Three glasses of wine in, one movie based on a popular young adult novel series, and twenty minutes into an Oscar nominated film from last year and creativity strikes. As the movie still played I stood up to move a knick knack from one shelf to another. Don’t ask me why, it just felt right. On the wall sat a tiny flying insect. I looked at it for a moment and then in one quick blow I sent it flying away.
That was the moment. The moment gave me an itch to grab my camera and film that exact action. It may have been the wine, but it felt like a moment in a film where our protagonist shows his humanity. I’m not sure what the story is, but that moment means something big. In the end it may be more character development than something to move the story forward. It is these small moment that I feel make good films great. It impossible for me to say if the film I write that that moment finds itself into will be great, but I think the important part is being able to identify those moments.
The more we can hone in on the small moments in story and character the more real our films, novels, and even songs will be. We have to be able to remember these moments and record them whenever and wherever we can. This piece is one of my ways to record my moments. I share them with you in hopes that you may be able better identify these moments in your life and use them in your work.
Creativity strikes when you least expect it. Harness those moments and use them. Write them down, record them by voice, or grab your camera and capture the exact moment if you can. The important thing is to be aware that they exist.
I’d like to end this by putting the cork in the boot and filling the bottle with water to clean it for recycling. That may not mean anything to you, but it felt like a moment to me. Cheers.