Who makes you, you?

An insight into the passion

Harriet Turbman
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”-Harriet Tubman

I attribute much of my passion for film making to perhaps three specific pieces of media encountered in my life. In these moments I believe my own inspiration as a film enthusiast was formed, not only as an audience member but as someone who would want to create and tell stories.

Superman the movie Poster
Superman saves Lois (1978) Warner Bros.

‘Superman the movie’ was one of the first movies I really lost myself in. The tag line, “you’ll believe a man can fly” really did embed itself in my mind as a child. The combination of the Striking score by John Williams and the visceral depiction of one of my childhood heroes, created what I like to call, the ‘imaginative’ inspiration. Watching all these seemingly impossible feats being performed right in front of my eyes exceedingly blew my mind at the time. Developing a love for creating and developing worlds that no one had previously seen.

Jurassic Park Poster

Which brings me to my second source of inspiration. ‘Jurassic Park’ is the accumulation of in my eyes everything needed to make a perfect movie. The movie simply only gets better with age. When I was younger, it was part of the imaginative inspiration. Seeing dinosaurs resurrected set off all kinds of joy in my mind. Yet as I grew older with time, I was able to understand the movie more. Taking in the beautifully crafted yet simple story paved out by Steven Spielberg, told in such an effortless fashion. I like to refer to this as my ‘coming of age’ inspiration as this movie helped myself transition from a state of innocence, to an almost critically able young adolescent.

The Last of Us Poster

Bringing forth my final milestone of inspirational influence. Seemingly enough, it was not a film but a video game released in 2013. Directed by Neil Druckmann, ‘The Last of US’ was where I really became inspired by character. This game truly presented me with some of the best character development, story telling through the characters, a deep look into the psychology of the characters presented and even the subtlety in storytelling. This is what I like to refer to as my ‘grit’ or ‘adulthood’ inspiration. This piece of media really made my think and even question my own moral sensibility, challenging what I had previously conceived about how to tell a story.

These three pieces of media have served as my inspiration into the art form of story telling. They have helped both grow and inspire my love for telling a story. Not only that, but challenging the way I create these worlds. These characters. They helped form the basis of my imagination and yet cemented in my personal views on how I want a story to be told. These are my inspirations that led me to my passion.