Saturday, April 3, 2021

Movies reflect human needs: Creativity

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Creativity


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Really? Creativity is a universal human need? Yes. As children of God--the Master Creator--we, too, are creative beings. 
The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. (Dieter F. Uchtdorf)
A movie about creativity that really spoke to me: Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019). I was in a dark slump and it helped me realize I needed to create -- I needed to write. It reminded me of a quote...
A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. (Franz Kafka)
I believe the same concept applies to non-painting painters, non-singing singers, non-performing performers.

Think you're not creative? Think again!

Creativity isn't just about the arts or what we typically consider talents, it's also about problem-solving, or being resourceful in using items we have on hand. 

What would happen to Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) if he doesn't find creative uses for the items washed up on shore in Cast Away (2000)? 

And in another Tom Hanks films, NASA uses creative measures to help the astronauts of Apollo 13 (1995) return home.  (Oooo... and that also applies for The Martian, 2015.)

How would Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) fare on his own without a good dose of creative thinking? (Home Alone, 1990)

And Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) finds creative ways to train in Rocky (1976).

The mother of a large family uses her creativity to enter jingle-writing contests, and helps her family through multiple tough financial difficulties. (Based on a true story, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio2005)

Also based on a true story... Spare Parts (2015). Several students in a high school robotics club enter an underwater robotics competition. They lack funding, but come up with creative solutions every step of the way as they build a rag-tag robot fit to go against college level competitors.

(I wrote "My Take" reviews for two of these films: Apollo 13 found here, and The Prize Winner... found here.)


How do you use your creativity?


(Note: The movies listed might not be completely family-friendly. See my "Movie Content" information on the blog's sidebar.)

16 comments:

  1. Wonderful and true quote: "A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."

    I use my creativity for flash fiction, poetry, and paper collage.

    My A2Z for today is here:
    http://tao-talk.com/2021/04/03/a2z-2021-day-3-to-cry-you-a-song-from-benefit-1970/

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    1. That quote is so true for me. When I get out of sorts, it often stems from neglecting my writing time.

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  2. A good way to think about these films - and a good selection of films too, a lot of favourites in there, especially Apollo 13. My creativity comes out in my writing and at work, and so I feel quite fulfilled!
    https://iainkellywriting.com/2021/04/03/the-state-trilogy-a-z-guide-c/

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    1. That's awesome... you are able to use creativity in your work, too! Like an extra dose of satisfaction at the end of the day, I imagine.

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  3. I only saw Apollo 13 and Cast Away out of all the movies you've mentioned but they really show how creative people get when they're desperate. I guess you can say desperation drove them to being more creative than they would normally be if they didn't have their lives depend on it.

    Have a lovely day.

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    1. True! I hope I'm never put in those kinds of desperate situations! I also think about how on Cast Away the time to sit and stare at an object can help creativity. Most of us lack that "luxury"... too many distractions.

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  4. Very good movies here.
    My creativity is expressed through quilting, fabrics, and work too ;)

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    1. That's wonderful, Frédérique! You share such creative ideas on your blog, too.

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  5. Great examples! Creating certainly feeds my soul!

    Janet’s Smiles

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    1. "Creating feeds [your] soul" and it shows in your smiles and your work!

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  6. I am always trying to convince people of this: that we are all creative beings who need to find satisfying ways to exercise our creativity. I am an artist and writer, and absolutely feel desolate when I get stuck not creating.
    Black and White: C for Camelot

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    1. Some people get stuck on what their idea of creative is and don't see it in themselves, huh. I know someone who beautifully wraps gifts, and finds unique ways to organize things, and yet doesn't consider herself to be creative.

      Thank you for your comment!

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  7. Love your quote by Kafka. And The Martian is a great example of a character who needs to be creative just to stay alive! I'm a writer, so that's my main outlet for creativity.

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    1. I've kept that Kafka quote handy for several years. It really struck a chord with me.

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  8. Trudy,

    Amen, I believe we are all creative spirits no doubt an inherited trait our heavenly Father instilled in us by design. Creativity comes in all forms as you pointed out. By the way, you mentioned some great films, many which we've seen, where the main character showed his/her clever creative side to fixing a problem(s). I have always been drawn to DIY projects but haven't done so much of that in recent years but I find others ways to fulfill my desires to create other than with my sketch pad and that's in the kitchen. This past year I've spread my wings a lot doing things I've wanted to do but never making the time needed. This has been a wonderful by-product of the pandemic. Too bad it took something like this to put a fire beneath me.

    If you haven’t already, I invite you to check out my Looney Tunes Cecil Turtle Art Sketch. Happy A2Zing, my friend!

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    1. What a wonderful by-product of the pandemic, indeed! I'd love to hear about the ways you spread your wings... what you made time for that you've wanted to do.

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