An idea is the heart and soul of anything you create. That’s what American documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock believes.
Spurlock, best known for his 2004 documentary Super Size Me, came to the Student Commons theatre on Feb. 10 to share his knowledge on the art of movie making.
He spoke to the audience about the tricks of the trade, his journey to success, and gave the audience tips on ways to get your idea out to the world, taking risks and never letting anything stop you from pursing an idea.
“As a filmmaker you have to accept the fact that you may have to take different paths to make your idea a success,” said Spurlock. “Don’t let money get in the way of your idea becoming a reality, and if one path leads nowhere just keep looking for new ways to make it come to life.”
Spurlock also emphasized the importance of authenticity, which he believes is key in order to stay true to yourself and your project.
“You’re not on a quest for original ideas anymore. Coming up with original ideas is easy, you’re really on a quest for authenticity,” said Spurlock. “And that’s what you have to be looking for in your quest to be true to yourself. You have to be able to give an authentic experience.”
This wisdom resonated with future filmmakers in the audience.
“I really liked his statement about authenticity versus originality,” said Evan Nip, a first year television broadcasting student. “That is a huge struggle for us as broadcast students, coming up with original ideas and not making it feel cheap.”
Spurlock was very adamant about the importance of staying true to yourself and always staying inspired no matter what the challenges ahead of you are.
“It’s so true what he said about needing to stay inspired,” said Brandon Schaus, another first-year television broadcasting student. “Even thought there might be points where you get discouraged, it’s important to stay true to yourself, stay true to your vision and just keep going.”