Ideas

InspIred981

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I've been having writers block lately, trying to come up with ideas for a short movie. I've been brainstorming for awhile, but I haven't been able to come up with anything worth pursuing. I was just curious, what kinds of things do you do to get your creative juices going?
 

temerson

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Go to school. Study anything that is not film related: history, political science, math, english literature, foreign language. Classes come in all shapes and sizes. Not only will you get good ideas, but you will become knowledgeable enough about your subject matter that you can write it smartly in addition to having an original idea. Good Will Hunting -- A story that Matt Damon wrote for an english lit class at Harvard about one of his friends.

Go to school. Avoid film. If you want to write. All film school will teach you to write is stories about film making. The best writers are the ones that are intimate with what they are writing about. Michael Crichton? Spent YEARS researching his topics before he even began writing stories. And he gave us Sphere and, of course, Jurassic Park.
 

Mr Taylor

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When I don't get enough sleep, every idea seems a drag.
Once I am rested, I seem to find interest in every little aspect of life.
One good idea is to explore a place you have never been.
Go down a street you usually walk right past.
Why not use the edward debono five thinking hats. consider the plus , minus and unusual of every situation...
EG what would it be like to have three hands?
Plus, could carry shopping and open the door.
Minus, have to buy two sets of gloves each time.
Interesting, you could hold someone by the ears and punch them at the same time.(these were all childrens ideas from the book)
Then sleep.
Somehow the ideas are mixed around in your subconcious while you sleep and the idea is there first thing in the morning.
 

jodymichelle

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3 more way to get out of writers blocks

3 more way to get out of writers blocks

Face the facts and pinpoint what might be hindering you:

I) Lack of knowledge and/or experience in relation to certain topics and issues needed to get more meat out of your brainstorming process.

Possible solutions:

1) Don't think that you have to deliver a message like a great philosopher, or like whoever wrote the Red Sea Crossing story.

2) "Write what you know" in your own voice and in your own perspective. If you're as advanced with the muses as Moses, even better.

3) KISS and Keep it short. Keep it simple and focus on short films and short shorts so that you can practice and experience what it's like to use different story elements, mechanisms, and tools, and practice and experience what it's like to start and finish projects.

II) Major confusion or you are unclear about characters, perspective/point of view, setting, and/or genre.

Possible solutions:

* Rather than allowing the organic process of writing go on and on and on, and rather than allowing your characters and worlds to evolve over and over and over again - tell yourself that it's time to start and finish "the story" and "the project". Stick to your characters, stick your setting, and stick to your genre, etc. Don't change it. (This is an exercise for getting out of writers block.) Remember nothing is written in stone, but when you're stuck with writers block, it might be time to write things in stone for now.

III) You might be too wrapped up in trying to write stories the way you "think" good writers might write; or you might choose topics, motifs, and imagery that you "think" good writers might choose.

Possible solutions:

* Don't try to write like your heroes. Don't try to be someone else when you're writing. The question is, what kinds of stories do you want to tell, and how do you want to present and deliver them?
 
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jodymichelle

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more ways to overcome writers block; 3 writing exercises

more ways to overcome writers block; 3 writing exercises

One of the best ways to overcome writers block is to simply write. Write anything. Don't go for perfection. Here are 3 writing exercises to get you started:

1) What are some of the things that really motivate you to write? What motivates you? Why do you write? What do you like to write? In what ways do you want to improve as a writer? Jot these things down in a bulleted list.

2) What kinds of things do you particularly like to see, hear, taste, smell, and feel? Jot these things down in a bulleted list.

3) What kinds of imagery interests you? What kinds of imagery do you want to see youself using when you write? Jot these things down in a bulleted list.
 

Mr Taylor

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I agree.
Creative people usually get that spark inside the brain that sort of drives the whole creative exercise on.
Who knows what will trigger it off.
I have often thought about just what it is.

For example with film making there are two sparks.
The first spark is "Hey, it would be great to make a film"

The second spark is " A film abut this (topic) would be great"

The funny thing is, after I watch a film, one scene will stick in my mind.
Take Highlander for example, the main actor had a private room full of all the clothes he wore over the centuries,that really stuck in my mind as motivating.

The director later revealed that he was inspired to make the film by visiting a real collection of armour from the ages. He was inspired by wondering "What if one person wore all of these costumes"
So I was amazed that the initial director's spark (as it were) had jumped to me.
I suspect the spark that fired up the maker of the real detailed Armour was also handed down from before.

who knows how far back it goes.

I think I just made a core concept for a new film.
 
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BenB

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There are two web clips you need to see about inspiration. Every film student should see both. One is "Pollinate: Chain Reaction" (42:23) and the other is "The Common Desk" (39:05). It explains creativity, how to charge it, work with it. There is no "skill" or "knowledge" involved with being "creative". It's an instinctual process that no one has put a solid definition on. But, there are those, like BeliefDesign, who've developed techniques that can help spark it and nourish it.
http://www.beliefdesign.com/popup/CHAIN_REACTION.640x480_popup.html
http://www.beliefdesign.com/popup/THE_COMMON_DESK.640x360_popup.html
 

jodymichelle

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I started watching the beginning of the first clip. These things that were said really stood out to me:

"...Design is an artform, not just a job, but a lifestyle..."

"...Be influenced by the things around you, don't just copy stuff on tv, because it loses its soul..."

"...The original vision that you are influenced by has a purpose, there is meaning in the original vision, and that's why it works the way it does. But once you cannibalize that, once you reproduce that, it loses it's heart, it loses its soul. It's the same thing as if you take a picture of something, it's a different thing than what you're seeing with your eyes... And that event, that photo - you have a different purpose and meaning..."

(Mike Goedecke and Kane Roberts, "Pollinate: Chain Reaction")





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mandingochavez

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HElp! !

HElp! !

I have lots of what I feel are excellent ideas but I can't seem to get started writing. Anyone have suggestions or wanna help write?
 

jodymichelle

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"Discipline and concentration are a matter of being interested." -Tom Kite

"Discipline and concentration are a matter of being interested." -Tom Kite

My suggestion is if you are serious about writing, or finding writers to collaborate with, and especially if you think you have great ideas, the least you can do for yourself is "write." The least you can do for your projects you are wanting to start is "write." If you can "think it," you can "write it".

Free your mind of certain little pressures that are really only excuses. Sure, make spelling mistakes, be grammatically incorrect. Don't worry about format or form. Just write.





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mandingochavez

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That's what I am trying to do. I would like to find a good writing partner to bounce ideas off of. Someone who not necessarily thinks like I do but is interested in creating something. I'm trying to get started on a project that I think would benefit from more than just my view. Any of this making sense? I feel like I'm rambling...
 

Mr Taylor

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I have lots of what I feel are excellent ideas but I can't seem to get started writing. Anyone have suggestions or wanna help write?
Hi, I'm not a pro, but I think I can help.
We will have to keep the details below the radar because nothing gets stolen faster than a good idea.

So the first thing you need to tell me is the final destination, TV, play, radio, movie, short film, etc....where will it end up?
 

Mr Taylor

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Movies huh...ok..that means you have to fill about 2 hours of time.
That means you have to write 120 pages..(each page is 1 min on screen).

So next question, what type of film? Western, Horror, comedy...or a combination of two or three?
 

Mr Taylor

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I will just ask you a few more questions, to speed things up.

How many locations?

how many people?

What is the form of the IDEA..Is it an idea about how people change?
is an idea about how places change?
is it an idea about how things would unfold if...

(please don't give away the details on line).

So now get out a sheet of paper and write the words start, middle, and END on it.

Below that write one sentence about the start, one about the middle and one about the end.

keep this for future checking.

Oh, get a ring binder, you are going to need it.
 
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Mr Taylor

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That's a pretty good area at the moment.

Lots of Vampire, Warewoolf, Zombie fans around.

Peter Jackson started in Horror.

So what kind of feeling do you want to run through the thing?

Kind of X files "suspense" or more like friday the 13th "fright"/ "gore"?

Page two of your ring binder should have the main "mood" written for a tonal anchor.
 

Mr Taylor

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It's late over here in New Zealand, so I need to sign off till tomorrow.

I'm not sure at what pace you work at...but we need to cover a lot of ground.

I'm thinking that the creativity will come in at the "filling in the chapters" stage.

At the moment I only have two facts, it's a movie and it's a horror.

I will give you about five hours of my time...so use em how you will.
 

Mr Taylor

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If you want to work in movies you will have to get your communication skills figured out.

I have no idea at this point what you are up to.

Have you decided the whole thing is too hard?

Are you working away on the basic plot?

you need to learn to keep all parties up to date on what you are up to.

When you are directing a film you will have many more people to think about and update than just one.

Go read up on the concept of the feedback loop.

that should help.
 
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