Origin of Ideas

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    For me personally, the hardest part of filmmaking isn't the actual production process. That's where the fun happens. The hardest part to me is actually coming up with a story worth telling. Today, it seems like the consensus is that there is no original story. Yet we see tons of movies coming from all over the place, and the boy who cried that film is dead is still screaming. Still, you can source the content of most movies back to some source, especially in the modern film industry (say, 2000 to present). It's just interesting to me. As someone who has been trying to write something worth producing for some time now, it seems like I should just give up my attempt at originality and succumb to the reality that nothing is original. How do other people face their ideas head-on?

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    There was a philosopher from the 1800s that said that there was nothing new but I wonder what he would say about our new smart phones and jet planes if he saw one?

    “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.”

    ― Mark Twain, Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North American Review
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    • #3
      Great quote! Guess I'll just keep turning my kaleidoscope till I find something I like.

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        Hi Thomas, I am glad you like it! Ye, keep turning your kaleidoscope! You're going to find something you like.
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