So in the end, I found the flow theory to be the most useful to use in terms of creativity and my work style. I found being aware of the concept of flow made me strive to reach this point during both pre- and post-production, making my workflow more efficient. I found this to be basically a way of working on a project and acknowledging that past a certain point your concentration would become complete, a condition that rarely happens during my work process. However it was good to at least try as much as I could for this.
I did not find the cut-ups theory especially useful, but this was mainly because I didn’t really find the right time or place to use it. This was also because I didn’t find I needed to call in new theories of creativity during the writing and storyboarding process. If I had needed to, this may have been a useful way of approaching it.
In summary, I chose to look at the ‘Cut ups’ theory of creativity by Brion Gysin, as well as the ‘Flow’ theory by Mihály Csíkszentmihály.
Brion Gysin, creator of the cut up theory and many more, was an English painter, writer, and performance artist born in 1916. At it’s core, his ‘cut up’ theory challenged you to look at either a finished or unfinished work of text, and either insert single words or lines of text to change the structure of the work, or simply fold the printed page to read the segmented text out of order.
Mihály Csíkszentmihály was a Hungarian born academic who was noted for his research into the states of happiness and flow. Csíkszentmihály’s flow theory was more involved with the process of thought and creativity, essentially outlining a state of thinking when you become completely absorbed in a project or work.
The cut up technique is defined in its most literal sense as cutting up and rearranging a text to create a new text. This was often used to provide an alternative to traditional writing and reading techniques. There are two main ways of applying the cut up theory, the first by taking a finished text and substituting words into the text. The second was by folding a piece of paper in half vertically and reading the resulting text.
Although I did not end up using this technique, I think the cut-up technique would have been most useful with dealing with my script development and storyboarding. It would have been a good way of brainstorming should I have hit any snags with the narrative, especially with being able to play with the order of things. The way it would work for me in this context would be to cut in different storyboard panels into a finished narrative, to see if they worked better than the original layout. Alternatively, with the script, I could have substituted either complete or parts of scenes into different places, thereby playing with the flow of the story. I could have also experimented with the fold in technique by folding pages in half and reading it back that way. However, I found during both script development and storyboarding that snags were minimal and I was not forced to look for new creative theories to come up with solutions.
Flow is defined as being in a state of total immersion in a thought, activity or project. To have ‘flow’ on a project, you are completely focused on the task you are completing, and feel enjoyment in experiencing the deep concentration on whatever task you are working on.
In attempting to use the flow theory while working on my project, I found it particularly useful in both pre- and post-production. In pre-production, I found to achieve a state of flow I had to prepare my space quite thoroughly, with an organised workspace so that I could easily get into work mode. I do find procrastination to be a problem with production paperwork though, so achieving flow was easier said than done most of the time. However, I feel that I ‘flow’ quite naturally when I work in the editing room, as this is the part of a project that I enjoy the most. Not only this, but you are able to control your conditions and therefore can maintain a quiet space where you can get into the ‘flow’ mindset. However, being on set as a director is a completely different story. I’m not actually sure how you could get into a ‘flow’ mindset on a shoot, with the amount of stresses, distractions, and decisions to make bouncing around. I think that would be the ultimate sign that you had mastered your craft, if you could be calm and collected enough on a set to achieve flow.
and also, the cutest little actor you’ll ever see - Dan Stow.
allow me to introduce Darcy Hegz as our lead, Max.
although it may seem like nothing has happened on this tumblr, that is because a lot of stuff has been happening in the real world. this week was the big week of shooting, and it wrapped on friday. still sinking in that the hard stuff is over and the edit can begin!
Just an example of the high quality of my storyboards.
Can you make out what is happening here? It is the raw passion of a man refusing a beer from his friend, instead choosing to drink water.
Our hero wants to sin. But before he can do that, he has to make sure he’s made of tough enough stuff to withstand what limbo or hell have in store for him. So he puts himself through a series of rigorous (home-made) tests, and figures out some kind of answer along the way.
*may be more than one line
the never ending to do list