3 ways to spark ideas for videos
It’s often hard to know what to film. You really want to make something, but you’re just staring at the record button on your phone and nothing is springing to mind. You’re resisting the urge to film your feet, but it’s becoming more and more tempting.
The great thing about “creating stuff” is that there are no rules – you can do whatever you want, however you want. But sometimes this can be the hardest part. Coming up with an idea out of nowhere can feel impossible. This is a dilemma that every creator faces at one point or another. Every artist, writer, musician, filmmaker, every creative type, struggles with writer’s block.
If you’re so stuck that you can’t just start and hope for the best, try turning to brainstorming. It’s a great way to loosen up your brain enough to get unstuck.
Here are three brainstorming methods to try the next time you find yourself staring at a blank screen:
- Create a list, as long as you can, without judging your ideas at all. Write down every idea that comes to mind, no matter how bad, silly, or far-fetched it seems. When you’re done, go through the list and mark all the interesting ideas. Pick the one that intrigues you – or scares you. Maybe you have a general topic you want to explore, but you’re not sure how to go about it. In this case, you can brainstorm interesting ways to explore your idea or topic. Create another list, focusing on methods rather than content. How can you make this idea interesting? How can you make it unique?
- Brainstorm on the job. You can always brainstorm while shooting something – just keep asking yourself questions. What if I put the camera over here? What if I used this piece of furniture to frame the shot? What if I got up close to the character? Explore your ideas, even if they seem weird. Sometimes the strangest, most random-seeming ideas end up being the most powerful.
- Try giving yourself a constraint to work with. Constraints can be extremely effective in sparking creativity. For example, if you are told to draw something and given a blank piece of paper, it’s often hard to come up with an idea of what to draw. But if you are told to draw something specific, like a hippo, it’s easier to come up with interesting ideas within that framework. So the next time you’re really stuck, assign yourself arbitrary constraints to see if that sparks any ideas.