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Exploring Creativity – Access Bellingham

Exploring Creativity – Access Bellingham

all right hello friends welcome to
access Bellingham Eero Johnson and I guess this is how we meet now for the
next six weeks we’re going to be separated but I thought rather than just
let these six weeks go by I’m hoping that we can find a way to all stay
connected stay inspired stay creative keep making programs and and just stay
together even though it’s in this kind of strange virtual way so what I’ve done
is I’ve created a six-week program for all of us and I hope you’ll follow it
it’s this is week one this week we’ll talk about ideas and creativity and
pre-production and we’ll go down the line for these six weeks so hopefully by
the end of it you have a completed video and you’ll learn something and you’ve
learned some new skills that you can take into your next videos I also hope
that people who are coming into the program after all of this chaos settles
down will be able to get value out of these these lessons so if you’re new to
access Bellingham and you’re coming at this you know somewhere down the road
welcome so this is the first of our six weeks
and this entire arm this entire curriculum is based on an idea from
writing that I heard and the idea is right from your own backyard which is
the idea that you should write what you know about so for example if you are if
you’re a bartender it’s not a bad idea to have your lead character be a
bartender you already have all sorts of inside knowledge all sort of interests
all sorts of interesting stories that the rest of the world may not have and I
think this is particularly true with video in general especially when we’re
first starting out I think there’s this desire to make you know to make the next
you know Academy award-winning film or if you’re making a documentary to try to
solve some you know global problem or some intractable problem I you know we
tackle climate change or you know the homeless issues when really again a
special and we’re first starting out I think there are all sorts of stories
right in your own backyard that are really interesting that you could tell
really well and that the rest of the planet may not have access to something
that’s interesting to you something that you’re involved with already if you’re
interested in it other people will be interested in it too I just want to say a brief bit about
creativity because I don’t think creativity can be taught I don’t think
there’s a book or a video or any one or any piece of advice that you could give
that I could give you or that anyone could give you that would help you come
up with that great idea or that creative idea but I do think that creativity in
fact I’m certain I know this to be true create creativity can be learned the
more you create things the more you’re a creative person the more creative you
become the more you do music or paint or read books or learn new things the more
you create the more you put yourself out there you just become a more creative
person when I’m working with people I often tell them to they’ll come to me
with an idea and I’ll often say take that idea further
go further with it you could always push push the creativity and push it into –
push it into places that people haven’t seen before so I just encourage you to
do that with your stories with your filming with
your editing with everything you do just keep pushing it and keep trying
something new and over time you’ll find your style you’ll find your voice and
your own you know your own creative gift to the world I want to talk about the difference
between ideas and stories there’s a difference between an idea and an idea
that you can actually film so for example if you come to me with a and you
come to me and you say I want to I have an idea for I have an idea I want to
make a film of a guy with two heads that’s an idea but it is not that that
idea doesn’t really have a lot of value as a video not yet because there’s no
story to it it’s just about a guy with you know there’s nothing there so
there’s guy with two heads but um if you say okay it’s about a guy with two heads
and we’re going to tackle the themes of prejudice and you know social isolation
from having two heads and the story is that he was um you know he lived with
his parents he lived in the basement and he was shielded from the world for most
of his life and then his parents died and at 18 he came out of the basement he
encountered the world for the first time he dealt with a lot of he dealt with a
lot of prejudices because he’s got with two heads he meets a girl she doesn’t
care that he has two heads but her parents do and his so there’s it becomes
a Romeo and Juliet kind of thing now we’re starting to have a story and a
story is much different than just having an idea and even though that’s kind of
on a you know that’s on a large scale this same principle holds true with
whatever you’re doing if you say I want to make a film about my friend Karen who
is a woodworker um that’s an idea but it’s not yet a
film a bowl idea it doesn’t yet have a story to it if you say I want to make a
video about how Karen builds a table it’s kind of an educational thing I want
to watch her build a table from start to finish
that’s that you can vit that you can make a program out of or I wanted know
Karen’s story I want to hear how she got into it who are influences are what does
she love about working with wood and where she’s going in the future
then that’s an interesting story if you tell the story of a special cabinet she
made maybe she’d build a cabinet for her mother on her birthday um you can tell
the story about that cabinet then that again is we’re moving from an idea into
an idea that can actually tell a story and of course all of these things can
swirl together but it’s really a good idea to nail it down before you press
record on the camera I actually find this pre-production stage of coming up
with ideas and looking at the best way to craft them so they so they uh so that
so they have some sort of a so they’re held together and can reach an audience
I think of some of the funnest parts of making a video and it’s it doesn’t
require anything it requires a pen and a piece of paper and and that’s a lot it’s
just so much easier to figure out now then when you have a camera in your hand
and you press record um and then you get back to the editing suite and you
realize that you don’t have the footage you need so make sure that you go into
your video knowing the story that you want to tell that’s the most important
thing go into the video knowing the story that you want to tell alright let’s talk about what our goals
are for the next six weeks over the next six weeks we want to make a short
documentary about someone in our life and at this time we can’t reach out the
community and try to find the most interesting person so we’re gonna go
back to that theme of working from our own backyard who is it that we see every
day is it somebody we live with is it family member is it someone in our
circle who we see regularly who has an interesting story or an interesting
hobby or something they want to share and we are going to make a short
documentary about that person I think it’s important to remember that it’s
often not the idea it’s not just the idea that’s important really fantastic
films have been made about the simplest ideas and I find often artists and
musicians the more and filmmakers the more they work the more they really
become they don’t become more complex they often become more simple so reach
out to family friends people you’re around and let’s see if we can’t tell
their story below this video you’ll find more resources you’ll find links to
other videos that support some of the things I’ve talked about you’ll find
handouts you’ll find other notes and most importantly you’ll find homework so
there will be there will be a list of homework for you to do over the next
week to get us ready for the following week which is to actually do the
interview all right and until then enjoy stay safe
stay together stay creative and we’ll see you next week

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