Steve Jobs once quoted Pablo Picasso as having a saying, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” Further, he said, “It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things humans have done, and try to bring those into what you’re doing.” What an awesome statement! Jobs then went on say that when he first started Apple he was openly shameless about stealing other’s great ideas. I agree wholeheartedly with his approach.
I live in a world surrounded by imagination and inspiration, a lot of which I derive from outside sources. Axl Rose, Elton John, Harry Potter, my dog, trees, Kobe Bryant, Peter Jackson, Kurt Sutter; they all inspire me in one way or another. The list is endless and diverse, and I wouldn’t have it any other way, and I’d be lying if I told you I don’t steal their ideas and make them my own. It worked for them, why can it not work for me?
I recently put together a short promotional video for my brother, Damin, that tells a little bit of his story and his impact on the game of basketball. A month or so prior filmmaker Branlin Shockey released a promo video for a potential new TV show starring Cam Hanes. My first reaction when I saw the video was, “Wow! Remarkable footage, that was cleanly cut and produced. And holy cow Cam Hanes is a killer. This piece is dripping with inspiration.” I really liked the message Cam delivered, and his back story was shockingly similar to my brothers, so I sent my brother the link to video, and we decided to do our best to create our own version.
We had a small window of opportunity to capture the necessary shots I wanted to help tell my brother’s story, but we accomplished our goal, and I’m very happy with our finished product. This was also my first film filmed with a Canon 5D Mark III, and the first piece I cut in Premiere Pro and made on a Mac.
My brother and I obviously stole the concept from Branlin and Cam, but we wanted to make it our own as well. That’s the unique part of stealing great ideas from someone you look up to; you have the opportunity to take greatness, and give it your own touch. That being said, I always give credit where credit is due, and this film would not have happened had it not been for Branlin’s awesome production skills, and Cam’s inspiring words and actions. If you’re in to quality TV production, then check out Branlin on Facebook, and if you’re looking for motivation to get out and attack life, then I encourage you to look up Cam on Facebook as well. Below is their film, check it out!
They both inspire me, and remember, good artists copy, great artists steal. Be creative, be great!