Stanislavski’s system is an approach to acting developed by Constantin Stanislavski (1863-1938), a Russian actor, director, and theatre administrator at the Moscow Art Theatre (founded 1897). The system is the result of Stanislavski’s many years of efforts to determine how someone can control in performance the most intangible and uncontrollable aspects of human behavior, such as emotions and art inspiration. (via aestheticmythology)
Rainn Wilson: I think “creative blocks” come from people’s life journeys. If you don’t know who you are or what you’re about or what you believe in it’s really pretty impossible to be creative…
I think the best advice is you have to change your life up completely; to go on a trip, to go spend a year being of service. Be willing to take some major drastic action to get you out of your comfort zone and go inside, not outside.
I read an article earlier today entitled, “Wake up, Geek Culture. Time to die.” It was featured on the IMDb Hit list, and I felt as though it was a rather clever lament to the loss of culture in our society by Patton Oswalt. Now, I’m not very familiar with the guy, but I think he did have a few interesting things to say and while he did go a bit overboard at times, his article got me thinking.
A quick summary for those who won’t take the time to read his article. :) He’s basically saying we’ve become a culture of sequels, spin-offs, and spoofs lacking originality and creativity. He thinks we’re heading for a meltdown, and I have to say I kind of agree. If the quality of movies, music, etc., doesn’t improve, I’m almost scared to think about where our culture might go.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m just as into pop culture as the rest of you. One look at my blog will quickly solidify that fact. I have pictures of cute teacup cookies and Hello Kitty cupcakes. There are pictures of Robert Downey, Jr. and The Office, and yes, I will admit that some of the things I have posted are there just because I thought it was cute…and yes, many of the above mentioned things have been blogged and re-blogged about hundred times before I even stumble across them. Talk about recycling?
Yet, underneath all this cute fluff of pop culture, I think we’re just a generation completely overloaded. We crave creativity, and we get a remake. We try to express ourselves, but someone’s already done it that way. We’ve been conditioned to feel that creativity and expression are remakes and mashups and whatever else you can find on youtube.
Now, let’s hit the brakes for a minute. Before anyone comes after me with a pitch-fork, give me a minute to step back and explain myself. I’m not saying that we’re completely incapable of being creative. I see creativity all the time, everywhere, and yes, it can come from anywhere. What I’m really talking about is seeing something that actually has heart and soul behind it. I don’t even care if that sounds dorky. It’s true.
We live in such a commercial culture. Maybe what I’m really trying to say is that we need to return to the days when things were done out of the actual love for that particular thing instead of the desire for money or power or whatever. We need to get back to quality instead of this endless overload we’ve been experiencing for so long. Instead of Saw XVII, let’s make something completely original and stop excepting this sub-par quality that’s invaded our generation.