Determination – The Story Of The Brooklyn Bridge

As Walt Before Mickey starts to hit theaters and as my new film, Brandini, takes shape, I see a common theme with both projects: determination. A willingness to never give up, no matter what the odds. Despite what others may tell you, despite what others may think, you can not take determination and desire for granted. Sometimes all you need is a little hope and faith.

In Walt Before Mickey, Rudy Ising (David Henrie) tells Friz Freleng (Taylor Gray) to “have some faith” when he decides to leave Walt Disney’s Laugh O Gram Studios due to lack of payment. In the end, of course, the only ones who do stick it out with Walt (Thomas Ian Nicholas) are his brother Roy (Jon Heder), Lillian (Kate Katzman), Edna (Natasha Sherritt) and Ub (Armando Gutierrez). Of course, the rest is history. Walt decided that he would never work for anyone else again. He wanted to be “his own boss” and that determination led to the creation of an empire.

In Brandini, Michael Brandini loses everything but decides, in the end, that his passion can not be stopped. He must see his passion through.

This reminded me of the story of the creation of the Roebling bridge which later became the Brooklyn Bridge.  In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling got inspired by an idea to connect New York to Long Island by building a spectacular bridge. All the expert engineers throughout the world thought that he was crazy and told him to abandon the project because it couldn’t be done.

However, Roebling could not abandon his dream and instead of forgetting the idea, he shared it with his son, Washington and the two set out to design the perfect bridge. They hired their crew and set off to fulfill their dream.

After only a few months of work, a tragic accident on the bridge took the life of John Roebling and injured his son Washington, who sustained brain damage leaving him unable to talk or walk. All of the world scoffed at them and told them, “I told you so.”

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge

In spite of this setback, Washington, still had a burning passion to finish that bridge. As he lay alone in his hospital bed, he realized that he could still move one finger. Using only that finger, he developed a code to communicate with his wife. By touching his wife’s arm and tapping out the code, he let her know that she needed to call the engineers again. Then, using that method of tapping on her arm, he told the engineers what to do to complete the bridge. This “tapping” went on for thirteen years until the bridge was finally completed.

Today, the Brooklyn Bridge stands as a sign of one man’s determination, spirit and will to follow through with his passion. It also stands for faith; the faith of a son, the faith of a wife and the faith of countless men, in one man’s dream… a  man who was considered insane by most of the world.

There will always be people who tell you, “you’re crazy” and sometimes it will be you yourself who will be your worst enemy. Your mind can place doubts and fears in the way of accomplishing your dreams. But no matter how insurmountable the odds, the Brooklyn Bridge, is a testament to knowing that you can always get from point a to point b. Despite the distance that you may need to travel to get there, sheer determination can see you through.

Are you Brandini?

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  1. Lisa says:

    It is wonderful to see you enjoying the success you have worked so hard to achieve. You are a person of true character and integrity. I know you inspired every kid who walked through the doors at Atlantic Arts to be their best selves. You taught them about determination every day.
    I wish you the greatest success not only for yourself, but for all the kids to whom your success will serve as a wonderful model of what hard work, determination and kindness can achieve. Keep doing what you do so well.

  2. Tamara Johns says:

    Amazing! Incredibly inspiring story! Thank you very much for sharing!

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