From nothing, something: a documentary on the creative process

FromNothingToSomething

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A thoughtful, intimate, often funny look at the creative process. On stage: some of culture’s most unique and accomplished talents.

Uno sguardo riflessivo e intimo, spesso divertente, al processo creativo. In scena: talenti appartenenti a diverse discipline.

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From Nothing, Something profiles creative thinkers across a variety of disciplines (including architecture and design) to find the common techniques, habits and neuroses that lead to breakthrough ideas. This is a thoughtful, intimate, often funny look at the creative process – straight from the brains of some of culture’s most unique and accomplished talents. Featuring interviews with: Architect Preston Scott Cohen, Fashion Designers Alexa Adams and Flora Gill of Ohne Titel, Video Game Designer Jason Rohrer, Hollywood Creature Designer Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus), Songwriter Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter/Novelist Tom Perrotta (Election, Little Children), Top Chefs Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger, comedian Maria Bamford, two-time Pulitzer-Winning Cartoonist Steve Breen, among many others. “Inspiring and motivating. If From Nothing, Something reveals a singular neurosis that all share, it’s the compulsion to create.” – Fast Company. “Takes us to the heart of creation. Fast-paced. Aesthetically rich. A film that challenges us to awaken our senses.” Les Meconnus, Montreal. “What goes on inside the heads of uber-creative people? This stimulating, fast-paced documentary reveals the zany personalities of eccentric geniuses.” – Arts & Opinion. “Intelligent and entertaining. Few filmmakers succeed in approaching the filmmaking journey through the lenses of both intellect and inspiration, but Cawley proves to be the exception. I found myself completely and utterly captivated.” – theindependentcritic.com
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From Nothing, Something descrive pensatori creativi di tutta una serie di discipline (tra cui l’Architettura e il Design) per trovare le tecniche comuni, le abitudini e le nevrosi che portano a idee innovative. Questo è uno sguardo riflessivo e intimo, spesso divertente, al processo creativo del cervello di alcuni dei talenti di compiuta di cultura più singolari. Con interviste all’ architetto Preston Scott Cohen, alla Fashion Designers Alexa Adams e Flora Gill di Ohne Titel, al Video Game Designer Jason Rohrer, all’Hollywood Creature Designer Neville Pagina (Avatar, Prometheus), all’autrice musicale Sara Quin di Tegan & Sara, allo sceneggiatore/romanziere Tom Perrotta (Elezione, Little Children), ai Top Chef Mary Sue Milliken e Susan Feniger, al comico Maria Bamford, il due volte premio Pulitzer vignettista Steve Breen, tra molti altri. “Ispirante e motivante. From Nothing, Something rivela una singolare nevrosi che tutti condividono che è la compulsione a creare “-. Fast Company. “Ci porta al cuore della creazione. Veloce. Esteticamente ricco. Un film che ci sfida a risvegliare i nostri sensi. “Les Meconnus, Montreal. “Che cosa succede dentro la testa delle persone “uber-creative”? Questo stimolante frenetico documentario rivela le personalità folli di geni eccentrici “-. Arts & Opinion. “Intelligente e divertente. Pochi registi riescono ad avvicinarsi con le lenti del viaggio cinematografico a tanto intelletto e ispirazione, ma Cawley dimostra di essere l’eccezione. Mi sono trovato completamente e assolutamente affascinato “-. Theindependentcritic.com.
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Film profile

Director: Tim Cawley
Year: 2012
Language: English
Duration: 79 mins
See trailer

Screened at MDFF 2013 (with Italian subtitles)

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