Creativity=recombination, Jedi edition

Where do great ideas come from? A popular notion among creativity experts is that recombination of preexisting ideas in a new context is the form that most if not all creativity takes. One more datum: Courtesy of my lovely wife, it seems that George Lucas may have been voguing, so to speak, when he came up with one of his most iconic images. 

11 Comments on “Creativity=recombination, Jedi edition”

  1. Corey says:

    As a musician, I have always borrowed from my favorite artists and made it my own by putting in my own spices into the mix.

    • davidburkus says:

      Interesting piece. There’s actually a four part film series about this:

      Lucas’ famous introductions were pilfered, but not from Vogue. They actually mimic the intro text to the Flash Gordon serials.

      • stevepostrel says:

        I think the “long time ago” and “far, far, away” come from the Vogue ad, not Flash Gordon, although the latter did have the tilted-perspective writing fading into the distance (which the ad may also have been copying).

  2. Jenni says:

    The original 1977 Star Wars was stuffed with material borrowed from other movies and stories. Wouldn’t be surprising if they also borrowed from print advertising.

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