In this speech, Canadian filmmaker Gary Burns discusses his career in Canada's film industry and offers fascinating insight into what he has found inspiring over the years. Gary Burns begins his speech by sharing the reasons for which he went to film school. He remembers being bothered by the repetitive storylines of glamorous lifestyles and million-dollar apartments in Manhattan to which he could never relate. He decided that he didn't want his career to be built upon movies with tiresome happy endings. Instead, Gary Burns wanted to create movies and stories that left viewers thankful for having different lives than the characters in the films.
Gary Burns turned to the disappointments and frustrations of his own personal surroundings -- the suburbs of Calgary, Alberta -- for inspiration for his films. Gary is a firm believer that individuals should be able to find inspiration from their surroundings, no matter how mundane they may be.