What Is Creativity?

  • Erik Knudsen


On the basis of understanding the journey that an idea takes, this chapter will look to examine the nature of creativity itself in this process. Referencing anecdotal experiences and case studies from the StoryLab International Film Development Research Network workshops, this chapter will explore how patterns—personal prejudicial patterns, thought patterns, social patterns, patterns learned in schools, patterns learned in higher education and patterns emerging from peer pressure—limit creative acts and creativity. The chapter will then go on to explore ways of breaking patterns of thinking in order to come to an understanding of how creativity works in the practice of developing original, and personally relevant, film ideas. The role of play, courage, gullibility and humility will be central to this discussion, as will be the paradoxical need to place creativity within the context of an established language of film.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Knudsen
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  1. 1.University of Central LancashirePrestonUK

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