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How to Be CreativeIt might sound preposterous, even a little insulting, to think of creativity as something you can muster and “do better.” There is this presupposition that creative people are born that way, and each has a predetermined “amount” allocated to them — an inherency that decides who creates and who doesn’t and to varying degrees. However, PBS’ web series Off Book brings to light the misconceptions of creativity, both theoretically and scientifically, and guides viewers on the journey to becoming more creative. More »

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Ideas are great, but in having ‘too many’ of them, you run the risk of overloading yourself, compounding your creative schedule to a point you can’t actually manage, or worst of all — never actually getting the thing written, or shot, or otherwise made — whatever the case may be. The editor of The New York Times, Hugo Lindgren, has just written a powerful self-case study about the many undeveloped story and concept kernels he’s had, why they never got off the back burner, and where all the time seems to have gone — in other words, a creative thinker’s worst nightmare. Whether you’re a writer, a shooter, a director, or a film editor, you might want to check out Hugo’s editorial, because you might see a lot more of yourself in his words than you may expect. More »

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As artists, it’s important for us to be able to be creative, but much like telling two people to have a conversation, most attempts at trying to force creativity results in little to nothing happening. In this lecture at Video Arts in 1991, John Cleese (of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers fame), tells you what you can do to increase your creativity both by yourself, and in groups (as well as a few light bulb jokes). More »

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If you’ve been wanting make your own web series, you no doubt have been wondering about production logistics, storytelling, and crowdfunding, among other things. Luckily, Seattle-based filmmakers Tyler Hill and Brendan Davis have just been through this process in completing the first season of their web series Glitch. I sat down with them to discuss what roles they took on during production of the series, how they ran their Kickstarter campaign, various aspects of storytelling, and more (Full Disclosure: I’m friends with writer/producer Brendan Davis). More »

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Many have probably seen this video of Jeremiah McDonald talking to himself from 20 years ago. Great timing and editing help make this video work, but there is a greater message within the witty comebacks. As human beings, we are all creative in one way or another, but making a career out of creativity is often very difficult. Many continue their true passions on the side, but all too often life can get in the way of what we really want to be doing in our lives. If you haven’t seen it, make sure to watch it all the way through. More »

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As we start the weekend, I wanted to share this video with all the NoFilmSchool readers out there who might be having some sort of creative block. Staying in a creative and inspired state of mind is not easy, and there are a multitude of factors that can derail us in our creative pursuits. But in less than 2 minutes, this video will provide you with a bunch of suggestions to help you get you back on track: More »

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Every screenwriter gets stuck. Some call it writer’s block. Others don’t believe writer’s block exists. Either way, every writer runs into a problem that stops the writing process cold. Then despair sets in. Usually.  Science, however, now tells us this obstacle is a good thing. In fact, it is essential in the creative process for the mind to have a breakthrough.

Jonah Lehrer, a contributing Editor at Wired Magazine and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, recently published a book called Imagine: How Creativity Works, in which he describes how scientists have studied how the brain works when we engage in the creative process. Lehrer recently recorded an interview with Steve Paulson for the radio program To the Best of Our Knowledge where he summarizes how creativity works in our minds. You can listen to the interview here: More »