Being inspired is easy, but "being" is passive. Getting motivated, taking ownership, and doing work — those are different stories. We all need a kick in the pants, every once in a while.
Where do ideas come from?
A presentation by Belief, a now-defunct motion graphics shop, with some supplementary "research" links.
Warning: NSFW (maybe)
Alex Proyas directed one of my favorite films from my college years — Dark City. I did some crude research on his career in short films, commercials, music videos and features.