June 6, 2015
What does it take to be inspired by someone else’s work without flat out copying them?
This week’s video is some thoughts about originality and how we can be inspired by different things as a filmmaker.
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WHAT DO STAR WARS + FILM NOIR HAVE IN COMMON?
Many people (myself included) believe that the pessimistic, dark themes tackled in Film Noir could have only been born in America. In t 40’s, the box office was full of adventure movies, and generally positive films with happy endings. Good conquering evil and a promotion of the traditional American family. In some ways, this was the perfect conditions for Film Noir to rise, suddenly standing out as something fresh and new.
Many years later, a similar thing happened with Star Wars. Let me set the scene – lots of fear and general instability from the situation with Vietnam, and many films being made with darker themes. These films often reflected two major things people were scared of at the time – communism and nuclear war. So when Star Wars turns up, a romping adventure based around the story elements of greek mythology – heroes, quests and a clear division between good and evil. Allowing audiences to escape to an exciting and distant world was the perfect answer to where society was at that time.
So there are two examples of taking inspiration from what everyone else is doing, and then doing the opposite. But both seemed fresh to the audience – not because they were truly original (nothing is) but because they came at the right time.
“ORIGINALITY IS SIMPLY A PAIR OF FRESH EYES” – Thomas W. Higginson
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