If there's one thing Mutt and I really love doing it's watching old films.
In the earlier days of the film industry storytellers were far more ready to take risks. There were no established rules and no one knew what worked and what didn't. As a result, you find all kinds of unexpected originality and gold in older films to draw inspiration from.
So... lacking inspiration? Go and rent a bunch of really old films, the older the better.
Harvey, Mr Deeds Goes To Town, Bridge Over The River Kwai; all of these are great examples of really strong characters in very unusual stories that you don't really see anymore. Not exactly the secret of the ages, just great examples of thinking outside the box that we've so cleverly created for ourselves in these modern times.
You guys got any great ones?