Going down the rabbit hole - Finding inspiration
As a filmmaker, inspiration is one of the most valued treasures. Whether it’s for a short film, concepts to pitch to a client, or even a feature, inspiration is something that we are always searching for. It’s that spark, that little idea that can lead to something big. Sometimes it's something as simple as a sound, or the way something makes you feel that can give you the creative push that you’ve been searching for.
There are many things that I fall back on for inspiration. The one that I have had the most success with, without a doubt, is Vimeo. After all, filmmaking has always been a collaborative effort, why should the way we find new ideas be any different. Unlike YouTube where you can spend an evening watching cat videos and fail compilations, Vimeo is a place where serious filmmakers place their work. You can spend hours upon hours watching amazing content that you most likely cannot find elsewhere. You can find many commercials before they've made their television debut. Many of which are international spots that you would never see on American television. It is also the place where short films go to live after they have completed the festival circuit.
Anyone who has spent a considerable amount of time on Vimeo is familiar with the saying “going down the rabbit hole”. In most situations that saying has negative connotations, but with Vimeo it can be a very eye opening experience. The way it usually happens starts with me looking to see who directed a piece that I enjoyed. Which leads me that director’s vimeo page where I usually click on their “liked” videos. Usually one of those videos will catch my eye, causing me to see who directed that piece. Down the hole we go.
Vimeo also has many features that allow you to be productive with your time. You can add videos to categories to help sort out the things that you like. For example if I really like the way that a video is graded I will add it to my “Color” category, or if I really like how a piece’s audio sounds I will add it to my “Sound Design” category. This way when we are bidding on a project that calls for a certain feel I know just where to look for references. Staying organized is huge key to coming up with new ideas on the spot.
Written by: Kurt Schneider, Director and Producer