I stole the title from Screenrant. Thank you Screenrant. Makes it easier for me to just ramble on about nothing.
Okay, so the article.
People always ask creators, mainly authors, where do you get your ideas. It’s a pretty good if not staid but tired question. Stephen King gets asked that question quite a bit, and I hear even Dean Koontz gets asked it a few times every decade, with just so coincides with how often he writes a book people want to read.
Where do you get your ideas? King answered it one time with a storied reference to his novel From A Buick 8, one of my favorite King novels. He said he was at a gas station, and had to go urinate or something, and walked around back. He noticed a large ravine running behind the station and naturally enough wondered “what would it be like if one were to fall in?”. In other words, what would people, say the attendant, and the guy behind the counter, and other people, think of a car just parked at the pump, no one inside it, no inside the little store, no inside the bathroom. Just where in the world did he, the driver, go? Did he walk off? Was he abducted? A mystery.
CLICK! And the light comes on.
For King, he said that’s how he got his idea for From A Buick Eight, and sure enough that’s how it starts out, with a mysterious car being delivered to a gas station and the driver just disappearing. From there, the embellishment begins. The imagination takes over. It starts with a germinal idea that is brought to fruition with the skill, talent and power of the human imagination. And believe you me, most people don’t have an imagination. They have no idea what it’s like to just wonder, and then take that wondering thought and let it wander till it sprouts legs and turns into a bonafide novel. Or film. King does. And so does Lorenzo Di Bonavantura, or so he thinks.
In an interview exclusive with Screen Rant, di Bonaventura explained how ideas are conceived for the Transformers movies, and what informed the basis for the plot of The Last Knight. He says:
I think each one has been slightly different. Usually it’s some kind of emotional construct. The first movie was boy gets car gets girl. That was sort of where it started. In this one I think it took on a larger ambition which was both the fusing of the Arthurian legend with the Transformers legend. Ironically they stand for quite the same thing – honor, courage, brotherhood, truth. You start, and it starts getting bigger on you. It’s really fun. There’s sort of a discovery to it.
Basically he says the same thing as King. You start with some seedling of an idea, which can be a word or a small thought or concept, and you embellish it. You tease on it. You roll it down the hill until it turns into an avalanche of a film. Or book, in King’s case. But you have to have wonder, and you have to have imagination, and believe you me, the Transformers films have wonder and imagination, if only set to a concussionists metronome and a psychopath’s coherency.