When I make a film, it doesn't happen in a vacuum. My mind somehow produces an idea out of nothing and then repeatedly sparks the synapses until I'm able to articulate the idea into a concept. This concept usually causes me to obsess until I'm able to offload it unto a checklist or ideas list. Then in order to develop the concept into a fully fledged treatment and eventually a film it's just a matter of will, or occasionally trying to hit a deadline. Regardless of the situation, I find it interesting how we develop our cinematic or film-matic voice.
This voice seems to be a result of how all the elements of film work together in concert. The visual, tonal, textural, musical, dialog and sound design elements of a filmmakers body of work will leave some recognizable patterns or style, which is often attributed to making up their "voice" as a filmmaker.
I find it interesting that many filmmakers, myself included, get excited early on, at the prospect of emulating a film or filmmaking style we like. This happens consciously and unconscionably. A filmmaker like Quentin Tarantino has been very candid about recreating or re-imaging his favorite scenes from his favorite films. This kind of derivative filmmaking or art is often frowned upon or dismissed as less than or lazy.
I am interested in creating something new as anyone and am constantly surprised by how many times I thought I had, and then had a friend send a link to a film or idea that pre-dated mine. Whenever this happens I am reminded of the Henry David Thoreau quote: "