So, you sit down to write that killer story idea that’s been rattling around in your head for awhile. It’s new, it’s exciting, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. And then, after you’ve finished, you see a movie and there’s your stunningly creative idea — not identical, but close enough to make you wonder if someone’s been spying on your hard drive.
Preemptive plagiarism? Bad luck? Or something else?
Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson examines critical questions for writers, filmmakers, musicians — artists of any kind. What’s original? Is there such a thing? Or, is the creative process by definition derivative? Is even the most original story really a kind of mash-up of other stories already written?
What do you think?
And here’s part one.