Tag: documentaries

Finding Creativity: Documentaries

You’re stuck solving a creative problem. Everything you come up with feels derivative and uninspired. Attacking the problem head on is leading nowhere. What to do? Well, certainly not what you’ve been doing. I always like to take a step back (time permitting, of course) and immerse myself in completely unrelated. Inspiration can come from the strangest places, and I’ve found that watching documentaries about things I know nothing about can help me gain a different type of insight even if it’s not directly related to the problem at hand. Usually, that turns out to be the best kind.

I’ve assembled a short list of documentaries on a wide variety of topics you can watch for free online when you get stuck. After you watch one, go back to what you were doing. I hope it helps you as much as it helps me.
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Art & Copy: Inside Advertising’s Creative Revolution – A Review

Over the weekend, a family member recommended that I watch at Art & Copy, the 2009 film by Doug Pray. Pray’s film is a documentary look inside the world of advertising agencies, the creative minds who have shaped them, and the world of commerce they have defined over the last fifty years.
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