The sad truth about the film industry is that it's never really been all that original. It's a wonderful, wonderful thing, but originality just isn't its strong suit. Most movies are based on a book or based on real events or maybe based on a combination of many different things.
Along with every movie that comes, there is moment of inspiration. Maybe a filmmaker picked up a book and thought, "You know, this would make a great film." Maybe they watched a classic movie and wanted to remake it or reinvent it for a modern audience. Sometimes there is a long and drawn out sequence of events that takes place in order to get a film concept realized. But we're not interested in really any of these. We're looking at the movies that were inspired by small identifiable moments, the smaller the moment, the better.
Often the inspiration for a film can tell you a lot about its motives, its concerns and its underlying currents. Sometimes it’s a funny little coincidence that inspired a filmmaker, while other times the inspiration came from something strange that they witnessed firsthand. Whatever the scenario was, we're looking at the little things that led to big films. We're really looking back and finding the pebble that first started the avalanche. Here are 15 massive movies and the tiny moments that inspired them.
15 The Blob – Real News Report
14 Kill Bill – Pulp Fiction Dialogue
The exact chronology of when the concept for Kill Bill truly came into fruition is a bit unclear. It's said that during the making of Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman began drafting it. One thing all Pulp Fiction fans know, is that in the Jack Rabbit Slim restaurant scene, Mia Wallace (Thurman) relays to Vincent Vega (John Travolta) the story of the fictional Fox Force Five, which has the same basic plot as Kill Bill, almost 10 years before the film would come out. While the plot and the details would eventually change, there is a clear line of thinking here that no doubt inspired the Kill Bill films.
13 Monsters – Fishing
12 Inception – M. C. Escher
11 Jingle all the Way – Shopping For Power Rangers
10 Mad Max – Sydney Emergency Room
9 Mars Attacks! – Mars Attacks Playing Cards
8 Robocop – Blade Runner Poster
7 Fast and the Furious – A Magazine Article
6 E.T the Extraterrestrial – A Character Subplot
5 A Nightmare on Elm Street – Sleepless Khmer Refugees
4 Finding Nemo/Monsters, Inc./WALL-E/A Bug's Life – Lunchtime
3 Jerry Maguire – Disney Memo
2 Little Miss Sunshine – Arnold Schwarzenegger
1 Titanic – Diving Expedition
James Cameron never made the film Titanic because he wanted to make a movie. He made the film Titanic because he wanted Hollywood to pay for him to set up a diving expedition to see the Titanic wreckage for himself. An amateur diver and explorer, Cameron had all but given up on the sciences long ago in favor of movie-making, but he always had a lingering love of sea exploration and the Titanic in particular. When he felt that he had a limited amount of time to actually see the wreckage with his own eyes, he drew up a plan for a movie and several million dollars later, he was on the seafloor looking at the actual Titanic. Must be nice to be able to get a movie funded at the snap of your fingers.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; CinemaBlend; Vibe
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