Tuesday, January 18, 2011

“Freedom restricts; but limits set free.”

(Quote from one of my teachers at Vancouver Film School!)

It means you need a skeleton for all your creativity to hang off of. A random blob of creativity is a nightmare to sort through or jump back into after you’ve taken a break from the project – but if there is a designated design for a project's construction, the steps are essentially already laid out.

In martial arts, having a lot of heart is great but if you flail around with no technique you’re going to get your butt kicked. Once you know the technique – the “skeleton” or structure of the sport - heart will make all the difference. Another example: painting – having a canvas sure helps.

I’ve been thinking lately that having “folders” within a creative project would be super helpful to organize the different areas of thought, and for making the whole thing aesthetically pleasing and easy to work with. Websites are great for offering layouts. The only downfall for posting things online is that people might steal your brilliant ideas.
(Don't steal my brilliant ideas! But you're welcome to the crappy ones: example, "I wonder if I can swallow a grape whole?")

There could be links for:
-character profiles (descriptions, drawings)
- scenery photos/paintings
-music/scoring ideas/inspirations

And then I thought (watch this thought process – it’s insane. Although you will have to decide if “insane” should be taken in a good way or bad way by the end of this):

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could lift all those elements out of the website and make them real?

You’re office (or “bedroom-office” as most of us have) could be a creative workspace with doors (the real-life version of "folders") all around the walls. One door would be filled with music; another with jars. Each jar holds the smell of a different memory, and you could pull out the smells and the music you want to invoke in a particular piece of writing. Another door could be filled with cold mist; another with warm sunlight; another with a giant, living, purple elephant, just in case you wanted to remind yourself how soft and slippery his fur is.

It would be like an epic version of kindergarten stations. Remember those? At one station you would write, at another you’d paint, at another you’d listen to music. At another you could play in the sandbox while playing with the paints; and then the last station would be sitting on the dunce stool after getting in trouble for painting the sand green.

Stepping back to reality (a bit) I started to wonder: an office like that would be an attraction in itself.

What if you completely decked out a building and transformed it into an interactive set for the public? There would be a series of movie projectors and screens so that you’re IN a movie, literally. You can feel the wind, and smell the rusty wagons beside you. The fog thickens, and you detect movement on one of the screens. Gunfire grows louder. And then, like a choose-your-own-adventure-book or interactive film, you make the plot of the movie unfold around you. You personally live through the experience.

I know they ("they" being intentionally unspecified people who I unfortunately haven't made contact with) have already made interactive films... and there are already movie attractions where sprinkles of water and little puffs of air assault the audience... and the military has full-out simulations to train their staff (can military people be called staff?) – but what about for entertainment value?

If people pay money to see what a dragon looks like on the big screen, surely they’d pay for the chance to interact with one, even if it’s just a hologram or an image on a screen - right?

And if technology comes up with a way for us to experience riding on a dragon’s back, that would definitely sell. C'mon technology!

Too bad people wouldn’t pay to walk into an empty room and learn to “imaginate” (imagine/meditate) about flying on a dragon. Or would they...??? Hrmm...

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