my name off the door.

I first read this speech well over two decades ago. I never thought I'd see a film record of it.

This is an incredible contemplation of the creative process. His Lonely Man sitting at the drawing board or the typewriter working all night, alone, reaching for the stars--is such a terrific image of what it means to be up against a deadline and still strive for excellence.

Some of the references he makes are explained in the post below.


Anonymous said...

Well, another prejudice (advertising) goes down the drain.

Jim Hanley said...


Sorry for this, but I sure do wish you had found this last week. Then, Rory would have been the one who told me I had to come here to see it.

This, of course, is how one views everything, while mourning, but he sure would have liked it.

Larry Marder said...

I posted this that day because I was thinking about Rory. The striving for excellence Leo Burnett urges so passionately in this clip is something Rory (and you too, Jim) practice every day.