If there’s one thing we learned at the Sundance Film Festival, it’s that there are many paths that lead into a final creative work. Each film, song, painting, or other piece can be the result of long-gestating ideas, concentrated teamwork, calculated gambles, or all of the above. But don’t take our word for it. Here, in their own words, the filmmakers that we met at Sundance—and one prodigiously talented musician—share their thoughts on creativity:
Morris from America writer/director Chad Hartigan on inspiration
White Girl director Elizabeth Wood on taking a leap of faith
Shiny co-directors Spencer Susser and Daniel “Cloud” Campos on collaboration
Tickled co-directors David Farrier and Dylan Reeve on creative freedom
Musician Yoshiki on breaking down walls
Want more? Check out our Instagram feed to find out what others at Sundance—including Matt Damon, Ellen Page, and Elijah Wood—had to say about creative freedom.