Where do you find Inspiration?

Drowningman_jr Posts: 39 Just Starting Out
edited October 2018 in Practical Filmmaking

if i wanted to make something but didn't know what, how would i get insperation? please help.


  • tddavis
    tddavis Posts: 5,222 Expert

    @drowningmanjr Tough question... The answer will vary by everyone who responds because really it's a very individual-oriented thing.  I think the best you can do is play to your interests in choosing a type or genre, watch as much as you can in that style on You Tube or DVDs and inspiration will find you rather than the other way around.  It's a mythical thing like trying to find a unicorn or Bigfoot, but I believe it usually revolves around your area of interest.  You'll see a bit or something and think what if? Or why didn't they do that?

  • Stargazer54
    Stargazer54 Posts: 3,899 Ambassador

    Inspiration come from biorhythms.  First you're  up, then you're down.

    Hell, I'm in a creative slump right now myself.  You could always try heavy drink and fall back in your own vomit.  It worked for Hemingway.  But hasn't worked for me, so far.

    But seriously, clearing your mind so that ideas have room to fall in is a good tack.  Go on vacation.  Go see films.  Go for a walk in the woods.  Get outside and do something challenging like rock climbing or hiking a new trail.

    I think the key is do something new that focuses your mind on different things. 

    Ever noticed that you just can't quite come up with a word that is on the tip of your tongue, but minutes or hours later, while you concentrate on something else, the word just pops up.   Creativity is like that.  The harder you try to come up with an idea the harder it is to come up with one.  Just let go of trying to hatch an idea and go for a walk. 


  • CleverTagline
    CleverTagline Posts: 3,342 Ambassador

    +a million to what @Stargazer54 said.

    Inspiration doesn't just happen. It comes as a result of what you're doing in your life.  So live!

  • BobDiMarzio
    BobDiMarzio Posts: 624 Just Starting Out

    @Stargazer54 is spot on.    Also, Video creation is both art and skill.   So during those times when your your imagination is letting you down,   it would probably be a good time to improve your camera work, compositing and editing.  Watch and master as many relevant tutorials as you can.  Who knows it's possible that this can provide inspiration.

  • I find learning new effects help to spark ideas for shorts, all you do is just right the short based on the effect you want to try.

  • Drowningman_jr
    Drowningman_jr Posts: 39 Just Starting Out

    Thanks for all of the responses, and I am so sorry I'm responding this late. I'm gonna be honest, I completely forgot about this discussion. You have really helped me a lot with these tips, thank you all for helping.

  • DafterThings
    DafterThings Posts: 985 Enthusiast

    Every time I see or think something funny or strange or interesting I note it down.
    Every time I catch myself thinking 'what if' I note it down.

    When I have some quiet time I work through these notes and see if anything clicks or if I can connect a few of them together.  

    I then just write without thinking, editing, pausing or correcting for 5-15 minutes and see what comes out.
    If it doesn't work I still save it for the future.


  • MorganStudios
    MorganStudios Posts: 46 Just Starting Out

    Music just listen to your favorite tune and brain storm

    Get inspiration from everyday things

  • Drowningman_jr
    Drowningman_jr Posts: 39 Just Starting Out

    Thank you for for your responses, this will really help me find inspiration. Thank you all.

  • A practice I've maintained for many, many years is to keep a sketchbook or notebook. I started out as a visual artist and illustrator and ideas, notes, sketches and doodles all went into those books. As time has gone by there tend to be more storyboards than sketches but whenever I start to run dry creatively I can dip into my pile of books and find things that I want to look at again. The ability to draw is not important to this process, a few words can be as important as a picture.

    I've also found that looking at other peoples sketchbooks can be inspiring too, some film-makers give glimpses of theirs in supplemental films on DVD's, Guillermo del Toro on Hellboy is amazing, as are the sketchbooks of Tim Burton

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