How to start and maintain an inspiration board

Starting with what inspires you might be the best way to get your ideas moving from fantasy to reality.

If you ever took an arts-based elective in high school, you’ll probably remember making an ‘influences and inspiration’ book: which, at least for me, looked like an A3-size portfolio full of cut-outs, drawings and brief words that visually described my creative project while drawing on pre-existing material.

The inspiration book, moodboard, influence diary, or whatever you want to call it, has been around for yonks. It’s a bit like scrapbooking, but with clear intent and purposefully made to pitch your creative idea to others/keep your team on theme. And it can be super helpful for creatives who need a little push to get their ideas out there.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports