Its possible for someone to be a great writer or filmmaker or any other type of artist without having consumed a huge amount of material in the media they intend to work?
This is the primary fear that haunts me and make me never start any project. The fear that i am not ready yet, that there is to much to read so that i can write something at least good.
Well, since you don't decide what is great or not, and since what is considered great nowadays is just a "flavor of the time" thing, you have all chances that your work will be considered a masterpiece.
It's probably possible- but the more you read, watch, and analyze the better off you'll be. And, just for the sake of example let's say your trying to write an animated movie and it just fails. You can't get anyone to look at it, the plot doesn't make sense, the concept art looks off somehow, whatever. A really obvious way to solve it would be to start reading books with engaging stories, watching great classic shows, and looking at the art books of famous animated movies because if your art isn't turning out the way you want it to then it pays to look at successful artists.
Yes but that would require a special talent. Most get bogged down by the past and simply rehash what they've read in an uninspired way both in style and substance. A big part of it is being able to squeeze out alive from in between all the influences you've read.
You have to have aptitude before any of that. In addition if you've read enough you'll see most of the 'best' art is derived from the 'best' art before it, you should be able to see direct influence in the works if you've read or seen enough yourself. As knowledge builds on knowledge so does style on style and themes on themes. It is highly improbable for a person to achieve the same level of quality without the prior foundation which has been built for thousands of years, the zeitgeist, even being based upon all previous zeitgeists, is not enough to base art on -- it is more like a base sample than anything. Art breeds art, quality nourishes quality. Read more, watch more, be blessed with innate talent, profit?
Considering that Tolkien created a masterpiece without having very much knowledge at all on how to write a novel (he knew about linguistics but that was it).
He made mistakes every rookie writer makes and was actually pretty heavily critiqued on how he chose to tell the story. And yet it's one of the most well known stories of mankind.
Also, we have musical and artistic child savants even in current day.
I mean, you probably aren't. But writing before you're ready is an important part of becoming ready - just look at Al Purdy. He was willing to be an awful poet for a long time in order to become a good one.
Yes, though it's the exception.
It's possible there has been someone who could have been a great or trailblazing artist whose originality was lost in consuming the norm and already-done.
i tried killing myself last year but the knife against my skin, just 5 milimetres into it, made me shudder and panzy out
Now I hunt Protestant Priests on early Monday mornings and write hate letters to the President on a weekly bases.
I realize I can't blame Jesus for the second part of this post.
What the fuck are you talking about. Tolkien revolutionised our understanding of the story & structure of Beowulf & had an intimate understanding of asnc & modern literature & spent all his time talking about plots & narrative with the likes of C. S. Lewis. His works were created as part of a long nurtured project to create a Western mythology. Fucking triggered you fucking Game of Thrones loving pleb.