These past many weeks, I’ve read books and screened several videos and movies on former iconic founder of Apple computers, Steve Jobs. Much is said of his drive perfection, but more is said of his lack of tact and empathy to others and his ruthless competitiveness. The price was steep for those who worked alongside him, but in the end, Steve Jobs and his Apple team changed the world because of Job’s quest for perfection, and his ability to gather a team that could make his visions a reality. We can’t help but wonder if others on his team felt he was excessive or simply implementing to a high standard of excellence.
I’ve collaborated with Triple-i animation director, Troy Davis, forever. I’ve heard others call him a perfectionist. Yet looking back on over 30 years of collaboration, I can’t recall a time when he disappointed. Or when he refused to make that final round of revisions, or stayed up all night (or several nights) to get something at the level he considered acceptable. I have always felt he pushed himself to the very edge of his talent and capabilities, but through no insistence, spurring or cajoling on my part. Everything Troy does, he does at a superior level of excellence. And he’s utterly fearless. He’s leading an international team on a major feature project in an entirely new medium for which there is no manual, nor protocol. Yet Troy and his team quietly go about the business of creating small miracles almost daily in technology while integrating disciplines never before combined. It takes remarkable courage, confidence and a solid knowledge base to take on a barely possible challenge. I take pride in knowing that the guy we’re trusting with spearheading this formidable task is a perfectionist. I take great comfort in knowing Troy is the single most reliable pro I’ve met in my career. So yeah, we’re optimistic here at Triple-i.