“We Should Write A Movie About This”
It’s Saturday Night with a regular group of friends, one that was nearly missed in favor of staying home. The previous week is a blur, and the evenings gelled together. An evening adventure was an effort decided out of guilt rather than intrigue, but it’s a proven pay off after story-esque events.
Suburbia prompts many opportunities for potential transformations. A garage is a place where cars sleep during the week, yet it’s also a notorious platform for shenanigans. There’s a cocktail of leftover fireworks, empty bottles, and an impromptu midnight pontoon ride to capitalize on the summer weather. The Police Live album is playing somewhere in the dark distance. Barely coherent on the floating deck, a familiar and persistent thought occurs: This should be in a movie.
Unfortunately, thoughts such as this one often pass by unrealized. This type of dismissal applies to many forms of artistic expression, inhibiting people from possibly making some extraordinary new contribution to pop culture. Many have the tendency to shelf creative aspirations for a number of reasons, but there are more resources than ever to help people extract and record greatness.
Most people acknowledge that creative ideas can be triggered by any number of different things. Unfortunately these inspirational places, experiences, objects, and sensory encounters don’t always occur in front of a computer screen. WritePad allows users to record notes onto their mobile device in their own handwriting, using a stylus or even a finger. Additionally, users are able to perform copy edit functions that can be selected and carried out with simple gestures. Aside from functioning as a notepad for idea retention, thoughts and excerpts can be organized, emailed, printed, or integrated into various forms of social media.
Websites such as ArtBoom and My Modern Metropolis can serve as valuable resources for inspiration and potential connections. These are examples of websites dedicated to featuring creative work. Updates include photography, art, music, cinema, architecture, and other elaborate forms of artistic expression. In addition to though-provoking material, visitors can get a scope of the work specific to their individual endeavors.
On the outside, GarageBand appears amateurish, due to its overall design and portrayal. In reality, the hands-on experience is very user-friendly. People with virtually no musical theory training or prior knowledge can easily pick up on the mechanics of recording by experimenting with the accessible tools. While the application offers countless high-quality pre-loaded instrument sounds, the value lies in the versatility of the program. There are multiple ways to achieve outside recording, and sounds can be easily manipulated. Additionally, the recorded tracks and files transfer nicely to professional quality programs such as Pro Tools. GarageBand is a useful tool to get people moving forward for various film audio projects including voice-overs, effects and soundtrack recording.
Accessible tools have caused more people to explore indie publishing. CreateSpace provides writers with an intelligent platform and the comprehensive tools necessary for self-publishing. Users are also able to select from various distribution options, specific to their needs. This allows for the possibility of publishing in specific formats (such as eBook only), while cutting agents and publishers out of the design process and budget.
While self-publishing has its share of advantages, it also comes with an added number of challenges. In this situation, marketing the product is the sole responsibility of the writer. Success is dependent on the author’s ability to do so, while understanding that any additional resources sought will be their financial responsibility. In spite of this, many talented indie publishers are experiencing success through crowdfunding websites.
Kickstarter et al.
Cost is arguably the biggest inhibitor of people moving forward with their aspirations. It stifles creative progression with an underlying notion that without necessary capital, all efforts are carried out in vain. These are a few reasons why crowdfunding is a successful new catch-fire trend. People have the opportunity to explain and market their creative ideas to the very audience they intend to appeal to. The campaigns are entirely funded by supporters and investors who believe in the value of the idea that is presented. This concept transcends multiple creative industries from technology to entertainment and publishing, essentially opening up the marketplace to the people.
Kickstarter is a great choice for those who have developed their product/goals and who can specifically express their monetary needs. Often times, successful campaigns share a sense of urgency. For example, perhaps an independent movie team needs to complete production in time to be submitted into a film festival, but they lack the financial resources. Their ability to provide detailed and timely needs can impact the likelihood of overall campaign success.
Creation is a difficult thing to master. The greatest successes influence entire cultures, and resonate deeply with many individuals. Often times, people find themselves discouraged, unsure of where to start. On top of that, personal ideas can be fragile while critics aim for scrutiny. There are any number of reasons to avoid attempting something, but there are also a number of developing resources encouraging people to try.