It is so important to develop clarity in practice of creativity. Filmmaking is a practice. Just like dance or songwriting or painting are practices. It takes repetition and exploration to develop ability. The best creativity often comes in a flash of inspiration. So it is in the creative person’s best interests to pay attention to what she focuses on and to develop inspiring work habits and routines. For filmmakers, the only way moments of inspiration are going to show up is if you show up for them. We’ve put together this list of essential habits for filmmakers to help train your mind, body and soul for constant productivity and inspiration.

“The subconscious is fuelled by lived experience and exposure to people, places and ideas.”

The subconscious is fuelled by lived experience and exposure to people, places and ideas. Many ideas come from the subconscious. While one can’t have control over one’s past, one can certainly choose what to focus on in the present. For a filmmaker, it is always a good idea to read great books and to watch great movies. It is a good idea to talk with people who see the world differently than you do. It is exciting to look at becoming a better creator by sculpting your own mind. What movies inspire your favorite filmmakers? Go watch those movies!

Here are five essential habits for filmmakers that might help you think about your filmmaking in a new way.


Every language describes reality in its own way, with unique and precious insights into life. People that speak and think in different languages will naturally create movies that function in different ways. Filmmakers from other cultures can infuse your creative sensibility with thematic textures and practical cinematographic inspirations that could very well come in handy when working with a new idea. For classic cinema, try Kurosawa or Jean Renoir.