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THE COLLABORATOR
BRYAN BURK
CO-FOUNDER, BAD ROBOT; PRODUCER
PORTRAIT: ART STREIBER
 

“I guess what I love most about working with my best friend — let alone someone who I’ve known so long — is that it is perpetually as surreal for him as it is for me.” Another child of the Super 8 generation, Bryan Burk met J.J. Abrams during the early ’80s, bonded over (surprise) their mutual love of movies, and their friendship eventually forged the founding of Bad Robot in 1998. Their TV and film production company has obviously achieved enviable success — Alias, Lost, Super 8 and now Star Trek Into Darkness, to name a few — but the ethos hasn’t changed. A couple of years ago, they even produced an app, Action Movie FX, that allowed users to insert special effects into their iPhone videos. “That was purely born out of an idea of, ‘Oh, wouldn’t this be cool?’” says Burk. “There was no other motivation behind it. Simply, ‘Wouldn’t it be awesome to do an app where you can create visual effects on the fly with your phone?’ And it turns out a lot of people thought it was cool, too.”

It’s an informal modus operandi that has served them well and taken the old friends, somewhat improbably, from DIY shorts to Star Wars. “It’s humbling and exciting,” says Burk, with appealing enthusiasm. “As we did with Star Trek, as with anything, you feel that responsibility — ’cause you know there are so many people out there who love it. Myself included. You have to do everything you can, and not for any moment take it for granted. Never settle.”

 


 

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