“If a million people see my movie, I hope they see a million different movies.” – Quentin Tarantino
There’s an argument to be made that you can never truly make something original. Something, someone, or somewhere will have inspired you to come up with your idea. And if a film, a piece of music, or a novel inspires your writing then is it really original? It’s a question long-explored but also one naturally accepted, anything you make will be in some way inspired by something else.
This is both consciously and subconsciously accepted by filmmakers across the world, with filmmakers such as the Safdie Brothers inspired by the style and motifs of Martin Scorsese. While a director like Quentin Tarantino will explicitly borrow a permanent creative license from Japanese cinema of old, for example.