Sometimes an editor/creative person/human being needs to reboot his mental computer. Often when work crushes you down with its repetitiveness and sheer volume…one can get stuck in a place of darkness and discombobulation. Up is down…and white is black. I find the best way to get out of that funk is to cut something random yet with a purpose. Take something innocuous and give it your voice. Take something normal and spin it on its head.
I like to find my random source footage on Youtube, Archive.org, the Prelinger Archives or any of the other numerous sites out there. I then use my coconut to retell the story…and make it mine. There are no rules, no formulas and no right or wrong. It is purely to mine your own creative depths and see what you come up with. For me…it is a cleansing experience and resets my thought process to be able to tackle any future challenges.
Here are 3 pieces I’ve used to creatively “Reboot” myself into the next endeavor…
Bjorn Borg teaches you the finer points of Global banking.
The British Pathe News Reels captured horrific events of the last century.
Screaming samurais-in-training provide the fodder for this relaxation technique.
During the process, if you can illicit some kind of emotional response from the cutting…kudos to you! I hope this helps you in rebooting your own creative juices once things start getting chaotic and hairy…Feel free to share your own remixes and experiments in the comments below.
Until next time…