I once asked Robert Zemeckis what his favorite film was. Without a beat of hesitation, he said “Forrest Gump.” Why, I asked him? “I guess it’s because we were all making the same movie. Everybody -- the actors, the producers, the writers, the sound people, the costumers, the caterers for goodness sakes, the gaffers, the grips, the best boys, the makeup people” were all on the same page. I’ve never heard that point so brilliantly made. Yes, it does take a village -- more than that, a village that is aligned, that is collaborating to create a great movie, a great product, a great nation. Filmmaking is collaborative almost by definition. But collaboration grows more important everyday in all institutions where creative individuals work together. It’s not just Hollywood. Whether the task is building a global business or discovering the mysteries of the human brain, one person can’t hope to accomplish it alone.
Phil Caruso, Paramount Pictures