I guess it was towards the end of high school when I first came about this video. Youtube was in its infancy if you can believe, and so was the content on it. Then this. I saw this...thing. With real effects, and music that was clearly stolen from a movie, in a setting that looks like some sort of automobile factory, where is that place, who are these kids, HOW DID THEY DO THIS?!?! It was awesome. It was 5 minutes of whoa. I saw this and decided that there was a place for my skills.
Naturally I tried to make something similar. I remember using a cracked version of premier to "export as a filmstrip" to hand draw the saber blades frame by frame. I don't think the task has gotten any easier, but certainly more accessible. I saw this and said "why can't I do this."
That is why, I say, seek out as many films as you can. Study them. Be inspired by them. Take notes on them. Learn from them. Become motivated by them. Most of all, enjoy them.