Call it a new years resolution, but I’ve been thinking about trying to be more curious this year…actively curious…
Curiosity is a basic human emotion. We are all seemingly and fundamentally curious as a species. To try to understand when we don’t understand…
Curiosity is therefore a driver of both creativity and storytelling itself…To discover “what happens next” is one of the basic tenants of storytelling. It’s what causes us to “lean into” a story….once we’re fed a little information, we all can make connections and assumptions about what may happen next. And we need to know what happens next. We also like to be surprised.
I think this is also why self directed multi linear narrative will never replace storytelling
Back in 2011 I made a new years resolution to actively take more risk with my work.
Curiosity seems to be the corollary of risk.
In the most literal sense I guess I can apply this to the technology and process of filmmaking. I can be curious about cameras. I can be curious about lenses. I can be curious about lighting. This is all the tech stuff.
I can also be curious about story. I can be curious about the story world itself…
So I’m aiming to make 2014 the year of the curious. Yeah yeah I know it’s March already, but better late than never !
“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”
- Albert Einstein
Curiosity is a fundamental tool every cinematographer should have and nurture.