1. Your brilliant idea


So here you are, on the first step of the long road to your graduation project. It’s now time to go an adventure…. to find out and try out new stuff, to challenge yourself and test your skills, to really push your creative talents.  A bit like this…

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Why? So that you find your best project idea ever. You will get the chance to discuss the form of your creative project with your tutor but examples can include (but are not confined to):

  • Short films (documentaries, non-fiction)
  • Screenplays (drama, poetry)
  • Multi-media visual installations
  • Performance (dance, music)
  • Radio drama or documentary
  • Multi-camera or studio based storytelling (using TV studio)
  • Photography

Whichever form you chose your idea MUST sound really interesting, say something new or different,  show integrity and substance, find your intended audience and be something              


Here are some ways to help;

FIRST you need a notebook (or blog or audio recorder)

THEN OPEN YOUR MIND AND LET THE WORLD IN…keep your eyes and ears open and whenever you see or hear something interesting – something that intrigues you, makes your curious – write it down. Even if it is just a sentence or thought, write it down.


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Read: stuff! Anything and everything – from conventional newspapers, magazines and novels to  biographies, science fiction, historical or political texts.  Also look out for published research facts and statistics – these often provide a good reason to look at a topic in more detail.

Watch: Look at stuff you normally wouldn’t. Get out of your comfort zone. Think about the reasons you the film/programme works and how you’d make it better

Listen: to speech radio like BBC Radio 4 and there are many great podcasts out there. Listen to the conversations other people are having around you – you will hear the strangest things!

Look:  go on inspiration trips – galleries, art house cinema, film festivals, installations, exhibitions, dance, and theatre. Record any ideas they trigger and think about the presentation and impact of the work you see.

Dream: wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea or something random? Write it down. Question your assumptions about the world.

Connect: make connections with all of the above to current/popular events. Make sure you are aware of current culture and the creative issues that concern society.

Stop looking at the same stuff everyday – go on a web search adventure!


The best stories say something meaningful about the world we live in. They say “life is like THIS!” Pursue this notion – not story for story sake

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Here novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.


Write it, blog it, record it.

Whichever way you decide to take your notes, make sure you revisit them notes often and spend the time to develop them further.

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  • Look at your notebook. What jumps out at you? Are there any recurrent thoughts
  • Draw a mind map of your inspiration research – is there a recurrent theme here
  • Think, contemplate, reflect on the points that appear the most pertinent to you

When you’ve found something that is all you think about, you know you on to something.



Source: 9 tips for coming up with creative ideas – nofilmschool.com


Further Reading:

19 ways to brainstorm ideas – Raindance.org 

How to generate ideas out of thin air – Wakeupcloud.com

Can creativity be manufactured? Try this automatic story generator  -. Plot-generator.org.uk

How to get a good idea for a short film – http://www.wikihow.com




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