Lens Illumination

What is Lens Illumination?

Lens Illumination is a process that controls the development of a creative work: from the starting material (specific ideas) – through to the generation of a creative structure (general ideas) – on to the development of the project outline (points-of-departure) – and finally to the establishment of a first working draft.

How does ‘Lens Illumination’ work?

The following is a summary of the individual stages of the Lens Illumination process.

Establish the Specific Ideas

Establish the initial ideas or broad concepts with reference to which the creative work will develop.

Glanside Techniques that can help in establishing the specific ideas include Material Fusion.

An example of a specific idea – a foundation around which a creative work could be constructed – could be something as simple as Craft Beers.

Establish the Creative Lenses

A lens is a statement that defines a direction of travel.

A lens establishes the general ideas that will help build a creative approach.

An example of a creative lens is: –
A strategy with an inherent but hidden flaw. A example of this is a flavouring that is irresistible and yet proves poisonous when consumed in quantity.

Note: Glanside Mixology Techniques can help in the specification of a creative lens.

Illuminate each Creative Lens

Illumination stems from a series of questions that are asked of the specific material, whilst simultaneously being focussed using the creative lens statement.

The use of questions will shine light on the possibilities that each lens brings to the development of a creative work.

The process of creative Illumination is shaped by the lens in the manner defined by the lens’ creative statement.

Examples of questions that could be asked of the above example of a creative lens could be: –

  1. In what ways might (IWWM) the use of a potential poison become imperative?
  2. How might the use of a potential poison be defended or rationalised?
  3. How might the first signs of trouble appear?
  4. What might be the first reaction to the impending threat?

Note: Glanside Cultivation Techniques can help in the process of Illumination of a creative lens.

Note: Illumination of the creative lens can be achieved through posing questions in literary creativity or through sketching out potential creative solutions in visual creativity.

Set out the Points-of-Departure

Asking questions to illuminate the possibilities of each creative lens will lead to a series of ideas that can be further developed with the intention of providing the building blocks needed for a creative work.

These building blocks are know as points-of-departure for the development of a creative work.

The points-of-departure can be further developed into a text passage or visual outline that shapes the foundation of the creative work.

Worked Example using the Lens Illumination technique.

The following is a example of the Lens Illumination process, as used to structure the Craft Beers short text.

Establishing the Specific Ideas

Establish the initial ideas or broad concepts with reference to which the creative work will develop.

Glanside Techniques that can help in establishing the specific ideas include Material Fusion.

An example of a specific idea – a foundation around which a creative work could be constructed – could be something as simple as Craft Beers.

Establishing the Creative Lenses

A lens is a statement that defines a direction of travel.

A lens establishes the general ideas that will help build a creative approach.

An example of a creative lens is: –
A strategy with an inherent but hidden flaw. A example of this is a flavouring that is irresistible and yet proves poisonous when consumed in quantity.

Note: Glanside Mixology Techniques can help in the specification of a creative lens.

Illuminating each Creative Lens

Illumination stems from a series of questions that are asked of the specific material, whilst simultaneously being focussed using the creative lens statement.

The use of questions will shine light on the possibilities that each lens brings to the development of a creative work.

The process of creative Illumination is shaped by the lens in the manner defined by the lens’ creative statement.

Examples of questions that could be asked of the above example of a creative lens could be: –

  1. In what ways might (IWWM) the use of a potential poison become imperative?
  2. How might the use of a potential poison be defended or rationalised?
  3. How might the first signs of trouble appear?
  4. What might be the first reaction to the impending threat?

Note: Glanside Cultivation Techniques can help in the process of Illumination of a creative lens.

Note: Illumination of the creative lens can be achieved through posing questions in literary creativity or through sketching out potential creative solutions in visual creativity.

Setting out the Points-of-Departure

Asking questions to illuminate the possibilities of each creative lens will lead to a series of ideas that can be further developed with the intention of providing the building blocks needed for a creative work.

These building blocks are know as points-of-departure for the development of a creative work.

The points-of-departure can be further developed into a text passage or visual outline that shapes the foundation of the creative work.