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Who was yur inspiration to make movies. Mine was the guys at corridor digital!
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lol biggrin
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I can't remember exactly...possibly Star Wars when I was very young. However, the film that got me properly interested in filmmaking technique was Jurassic Park, back in 1993. That was the watershed "I have to figure out how they do this!" moment, no doubt helped by the awesome 'Making of Jurassic Park' book that was released at the time.
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Cool The star wars movies all ways blew my mind when it came to VFX and special effects
Posted: Tue, 19th Oct 2010, 12:35pm

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My influence was... Army of Darkness. Yes. Honestly. I watched the film and just loved it and wanted to do something like that.

Since then, my style has developped into a really different direction, but Army of Darkness had so much vibrant kinetic power to me at the time (and skeletons! I love skeletons!) that it inspired me.
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Indiana Jones... first little movie I did was a Indy fan film. But the movie that made me realize I wanted to make actual films and beautiful films was 2001 for sure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4oPRHOfAw0 My Kubrick influence is very obvious sometimes smile
Posted: Tue, 19th Oct 2010, 2:49pm

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God and Aculag. And Jesus.
Posted: Tue, 19th Oct 2010, 3:00pm

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Atom wrote:

God and Aculag. And Jesus.
Sometimes I wonder just how much difference there really is between the three.

Sollthar's post is an interesting example - being influenced by one thing, then finding yourself going off in a completely different direction.

I suppose that's healthy: it means you're STILL being inspired, and you're not simply reacting to something you experienced when you were a child.
Posted: Tue, 19th Oct 2010, 3:24pm

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My original inspiration was and will always be (and probably was the same for Ben) Robert Rodriguez. We both read his book in middle school and had been making stop-motion movies for several years, but the idea of a Texan that went to the University of Texas, made a movie for so little money, made something cool, and hit it big with it always kind of dazzled me.

Since then I think RR has sorta fallen off/lost his touch, and I don't quite appreciate his older movies that much any more- but the inspiration, at least to seriously get into filmmaking, was there.

Then there's just the plethora of movie inspirations, which are more with looking at the work of Ridley and Tony Scott, two brothers, and their very unique movies to eachother, that gave Ben and I the idea to work as a dynamic.
Posted: Tue, 19th Oct 2010, 3:44pm

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Yeah, I think with Rodriguez, even if you don't always like his movies, you can always admire his style and approach to filmmaking.
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I grew up doing quite a bit of music performance, which lead to also doing community theater when I was younger. I was originally more interested in the acting aspect, which lead to me and a group of friends making our own films to be able to have something to act in. One of those friends enjoyed the movie making process, so he did most of the shooting and editing (making cuts by copying VHS tapes we'd filmed on to a new VHS tape with the scenes we wanted).

Years later, I became more interested in the movie making process myself, so I began working with different editors and as I learned more, my interest grew.
Posted: Tue, 19th Oct 2010, 3:49pm

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Sollthar wrote:

My influence was... Army of Darkness. Yes. Honestly. I watched the film and just loved it and wanted to do something like that.

Since then, my style has developped into a really different direction, but Army of Darkness had so much vibrant kinetic power to me at the time (and skeletons! I love skeletons!) that it inspired me.
This is still one of my all time favorite "fun" films. I just picked up Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness (on sale for $12) on Blu-Ray. We just watched Evil Dead 2, and while having a lot of film grain and somewhat inferior picture from 16mm, it still looks great in HD. I haven't watched AOD yet, but I'm lucky enough to have a wife who enjoys campy horror, so we're going to watch the AOD Blu-Ray this weekend.
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I think the first big influence for me was also Jurassic Park. I would have been about 6, and I can remember sitting in the cinema watching the credits and imagining my name being in there as one of the people who made the dinosaurs. That's what I wanted to do at first, make monsters for films.

Little Shop of Horrors also had quite an effect on me. Saw that when I was about 7 or 8. Loved making people act it out with me and planned on making my own version, built a hand puppet plant etc. At this point I had absolutely no idea how to make a film, and never really thought about it, just planned it all out and sort of recorded it in my mind.

Another one was Gremlins, which I saw when I was about 9 and became obsessed with. I plotted out a whole gremlins film set in my neighbourhood, recruited and rehearsed all the kids who lived nearby, built some props (including Gremlin puppet head), never filmed anything.

Then, another big influence was The Evil Dead, because it just had so much energy and it was inspiringly basic. It was easy to take apart and see how it worked, and I realised that all you needed in the most basic sense was a camera and people, and a little idea.

Since then, like Sollthar, my stuff has taken it's own course and I no longer want to make films like the one's that inspired me as a child, but the sense of excitement and inspiration I got from them has never gone away.
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Hollywood. I loved watching movies, so I decided to make my own.
Posted: Tue, 19th Oct 2010, 11:46pm

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A bunch of things inspire me to create film, simply can't pick one, and like others, not so much a "who."

The first film that made me say "I want to get a camera and start making movies" was 'Wild America.' Some late 90's film with Jonathan Taylor Thomas about him and his brothers taking a film camera around America to shoot wildlife.

In late elementary/early middle school I went from Lego Studios to consumer camcorder. At that time I was inspired by Steve Irwin, Spieldberg, Jackson, films like 'Bill and Ted,' et al, as well as the worlds created by Nintendo and Rare. I was also exposed to a lot of British independent films.

In high school I moved up to more of a full-production with a team, and I started to become inspired by comedies and more 'experimental' films including Brazil, The Prestige, American Psycho, Eternal Sunshine, No Country, Sunshine, etc; and Wet Hot American Summer, Rushmore, Superbad, and others. I was also inspired by my friends and some of my teachers and school work in Latin, Literature, and Psychology.

Since college, I haven't had a chance to shoot a film, my life's been in a bit of a craze, but the main "art" that inspired me in a new way was 'The Sopranos,' as it piqued my interest in the serial drama format.

But I seek inspiration in every series, film, song, book, article, conversation, artist, and photograph that I observe--or experience that I have. I fill tons of little notebooks to remind me of what inspired me, mostly personal experiences. Personal experiences are a much more important source of inspiration to me, but the sheer amount of good art in the world is overwhelming.

Sorry about the text wall, would've summed it up if I could have. Good topic, real nostalgic and interesting.
Posted: Wed, 20th Oct 2010, 12:04am

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AlamDV! I'm not one of those people that's always wanted to be a filmmaker - filmmaking for me is strictly a hobby. So back in grade 7 when my friend showed me a video of himself waving a lightsaber around, I was blown away. Thus started a series of seconds-long lightsaber videos, matrix parodies and terminator knockoffs. Wasn't until I was set straight here that I started getting into "proper" film, though I've yet to make a proper film anyway (D7000 + lighting kit soon should fix that, though).

As for current influences, I'd say Edgar Wright and Scott Pilgrim vs the World really really inspired me and is close to the style I want to have, but that's along with Tarantino's quirkiness and dialogue, and Nolan's mindbending scriptwriting style.
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Star Wars gave me my love for films. Lord of the Rings made me want to make them.
Posted: Wed, 20th Oct 2010, 10:14am

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Yeah, forgot to mention Lord of he Rings, that had a massive impact on me, absolutely huge. Also The Shining, and Kubrick in general.
Posted: Wed, 20th Oct 2010, 10:17am

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Nowadays, I'd say I am most inspired by the direction work of Clint Eastwood, who is my favorite director, and M. Night Shayamalan - despite the fact I think some of his films are really bad, I find his direction incredibly inspiring.
Posted: Wed, 20th Oct 2010, 1:13pm

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Awesome topic, really made me stop and think...

For me, it was "Blockbusters" (not the shop, not the big films, not even a specific film, but the cheap youth TV quiz of the 1980's in the UK). Although I owe the BBC's "Smileys People" a nod, too. And later, John Hughes...

I always loved the fact that TV could educate and entertain, and could take you places. As a child I went on the set of Smileys People where a couple of shots had been filmed in Nottingham, near where I lived. I can't have been more than 6-8 yrs old. An old cafe had been transformed into a slice of cold war communist Berlin - there were cobbles, girders, snow, Russian drinks cans, and wonderful illusion. That probably piqued my interest.

Then Blockbusters... aged 17 I had managed to blag a weeks work experience at Central TV, 250 miles from home, knowing noone there, but knew I needed to do it. And I didn't much care for the quiz, but seeing the studio floor production made it for me. Seeing how only stuff that was directly in shot was decorated - old plastic chairs and buttons off old gaming machines for the contestants, carpet that ran to the edge of frame but not an inch beyond it, leaving bare chipboard, etc. This taught me the wonder of the illusion of TV. How everything is fake and faked. Reality is not only optional, but subjective.

And later in life, a retrospective respect for John Hughes' 80's teen movies. He caught the moment, and understood simplified morals for teenagers. And he showed me the power of getting the soundtrack right. And funnily enough I now work occasionally for one of the bands he really broke to the bigtime, funny old world. Artistically competent, but right on the ball with tone and timing.

Great question, you really made me think!
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I have always been inspired by Alfred Hitchcock & Stanley Kubrick
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A very interesting thread but difficult to answer when you've been doing this hobby for over half a century.
I think my first visit to the cinema as a kid set me off .In those days it was a real treat to see films on a massive screen in a true plush theatre , usually one of the old music halls converted.
I loved to be taken on voyages of pure image magic to places throughout
the world and beyond , I still do.

I was also re-inspired when Alamdv was first introduced and I started
going down the road of PC editing etc.
Remembering and still getting gob-smacked when you just cross dissolve with a click,when in the early days it was an impossible feat for a hobbyist.
I'm still absolutely fascinated by the "new" PC graphics and effects that we can all play with now.

Who said the good o'l days.... smile
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I should also mention that FXhome itself is probably the biggest inspiration, and the reason my brother and I both went to film school after highschool instead of business school elsewhere.

We've been watching films here since we were 13, before I even knew there was a forum I was watching CX3's "The Matrix, An Untold Story" or "DXM", which I remember distinctly getting in trouble for watching during my eighth grade computer literacy class. Special effects were important because they marked the first notable paradigm shift between a totally amateur movie and something with higher, implacable production values. And in that respect, I think FXHome, at least for my own development as a filmmaker, was transformative. It allowed me to see people above my skill level, at my skill level, and below my skill level and let me try and make measurable changes in how I did things.

For instance, in 2004, I first saw FCRabbath's stuff. He wasn't using much more equipment than me, nor was he much older - so what made his stuff so good? To figure this out, we did a little 'reverse engineering' on his poetics - crisp, naturalistic camera and grading, religious undertones in theme, good acting - noticing these elements (and, more importantly, how they worked to help each other) in his work and the work of plenty of others on FXHome is honestly how I've gotten better; and why I continue to work at what I do.

Even recently, in summer 2009, I saw mmmprod's Zoa Teaser and noted how cool the lens flares were, and how making them present - and using EffectsLab - yielded quality, usable results. So what do you know........we've done lens flares in the past ten things we've shot. It took a year for us to check and double-check them being viable or worth using, but they are. And that's an FXhome inspiration right there.

It's also having a community of proverbial peers here. I got on this website the same time my brother did, same time Serpent did, and same time Evman did. We're all white, American males the same age who all had the same camera (GL1/GL2) and all wanted to do the same thing (make quality stuff, and be serious about it) but in different ways. And though the other two users maybe aren't as active here, it was interesting - and motivating - to track my growth as a filmmaker over a nearly seven-year period and match that against others who were attempting similar things.

And so that's how it goes. A mix of mild competitiveness and a widespread, active synchronicity of ideas here isn't how I got started being inspired - but it's largely why I have sustained inspiration everyday.
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Ya, I'm sure Fxhome had a part in it. I was already making movies before I came on here, but it was coming here that really got me to try harder to reach the next level.

Although Fxhome did hurt me more then it helped me at first. I mean, I just saw all these cool effects and I wanted to do them. I would plan out movies just for the sake of doing effects... movies that would never get made. Soon enough though I was passed that, and the community really helped me out.
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davlin wrote:

A very interesting thread but difficult to answer when you've been doing this hobby for over half a century.
I think my first visit to the cinema as a kid set me off


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HEE!HEE!...I left myself open to that one Paddy. biggrin

I'm sure there was sound on my first visit to the cinema...lol.
Guess the title of the film......ok....Mighty Joe Young..and it scared
the s...t out of me, had nightmares for years.
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Yeah, FXHome definitely planned a role in inspiring me, but that has only been the last few years. Certainly the members of this community have helped me to focus my film making and shape films less about the effects and more about the story, characters, plot, and convincing effects when necessary.

Also, I'm not sure that I would have accomplished as much as I have up until this point without the advice of some distinct members of the FXHome community who have helped me to combine my computer experience/skills and film making to create what I, and more notably others, think are helpful, well informed tutorials that have helped people on this site as well as in other places.

My original inspiration to really start film making came from television as well as a matter of fact. The Fox News studios in New York and watching behind the scenes material for movies had really led me to want to get involved in film making and make movies for myself. I remember starting out with an RCA 8mm tape camera in the '90s wiring VCRs/monitors and an old dimension desktop together to edit, making documentaries and short films and have progressed to where I am today. Jurassic Park and later Star Wars, like many of the others, inspired some fan films and an interest in visual effects, and other movies like I Am Legend and War of the Worlds in the past few years have provided a more modern inspiration of sorts for short films.

I feel as though I am still learning, as ever, and hope to continue my interest and hobby as an enthusiast film maker and progress to television production at some point. Great idea for a thread, brilliant really.
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Definitely Spielberg. Especially 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. There's something about the magic of Spielberg's classics that I can't find anywhere else. It told me that there's something spiritual about cinema. I've been addicted ever since.

The fixes that have kept me coming back are numerous, and I can name but a few. Tarantino, Nolan, (Wes) Anderson, and so many more.

“It’s an artistic calling. It’s a religion. You shouldn’t be doing it as just a day job, to pay for your pool or pay for your house in Barbados. You should do it when it’s special, when you’d die for the movie, when the movie is your baby.
Quentin Tarantino

Numerous other quotes on filmmaking have stuck in my brain for years. You can find them here.
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It started with me when i was a kid- my favourite film was Jurassic park, not so much for the story (It's still good) but all the dinosaurs- i must have been about 5 or 6 when it came out but i was hooked on them (My cousins used to hide behind the sofas , even though they were several years older than me)Once my parents had explained they weren't real i was transfixed on how they was made, i think that's pretty much what sarted it for me.
Then Lord of the Rings came into my life. It still is my favourite film because it just had everything, epic scale fights, costumes and storylines. You couldn't beat it. That's what inspired me to want to be an actor, so when i went to sixth form i opted for Drama, instead of the more sensible and useful subjects such as buildings works or business studies etc. During this time i used to think that directing was the worst part of the whole acting process, like a lot of teenagers i just wanted to be in front of the audience/camera. It wasn't until the dvd's of LOTR came out that i saw the pro's of being a director. The whole cast and crew seemed to be having the time of their lives- its even mentioned that the guys doing the chainmail sat happily for about two and a half years just weaving rings together.
I'd always had a passion for making things whether it was costumes for parties ( I went as Gandalf the green, i made a wig out of the net oranges come in and wool- unfortunately they only had green wool) or miniature wargaming, which i have to say has become far too expensive. It was LOTR that really opened my eyes to the behind the scenes of movies and now i can't buy dvd's unless they have a bonus section.

Another thing that inspired me was the cinema, me and my family weren't (And still aren't! ) rich enought to go to the cinema very often so it was a real treat when we did, i still have vivid memories of us all going to the cinema to watch Harry potter or Space Jam (Great film!) laden down with big bags of sweets from our local shop because the pic 'n' mix was too expensive and then when the film had done- we'd walk out the cinema, bleary eyed to the conveniently placed Mc donalds. It's always magical for me to see films in the cinema and i suppose i wanted to recreate that.
I think that we never stop getting inspired by new things, i know that i don't. Things that happen in the world, new films, television programmes all help you grow as an actor, director or costume maker and i reckon that's a beautiful thing and i hope i'll always have this passion for films.
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I also think Internet-Forums or generally places where you can exchange with others and even somewhat compete with people who are much better then you at what they do (and obviously, make you wanna get to that level at least!) have a great impact on someones experience and development as a filmmaker.

Especially if you, like me, live in a country that has very little of a film culture. So for me, some of the advanced german filmboards I joined around 2005 or 2006 (around when we started shooting NightCast) had an incredible impact and inspiring effect on me when I saw that even home made independent films could look great, have powerful acting performances, tell excellent stories and where just really well made on a level that made me jump up and really try to up the game. It still has that.

So it's not as much the cinema experiences that inspire me, but the people behind really top quality independent flicks. People like who are average joes like me who still do amazing work. I find that great! cool
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mercianfilm wrote:

It was LOTR that really opened my eyes to the behind the scenes of movies and now i can't buy dvd's unless they have a bonus section.
I don't think this factor can be over-emphasised, to be honest. The DVD (and now blu-ray) revolution is going to have a MAJOR impact on movies in the next 10-20 years. It's the first time in cinema history that anybody can get a decent film theory education without having to attend some kind of film school.

Whether it's a Robert Rodriguez DVD showing you how to do things in a DIY fashion, Lord of the Rings breaking the entire production down into an epic 6-disc documentary or historical commentaries on classic films, there's a wealth of amazing material out there now that ANYBODY can get hold of.

Cast/crew commentaries, for example, are astounding things. We take them for granted a bit now, but before DVD there was no way most people would be able to have a director give a personal lecture on his own film.
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Yeah i forgot to mention that Sollthar, before i joined Fxhome i had no idea what to do...literally. I had the premise of the film, how i'd make the costumes and stuff but no idea about financial or technical idea of how i was going to make my film. I have to say though i come on these boards everyday if i can, not to reply to stuff but to read about peoples experiences, their mistakes, how they achieved a specific effect, what camera to use, which software and how to manage actors (For which your guide to film making has been especially useful! ) all these things i've stored somewhere in my head for when i do finally get round to making my film and i truly believe it's been invaluable! This is what's inspiring me today on a daily basis.
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Well, to be totally honest, FXhome was a large part of what inspired me to be a filmmaker. It all started back when I first watched the "Empire Strikes Back" (at the age of four), and went on to adore the original trilogy until (of course) the prequels. After episode three, I was dying to find how to replicate the light saber effect. I fell upon a link somewhere that hooked me up to AlamDV2 (which was by then, Effectslab). Instead, I sort of fell in love with the idea of green screen, so I purchased CompositeLab Lite. Except I sort of purchased the Mac version on accident. I went on the forum asking for help (the staff was wonderfully helpful) and found myself browsing the forum and cinema soon after. A lot of videos from the cinema inspired me to make some sort of intelligent video that wasn't just a gun fight. And then I found Sollthar's Filmmaking Guide. It was the single largest insight into film making I had ever read, and I haven't been the same since. wink

So, cheers to FXhome. You hooked me in with your software, but you inspired me with your community.
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...and M. Night Shayamalan - despite the fact I think some of his films are really bad, I find his direction incredibly inspiring.
My thoughts exactly, Sollthar. I don't remember what made me want to make movies, it probably was a mixture of Star Wars and Jurassic Park because I grew up on them.

It was much later when I realized that I wanted to make more than films, I wanted to make art and use films as my medium. Shayamalan helped me realize what style was, even if his last few had none of it. I really didn't know what the heck I was doing until I joined FXhome though. Great topic smile