Inspiration comes by when you are curious and focused, and then let go. You run into a person or an event, a place or a feeling and you witness the beat of life. It doesn’t have to be pretty or sweet, or clean or simple. In Drama, good usually comes at the end, as a reward. Inspiration is a mix, a remix of the pleasure and pain, less and more, beauty and horror, love and ignorance. It comes together, like flames in campfire echoing the words of a sailor telling tales of women in faraway lands and of the miracles that got him back home. You can separate that fire from the wood that feeds it. but you can take the warm light, just for a moment. It’s never yours, what feeds you or grows you. It’s not you breathing your breaths when you sleep. After inspiration comes making sense of what it is that turned you on. What did you find and where will it lead you? Inspiration is like a tool . You take and hold your experience, but leave behind what you saw, the objects, the wind, the faces. Film is not for grabbing images, even if computers say so. Film is aboutreleassingj back into the wild those magic beats you felt in person. Storytelling is a an altruistic venture, you do it for the benefit of others. Troubadors told stories for food and shelter in times when personal horizons were extremely limited. No distance was small, no communication difficult. A horse the fastest vehicle around. No one got off the planet. Story was all that inspired, and Aristotle first understood it would always be so. The craft had to be learned, and practiced. The greeks used Drama for inspiration, education and community.