germ [jurm]
something that serves as a source or initial stage of subsequent development: the germ of an idea

A Reason to Create

Here’s what it’s all about: every few months we’ll give you a source of inspiration to create your own film or video. The Germ could be anything: a picture, a song, an idea…anything. It may also have limiters: time limits, material usage, wardrobe…anything. The hope is that we’ll all be inspired to create a piece of a film using the same Germ and then come together as a group to see the work we all created using the same piece of inspiration. The same Germ.

Let’s be clear what we mean when we say film. A film is anything that can presented as a series of still or moving images. That’s all. Animation, art films, recorded stage performances, scripted work, iPhone videos, Flip cam videos, edited or unedited, fully lit, captured surreptitiously or filmed in a production studio. The Germ is for anyone who has ever thought about expressing themselves through the medium of film.

Why do it? Well…because creating stuff is cool. And sometimes you just need a reason. A goal to create a little impetus or momentum. That’s what we hope The Germ will become. Your own personal, creative kick in the pants to just make stuff.

THEN, we’ll all get together and watch our films together. No judging, no adjudicating…just good old fashioned fellowship between filmmakers of all sorts. That’s where the second piece of inspiration occurs. In watching the work of other artists that were given the same Germ as you, but created something completely different…or remarkably similar.

So come ye filmmakers, auteurs, baristas and barristers. Come photographers, cartographers and biographers. If you be executive, receptionist, designer or driver; it matters not! Come with your varying levels of technology and CREATE!