Merry Cooper
2 min readJan 30, 2023

When you are making films back to back it is very natural that at some point you will hit a blank point, where no new idea will come to your mind. Writers call this phase, “writer’s block”, and we call this “filmmaker’s block”. If you are an independent filmmaker you have no option to stop.

This is why we are here to present 7 brilliant ways to come up with new ideas each and every time!

1. Read Tales

Reading can make you wise and fill up with new ideas each and every time. So whenever you feel low on filmmaking ideas, read as much as you can! Ideas will find their way to you.

2. Watch Cinema

Watching the independent cinema of other fellow filmmakers can be a great source of entertainment and learning. What you can do is just take out your notebook, after watching a movie, write a review and keep that safe. Whenever you are low on ideas, these reviews will remind you of that movie and also keep you from making any mistakes.

3. Read or Watch Plays — Start with The Classics.

We keep saying it, but the best method to generate your own story ideas is to read, listen to, and watch stories. Plays represent the best storytelling. Without a compelling narrative, a play fails. So, learn from the greatest.

4. Get Out of The House.

Nothing is more stifling to creativity than spending the entire day indoors. Get outside and mix things up. You know right that all the greatest independent movie ideas were inspired by the outside world!

5. Consider The Specifics.

A good filmmaker must have good reading and writing sense too! Writing is about taking notes. Find a life detail, then use it to create a narrative. The most basic idea can serve as the basis of a short movie.

6. Adapt and Reimagine A Fable

If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, try retelling an old narrative. Even Shakespeare used fables and traditional stories as the basis for the majority of his plays.You certainly can take independent movie ideas from them!

7. Point a camera at something

Last but certainly not the list. Simply point a camera at anything and start recording if all else fails. Inspiration frequently comes from doing. Consider your original thought and follow it through.

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