Monday, March 23, 2015

What I Learned from Big Hero 6

Okay, so I know I may be the last person on the planet to watch Big Hero 6. I'll own that. But we watched it a couple of weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it. I liked the humor of the movie, and the heart, but what I really liked was what spoke to my creative soul.

At the beginning of the movie, Hiro is inspired to try to get into his brother's school. He's been working on his projects, and can't come up with anything. He's frustrated and complains to his brother, Tadashi.

Tadashi grabs Hiro and shakes him around. Literally. Tells him to get a new perspective. It's when Hiro is hanging upside down that he gets the idea that changes the world. Again, literally.

I know it's a small part of the movie that many people probably don't even think about. But I really liked it. It reminded me that when things aren't going my way -- in writing, in my job, in everything -- that I can shake things up. I can look at things with a new perspective. Or a different one. And try something different.

So I've been doing that. It's helped me reach beyond what I know in writing (YA) and pursue another genre. I'm shaking it up!

Have you found this to be true? Have you tried looking at problems, your writing, or other things in a different way and been able to see the solutions?


Dianne K. Salerni said...

You're not the last person to see it. I haven't seen it!

But yes, I find that plot dilemmas are usually solved by approaching the problem area from a completely different direction. Usually the problem occurs because I keep thinking that things must happen *this* way, and I can't move forward because *this* way sucks.

I haven't tried letting someone hold me upside down, but I have found that when I let a different character take action, it opens up a new and exciting way to get past the problem.

Angela Brown said...

I LOVE that movie and watched it twice at the theaters, once for the regular show and once for the 3D effects.

And the scene you mention, well, I noticed it as well. I thought it was both a fun brotherly interaction but also great for Tadashi to help his extremely intelligent bro find a new perspective.

Shaking things up is partly what lead me to writing MG. I love writing YA, NA and penning steamy works under my pen name, but there's something special about writing MG that makes my creative juices get even more wonky-happy :-)

DL Hammons said...

So...have you been hanging upside down? :)

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