CUES published an article of mine yesterday on growing creativity through limitations. Here's a dose, or you can click through to read the full article:
In 1995 a couple of miffed Danish filmmakers got together and said, "We're tired of the effects and novelty and plastic pizzazz of Hollywood hijacking the most important thing about film: the story." And so they trimmed the fat. The two Danes were Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, and in 45 minutes they wrote the Dogme 95 Vow of Chastity, a 10-point manifesto that rejected overproduced gimmicks in favor of pure storytelling. The rules include shooting only on location with no props or sets, avoiding added sound or music, using only hand-held cameras, and filming in color with no special lighting (read the whole thing here). In other words, von Tirier and Vinterburg believed in placing certain limitations on their work and got great results. The first of the dogme films, aka Dogme #1, Vinterberg's "The Celebration," demonstrated the beauty of limitation and won the Jury Prize at Cannes, along with loads of other awards. Like von Trier and Vinterberg, we all need to embrace—and even self-impose—limitations to achieve a deeper creative focus. Unlike our Scandinavian friends, however, we don't have to declare all-out stylistic chastity. We can begin sketching our boundaries with a few rough outlines.» Inside Marketing: Drawing Lines to Color Inside Thanks very much, Lisa & the CUESers, for the opportunity.