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Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 2:00am

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Hey Guys,

I am having a directors/writers/movie idea block or whatever you want to call it. How do you guys handle having a drout for ideas. What do you do to get an idea for a movie/film?
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 2:03am

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When I have writer's block I open the closet in my bedroom and take out the back to it, and enter Fargnerland. It's a magical place, and so many odd things happen there, I make them into movies!

In all seriousness, ideas just come to people either out of nowhere, or seeing something that leads to an idea. That's how it is for me. I can't think of some sort of thing I "do" to get ideas. You could try looking through a newspaper, and elaborate on a headline, or something like that.
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 4:24am

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When I run out of ideas or get writer's block when writing a script, I either try to recollect my favorite movies and what I like about them, then watch them, or go for a walk to daydream a little- that helps a lot- daydr4eaming, it's how Mary Shelley came up with the book Frankenstein's Monster. I also look to this handy little book I bought off of Amazon called How to Shoot a Feature Film for Under $10,000* and not go to jail. It's informational, but some parts of it are so funny that the author is hard to take seriously. Like in one chapter he says that if you run out of ideas, just add a lesbian love scene that ends in murder. It's a good book to read if you want to learn about the film business and get a good laugh. By Bret Stern and well worth the 11 bucks I paid for it. Search Amazon.

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Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 4:33am

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Take three "key" words, and write a short story based on them. Then evolve that into your script.

That or take a LOT of drugs, and write a lot of stuff down.
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 4:37am

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One of the best things you can do is get outside and walk around randomly. look at all the stupid things you never look at etc... go to a park and look at stuff - just random stupidness

other than that maybe watch a movie - or just take a big break from doin whatever it is then come back to it later

-MAGIC
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 8:22am

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Go and try and find a location.

Sit in the new location and have a think.

It'll all come flowing in no time wink
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 9:37am

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I watch movies with similar scenes to the one I'm working on. I was storyboarding an action sequence yesterday I had a good piece of inspiration, which I got from remembering a few shots from "The Wild Bunch" but then I hit a drought, couldn't get any real ideas out. I've not overcome it yet, but I don't force it, the ideas'll just naturally appear. I don't like to force my way through a block like that the stuff I write and direct seems forced and stale, it's best if you can just sit it out until something happens.

Sometimes though, just keep working and maybe an idea'll grab you and you'll take off. There's not set way of getting round this, just roll with it.
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 10:09am

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I just go over what I've done and a logical continuation comes. Sometimes I take ideas from short stories I've written in the past and incorporate them.
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 2:13pm

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MovieGuy334 wrote:

Hey Guys,

I am having a directors/writers/movie idea block or whatever you want to call it. How do you guys handle having a drout for ideas. What do you do to get an idea for a movie/film?
I find that just talking to people is the big one. Listen and watch people in the way they say and do things.

Another approach is not to write anything at all. Just make a storyboard. Visualize scenes in your head. Within each storyboard, start putting together the words that would make sense to you in telling a story that fits within that storyboard.

Anything can be a story. Your life is a story that is on-going.
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 2:35pm

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Eat a whole slab of cheese some raw eggs and drink some dodgy milk just before you go to bed. You will get food poisoning and have some crazy mad hallucinations.......

Only joking, although cheese does quite often cause me to have some mad dreams.
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 2:47pm

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Two_Gunned saint wrote:

I was storyboarding an action sequence yesterday I had a good piece of inspiration, which I got from remembering a few shots from "The Wild Bunch"
MAKE THIS MOVIE NOW!!!!

Anyway - to keep on topic - i usually listen to music and see what scenes it opens up in my mind - if a good scene comes from it then usually i can almost piece together the film using music from my collection - then when im writing the scene i like to just sit down and hit repeat on that particular song - i find it give me a rhythm and a pace that feels more natural - then the information i want to be given from the scene in particular is leaked out at a reasonable pace - not forced (obviously this requires a million drafts - repeated writings galore).
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 3:23pm

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Sniff some rubber cement and space out for a couple hours. Then run into a wall. Nah, j/k. Man you guys have strange ways to get ideas. I generally do the same thing as ben and Magic man. It REALLY helps you think. smile

EDIT: does anybody know why my FULL post didnt come up? the last sentence was cut short the second timei entered the thread, but I'm POSITIVE I wrote it.

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Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 3:52pm

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I have a greate imagenation, and I'm not the only one, so take your time and do it for fun

It helps...
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 5:43pm

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Two_Gunned saint wrote:
I was storyboarding an action sequence yesterday I had a good piece of inspiration, which I got from remembering a few shots from "The Wild Bunch"


MAKE THIS MOVIE NOW!!!!

I plan to, we've been doing well recently. Thanks.

You could do what the Coen brothers did, when they had writers block they made a movie about writers block instead.
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 6:51pm

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ghevans wrote:


Anyway - to keep on topic - i usually listen to music and see what scenes it opens up in my mind
Same this here, Music is a big insperation!
I can get loads of ideas lissening to some stuff, I write loads of script, I guess it's like a dairy for me, so much stuff is from my own experience.
Put on some music that fits to the movie you want to do, and just write down everything that pops onto your mind!
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 10:48pm

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Thanks so much for you recommendations. I will try them (except for the drugs and rubber cement sniffin idea, sorry).

Thanks Again
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 10:55pm

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Everytime I need motivation or need to get into the thinking process I always turn to music. I find listening to nice easy mellow music gets the gears turning, i can listen to all the punk hard banging music a time of maybe stress. A really good CD i love listening to when it comes to sitting down and working is Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism very enjoyable and different. Also the Garden State soundtrack is very mellow listening and inspiring.

Another thing that inspires me alot if watching the making of something... I just downloaded the Anatomy of the Scene on Garden State, its half an hour of how they did Garden State... definitly inspirational!
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 11:48pm

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wdy wrote:

A really good CD i love listening to when it comes to sitting down and working is Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism very enjoyable and different.
Wow.. I wish Transatlanticism inspired me. Don't get me wrong, it's great, but not too inspiring in my opinion. I had "Title and Registration" stuck in my head all day today. Got quite annoying... smile

For me, the best inspirational music is jazz. Pop in 'Round about Midnight, by Miles Davis, and let the juices flow. AAAAAWWWW YEAH!
Posted: Mon, 13th Sep 2004, 11:50pm

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wdy wrote:

Everytime I need motivation or need to get into the thinking process I always turn to music. I find listening to nice easy mellow music gets the gears turning, i can listen to all the punk hard banging music a time of maybe stress. A really good CD i love listening to when it comes to sitting down and working is Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism very enjoyable and different. Also the Garden State soundtrack is very mellow listening and inspiring.

Another thing that inspires me alot if watching the making of something... I just downloaded the Anatomy of the Scene on Garden State, its half an hour of how they did Garden State... definitly inspirational!
Hey, the Garden State soundtrack is good. I also recommend "Such Great Heights" by the Postal Service, "Let Go" by Frou Frou, and "Love Will Come Through" by Travis. (all of which are on the Garden State trailer smile )

Hey wdy, where did you download that BTs for Garden State?

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Posted: Tue, 14th Sep 2004, 12:33am

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And there are MUCH better songs by all of those groups, atom. Heh.
Posted: Tue, 14th Sep 2004, 2:20am

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atom wrote:


Hey wdy, where did you download that BTW for Garden State?
I bought the CD...

The Great Height song on the soundtrack isn't the same as the one in the trailer. The one in the trailer is a remake the one on the soundtrack is the old one. I also own the Postal Service CD which has the new one on it and its got a bunch of other really great tunes as well.
Posted: Tue, 14th Sep 2004, 2:55am

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wdy wrote:

The Great Height song on the soundtrack isn't the same as the one in the trailer. The one in the trailer is a remake the one on the soundtrack is the old one. I also own the Postal Service CD which has the new one on it and its got a bunch of other really great tunes as well.
You're got it backwards. The one in the film is a remake by Iron & Wine. The Postal Service put out a single CD for Such Great Heights, and it included a cover of Such Great Heights by Iron & Wine (The one in the movie), and also a cover of We Will Become Silhouettes done by The Shins.

Sheesh. If you are going to talk about something, make sure you know what you're talking about! smile
Posted: Tue, 14th Sep 2004, 8:12pm

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Aculag wrote:

wdy wrote:

The Great Height song on the soundtrack isn't the same as the one in the trailer. The one in the trailer is a remake the one on the soundtrack is the old one. I also own the Postal Service CD which has the new one on it and its got a bunch of other really great tunes as well.
You're got it backwards. The one in the film is a remake by Iron & Wine. The Postal Service put out a single CD for Such Great Heights, and it included a cover of Such Great Heights by Iron & Wine (The one in the movie), and also a cover of We Will Become Silhouettes done by The Shins.

Sheesh. If you are going to talk about something, make sure you know what you're talking about! smile
Sorry sir, i don't have all the knowledge in the world. But i made my point that its good music.

Correction the one in the trailer is the one by Postal Service
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2004, 5:56am

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No hard feelings, eh?
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2004, 7:43am

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How do I come up with great Ideas?

Two things that work really well for me are:

Method 1: Smoke some Cannabis sativa

Method 2(for WAY better ideas): Eat some Psilocybin Musrooms


Always works for me smile
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2004, 4:44pm

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*Gasp!* DRUG USE?
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2004, 7:26pm

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orion0340 wrote:

How do I come up with great Ideas?

Two things that work really well for me are:

Method 1: Smoke some Cannabis sativa

Method 2(for WAY better ideas): Eat some Psilocybin Musrooms


Always works for me smile
Try mixing wink
Posted: Wed, 15th Sep 2004, 8:23pm

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wdy wrote:



Try mixing wink
I think the ideas the by combining the two would be way to intense for the unaltered mind to handle tard
Posted: Thu, 16th Sep 2004, 3:56pm

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Clearly you've never seen a David Lynch film.