Talking with Lauren Weinstein yesterday, she mentioned Stanley Kubrick shooting for 6 concrete images, or plot points, or sequences or something, that he tried to aim for in his films. Not sure of the specifics. Does anyone know what she was referring to?
Exactly. I remember Glenn Dakin saying this to me when I was a lot younger too. This is so important, but gets glamorized: "oh the romantic artist who channels the divine!" Instead, just be a creator who follows her impulses, who chases what moves her. You'll make some sense of your work, but it will make more sense of you. That's what you want.
"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don't bother concealing your thievery-celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: 'It's not where you take things from- it's where you take them to.'"
This story will continue on Act-i-vate in Mid September. Still drawing, and still recording the story in progress, and will post pages, comments, sketches and worries when we pick up properly on Act-i-vate. Stay tuned, early to mid-Sept.
In the meantime, I'll be posting more in the "storyclock" section.