Creative Spark: Ava DuVernay

Creative Spark: Ava DuVernay

DuVernay: IT’S INTERESTING TO TALK TO CREATIVE PEOPLE ABOUT THE WAY THEIR MINDS WORK. SOMETIMES IT SOUNDS KIND OF FREAKY. WHEN YOU’RE A CREATIVE PERSON AND YOU’RE NURTURING THAT WITHIN YOURSELF, YOU OPEN YOURSELF UP TO A LOT OF DISCOVERY THAT COMES FROM UNEXPECTED PLACES, WHICH IS REALLY WONDERFUL. I MEAN, FOR ME, THE WRITING

Creative Spark: David Seidler

Creative Spark: David Seidler

Seidler: CREATIVITY IS TAPPING INTO THE HIDDEN SOURCE. THAT’S WHAT FASCINATES ME — TO BE IN TOUCH WITH THE UNCONSCIOUS OR THE SUBCONSCIOUS POOL OF CREATIVITY. CAN I DIP INTO THAT WELL AND LIFT A BUCKETFUL OF IT? I’M A STORYTELLER. ALL OF US SCREENWRITERS, THAT’S ALL WE ARE. WE’RE NOTHING FANCY. WE CAN’T EARN

Creative Spark: Wendy Bricmont

Creative Spark: Wendy Bricmont

Bricmont: CREATIVITY IS THE FEELING THAT THIS DAY HAS BEEN LIKE NO OTHER DAY BECAUSE I’VE ATTEMPTED TO CONTRIBUTE TO BUILDING SOMETHING THAT’S NEVER EXISTED BEFORE, AND THAT’S AN EXCITING FEELING. WELL, AN EDITOR BASICALLY TAKES THE FOOTAGE THAT’S SHOT AND ASSEMBLES IT. EVEN THOUGH ALL THESE OTHER PEOPLE HAVE CONTRIBUTED, IT’S A NEW CHAPTER.

Creative Spark: Neil Patrick Harris

Creative Spark: Neil Patrick Harris

Harris: I DON’T KNOW WHERE OR HOW I CAN GIVE SPOILERS WITHOUT THE TASER COMING OUT AGAIN. SO… SO, NEIL AND CRAIG HAVE SEEN WHAT DIDN’T WORK IN PREVIOUS ITERATIONS. THEY’RE CONFIDENT IN WHAT DOES WORK, AND THEY KNOW WHY, SO THEY REALLY WANT THINGS THAT CAN ONLY HAPPEN ON THE SHOW, THAT YOU HAVE

Creative Spark: Deborah Cook

Creative Spark: Deborah Cook

Cook: WITH STOP-FRAME, YOU HAVE TO TRY A LOT OF NEW THINGS ALL THE TIME TO KEEP IT FRESH. EVEN IF IT SOUNDS OUTLANDISH AND NOT RIGHT, YOU HAVE TO BE KIND OF DARING AND A BIT RISK-TAKING. IT’S NOT A PLACE FOR THE MEEK AND MILD TO BE INVOLVED IN COSTUME DESIGN. [ SCREAMING

Creative Spark: Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith

Creative Spark: Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith

McCullah: WE DO NOT LIKE TO WEAR PANTS AT ALL. Smith: NOT EVER. YEAH, MOSTLY JUST WITHOUT PANTS. McCullah: WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME, YOU CAN JUST WORK IN A T-SHIRT AND UNDERWEAR OR A BATHING SUIT. Smith: THAT’S WHY I THINK YOU CHOSE TO SHOOT US FROM THE WAIST UP, RIGHT? ‘CAUSE WE’RE NOT

Foley Artists: How Movie Sound Effects Are Made

Foley Artists: How Movie Sound Effects Are Made

Lunsford: PEOPLE ARE OFTEN PUZZLED THAT THIS ISN’T ALL DONE BY COMPUTER. Stevenson: IN ORDER TO GET THE RIGHT FEEL OF A CHARACTER, YOU NEED TO REALLY KNOW HOW THEY’RE FEELING. Hecker: EVERYTHING THAT I CREATE ON THE STAGE IS ORGANIC, USING PROPS, AND RECORDED PRECISELY FOR THAT FILM. Stevenson: FOLEY IS THE ART OF