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directing Is originality in film dead?

Hey my friends, wanted to know your opinion on this interesting topic! Many say that there is nothing new or original to be made in films anymore. That every idea has already been done, and that a filmmaker should embrace this fact in their filmmaking. What’s your thoughts on this? Is originality dead? Or does it still exist. This is relevant for film directors, producers, all of the creative posts in general.
 

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"Everything has been done" is a macro concept, not micro. You can still be original with parts of your story, the details, characters, editing, pacing, anything! When people say this they are talking about the big picture. The archetype or hero's journey, etc. Perhaps that has all been done, you can still be original.
 
We're all just re-creating the works of the ancient Greeks and Romans :)

In other words, I don't consider that to be a serious concern. I consider both of my features to be original, and hope your movie is as well.
Lol yeah that’s true. I like to believe that my movies are original as well. My personal opinion is that there is still a lot of room for invention when it comes to filmmaking. Still lots of space for innovation and adventure. Which especially is a thing that excites me to make films!
 
"Everything has been done" is a macro concept, not micro. You can still be original with parts of your story, the details, characters, editing, pacing, anything! When people say this they are talking about the big picture. The archetype or hero's journey, etc. Perhaps that has all been done, you can still be original.
Yeah your definitely right in my view! Reason I asked for your opinions is because quite a lot of filmmakers around me insist that there is no originality. They may or may not be right, always interesting to see others viewpoints.
 
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Nate North

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I've had this conversation many times in life, and I'll just give my defaut answer, not that it's too different than what everyone above has already said.

We've all heard the same stories over and over. Boy meets girl. They fall in love, girl kills boy with a circular saw. Girl steals a motorcycle and goes on an arson bender only to realize that a race of intelligent dinosaurs have emerged from a hidden chamber beneath the pyramid of Giza bent on destroying the LinkedIn headquarters to end the infinite stream of useless email notifications that woke them from their 10,000 year sleep. Sure, there's already a hundred movies with the same plot.

But the counterpoint is, you have to realize people have been saying this "nothing new under the sun" thing for a thousand years. And every day we prove them wrong. A few years ago, people said to themselves, every type of youtube channel has been done. Anything I do is just some second rate copy. Then Hot ones comes out, and Sean gets nationally famous for creating a show where people just eat hot sauce during an interview. Nobody saw that coming.


So every time you think there is nothing new to write, or imagine, someone will come along and prove you wrong, and that is how it will always be.

TLDR, don't worry about it, you're probably more creative than you think!
 

CamBlamo

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Everything we as human critters make is based on genectic, historic, cultural, ideation influences we gain from birth to death.

Passed down, on and on and on....
But, anything the indivudual does with all that info is theirs to shape and build and create in any way they want to.

So yes, looking at it broadly sure... Nothing original... But looking at it from the individual... That changes it slightly.
 
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