FIlm and Television Week 1: IDEAS COME AT ME (please?)

So this week, was the first week of uni, and consequently the first week of Film and TV 1. Not gonna lie, kind of excited about this one, as I generally am with anything that promises to delve into the more practical rather than  being purely theoretical!

I really enjoyed this weeks lecture and how delved straight into the subject, no time for introductions! It got me even more excited about this semester, and I really learnt that I need to start thinking outside the box and looking at characters and story lines far away from me and my life. After all,  REAL LIFE IS BORING!!!

The lecture also outlined how we would truly be getting straight into things, and would have to come up with an idea for a 5 minute short film by the following week!! What?

I mean, in the history of my life so far, any time I have needed to begin the creative process, I had at least a few weeks to procrastinate and second guess every idea that could possibly have entered my mind before deciding on an ‘idea’. And this time finding out there was a little bit under a week to have an idea for a 5 minute short film about anything you could possibly imagine (providing it had one setting and no more than two characters) submitted, did freak me out!

This left so much less time for my usual idea developing process, and I don’t know what it is about the words “it can be about whatever you want” that seems to hinder my brain from working!! The possibilities just seem oh so endless, ANYTHING; and I never want to look back and think you could have come up with anything in the whole world, anything at all, and that is what you came up with? And the idea process just seems oh so crucial, it is the beginning of it all, you don’t want to start out completely off…

Anyway, enough rambling (for now anyway).

In this weeks tutorial we did look at different ways we each come up with ideas and even looked at how an idea can even start with one particularly interesting character and spring from there. We were asked to come up with a character, any character we liked, no constraints; and then once we were done we had to pair off with someone within the class and find a way to link our two characters together in the context of a short film. It was incredible and so interesting to see what people came up with and how they pieced characters together to create what would actually make some quite brilliant short films. This was definitely a great way to begin the idea developing process.

The readings this week in particular the one by Robin Plunkett offered some more insight into the ‘getting an idea’ process. It truly encapsulated how ideas can start from anywhere, whether it be a still photograph, a newspaper article, a location, a dream, a piece of music; the list is endless!

I bet after reading ALL that, I bet you are just absolutely dying to know what ideas I came up with after this whole new and enlightening insights into the idea development process, so here you go:

1- Amateur assassins, roommates and partners in crime: Blaze and Rob, come across a briefcase filled with one million dollars. Each wants the money all to themselves, and they begin attempts to action schemes to lead to other’s demise!

Can’t go wrong with assassins, right??

The second Idea I came up with was the following:

2- Samantha and Blake awaken in a strange, dark, unfamiliar house with no recollection of how they got there. A pool of blood, not yet fully dried stains the floor. What happened the night before? And why are the two locked in, unable to leave?

And that was the first week of Film and Tv 1! Should be a fun and certainly interesting semester that is for sure!!


Changing The World Using Creativity

Everyone wants to be creative! And even more so everyone would like to be able to change  the world. But how do you manage that? Through harnessing your creativity thats’s how! But how does one teach creativity? Is it not something you have or you don’t? You can’t exactly learn it from a book or through endless study can you?

After viewing a number of presentations regarding harnessing cerativity, I will attempt to creatively answer these questions and let you in on the tricks of the trade!

Where do good ideas come from?

For 5 years Steve Johnson has been exploring the intrinsically interesting concept of where good ideas come from. Because well, who doesn’t want to be more creative, have better ideas and have our organisations be more innovative? right? Well, he believes that most  great ideas are born in the method he entitles “the slow hunch”, rather than just your sudden EUREKA! moment. Important ideas  needing time to mature and this is because the come from the collision of smaller hunches combining to create a greater one. Even the World Wide Web took 10 years to come into play from when it was first thought up! Often the missing piece to turn your idea from an okay one to a good one, coming from a different person.

so what did we learn from this?

Good ideas take time, they take planning and alot of trial and effort! So don’t give up on your ideas store them in your mind and wait for them to collide and merge with other ideas and come better. And don’t be afraid to share your ideas with others, for all you know they could just hold that missing piece to your puzzle.

Taking Imagination Seriously

Janet Echelman is truly one who knows about innovation! Taking your simple material of fishnet and now using it to create amazing billowing, flowing, building-sized sculptures. Finding beauty in the littlest of things, not accepting defeat  and compromising; Janet has been able to consistently utilise her creativity and even now combine it with technology and engineering to create spectacular pieces world wide.

so what did we learn from this?

Creativity can be found anywhere and everywhere, even in the something as overlooked as a fishing net. Janet’s story also revealing that creativity is something that is forever growing, and can take a great degree of time and perseverance.

A Lecture on Creativity

John Cleese in this lecture tells his secrets on how to inspire creativity within your self. There are no guarantees that ideas are ever going to be generated he warns, yet there are 5 ways you can get yourself into a creative mindset:

  1. Space- Sealing yourself off, away from all your pressures, where you will not be disturbed!
  2. Time- You need your space for a specific period of time, knowing that at a certain time your normal life will start again; allowing you to truly seal yourself off from the world. You need a good chunk of time too, so that you have enough time to properly think once your mind stops racing, a good amount of time being an hour and a half
  3. Time- The more pondering time, the more creative the solution will be. Give your mind as long as possible.
  4. Confidence- Nothing will stop you from being creative as much as the thought of making a mistake, you can not be playful if you are frightened!
  5. A 22 inch waist Humour- It gets you from the closed mode to the open mode faster than anything, laughter creating relaxation.

so what did we learn?

You need to set boundaries of space and time, so that creativity can happen. Play is only possible when separated from everyday life. Also don’t take the easy way out, make the ‘snap’ decision, the more you ponder an idea the more creative it will be. You have to risk the wrong and illogical, while your being creative nothing is wrong; anything, anything anything could lead to the break through

Creativity is a hard thing to grasp, but if these video presentations have taught me anything is that a major factor in harnessing creativity is time, time, time! As well as not being afraid to make a mistake or to be silly or wrong, because when being creative nothing is wrong. After all as Allan Watts says :

“You can’t be spontaneous within reason.”