December 29, 2015 Contessa Abono

5 Smart New Year’s Resolutions for the Creative Video Maker

As a video producer or filmmaker do you find that you are called upon to be in a constant state of creativity? This is one of the greatest gifts of working in an enriching career yet it can be a bit of a challenge to stay inspired.

If you feel like you haven’t been keeping up to par lately maybe switching up your routine is in order. It’s time for a new year, new resolutions and new inspirations to keep the creative juices flowing. If you can stick to a least one or two of these resolutions throughout the year it could add that extra oomph you may feel is lacking.

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  Resolution #1 – See real art

Go out and really SEE, TOUCH, HEAR art. Go to museums, see that art exhibit you have been pondering over. If you’re struggling with your creativity, there’s no better teachers than the masters.

  • Make it a resolution to visit a different museum each month.
  • Become a member at your local art museum and actually use the membership. Go to openings, they usually offer music, food and drinks. Can’t find a babysitter? Museums have kid-friendly activates too.
  • Walk around in your city or town and really look at the street art and graffiti or lack thereof. Try to see art in everything.

   Resolution #2 – Don’t be afraid of embracing technology

It can be intimidating to try out a new camera lens, drone or software. But hey, you’re a futurist. You’re about to ring in 2016, right? Ok then!

So what if you don’t get it right the first time? With technology many times the best way to learn is to just try it out for yourself.

Salvador Dali once said “Have no fear of perfection­ – you will never reach it.”

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   Resolution #3 – Find a community to work/share/collaborate with

Be generous. No artist is successful on his/her own. It’s important to remember that we are a part of a community and we get what we give. Films are collaborative by nature so you have got to be social in this industry.

Find places online if your city isn’t exactly a metropolis for the film community. Also why couldn’t these online connections transfer over to real life connections? Stranger things have happened.

Here’s some online starting points:

  • Creative Cow – upload your showreel, get feedback from this active community of professional media industry members.
  • No Film School – they have a board where you can ask questions, create a post to talk to others’ in this worldwide community of filmmakers, video producers and creatives.
  • LookAt– get feedback on your video projects in the works. Upload and share videos with groups and teams that can comment and annotate on the frames.
  • Shooting People – UK and US based community of filmmakers and video producers.
  • DV Professionals– A network of video production professionals and enthusiasts with groups, forums and more.

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    Resolution #4 – Experiment then experiment some more

If you hear “this is your work? It looks nothing like your work,” than take it as a complement. There’s nothing wrong with experimenting. You should also find a way to quiet your inner censor. You need to feel free to create. Art is a place for trial and error so stuff that self-judgment out of sight!

“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.” — M. C. Escher.

The movie Ex-Machina.

The movie Ex-Machina.

     Resolution #5 – Find ways to be a kid again

Yes, we’re getting another year older, but you should never let age be an excuse for not creating! “The artists is the child who survived,” said fellow artist Linea Christina Skura.

What is so great about being a kid? For starters kids have no responsibilities and their imaginations haven’t been squashed by a 9 to 5. As adults we have to find a way to get in touch with that inner child and never lose our sense of humor and spirit. Go on a walk in the rain, take a new dance class, do whatever it takes to move those creative juices and get in touch with your inner spontaneity. Don’t lose the kid in ya.

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Have a wonderful and creative New Year!

“We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.” – Ray Bradbury

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Contessa Abono Contessa is a journalist from the San Francisco Bay Area that specializes in entertainment, online and photojournalism. She has written articles, shot photography and videography for many online and print publications such as SF Weekly, The Guardian, Guitar Player Magazine, The Press Newspapers and Pinpoint Music. Her favorite genre of film is documentary, usually about the supernatural or pop culture. She is also an avid pecan pie and kitten enthusiast.