5 danger signs you’re in a Creative Rut


Loss of creativity happens to us all. We often can’t see we’re in a rut because we’re in it and all we see are walls, which are what forms a rut. Filmmakers are no different.

Sir Ken Robinson says that if you ask second graders “Who is creative?” , all the hands go up.  But if you ask the same question when they finish school, less than 10% raise their hand.

Here are some red flags to look for to determine if you’re creative work is in a rut.

  1. Do your ideas only appeal to your mom?
  2. Do your scenes always happen in the same locations? In a car? In a cafe? In the living room? In the park?
  3. Do your images look the same as what you’ve done it in the past?
  4. Do you shake your head at movies and say to yourself, “This piece of junk got funding?”
  5. Have you thought about taking that job at Walmart? or the Postal Service?

Maybe it’s time to shake your creative tree and see if some fresh ideas fall out.

We’re offering a special Cine Boot Camp “Breaking Out of Creative Ruts” on Saturday, September 7th at our studios, a block from Warner Brothers front gate in Burbank, Ca.

We don’t have all the answers. Far from it.  We have twenty-two proven methods to break out of creative ruts. The boot camp is for

  • filmmakers
  • directors of photography
  • still photographers
  • creative image makers

We’ll use “Active Learning” techniques just like in our other highly acclaimed boot camps.  That means there won’t be much talking.  There will be drills and exercises in a 30-page workbook to get the creative juices flowing again. You will walk away with new ideas.  In fact, you may find yourself on the Academy Awards stage thanking Fletch and that Cine Boot Camp you took back in 2013.


Ray Bradbury said, “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.


So don’t THINK about it.  Just SIGN UP.  This boot camp will pay for itself in no time at all.  Don’t stand by while your creativity flickers. Sign up.  As George Washington told his men when they were crossing the icy Delaware River to attack the British on Christmas,



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