20 Directors and How They Made It Part II

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Continuing from yesterday’s piece about directors and how they made it, we continue the list of interesting cases of filmmakers making their start in the business… Christopher Nolan As a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States, he spent his childhood in both London and Chicago. Nolan found an interest in botany and “dicots” early on until … Read More

20 Directors and How They Made It

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I wanted to investigate how various directors broke into film, how they “made it.” I tried to select filmmakers from a wide breadth of backgrounds, nationalities and experiences. Obviously, this won’t be a comprehensive list of everything that’s possible, but these examples cover many of the varied tracks into directing. I think, often, we forget that the big name directors … Read More

Books I’ve been reading!

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Just recently, I mentioned a great book with many filmmaking applications: The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. I wanted to mention a few others here that I’ve been reading that you should check out! And, yes, I realize that I wrote another recent post about how we’re often susceptible to reading too much This blog post features a … Read More

The Count of Monte Cristo

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The Count of Monte Cristo is a great example of someone going from a zero to a hero (in their terms). I see a lot of the symbols as metaphors contained within the film for a journey into personal change in filmmaking. It’s an incredible story and an incredibly useful metaphor. I won’t go into too much detail on how the … Read More

Making This a Lifestyle

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Been reading Timothy Ferriss’ book The 4-Hour Work Week recently. There’s an interesting bit in there where he runs contrary to the majority of self-help rhetoric and theories that we often see as self-evident in filmmaking.

He says that you should “Emphasize strengths, don’t fix weaknesses.” Very different to what’s taught in filmmaking circles, but it

Success Curves and Improving Your Filmmaking At Any Time

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I want to talk about the subject of success in today’s blog post. I’ve talked about this before on the site in a few place. And, really, it’s the subtext of pretty much everything we talk about here. I want to introduce a new concept today that I call Success Curves. This is a play on the traditional bell curve … Read More

Definitions of the Journey and Some Advice

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I recently had a conversation with a filmmaker friend who was questioning his path in life and whether filmmaking was the right thing for him. I approached my response to him in an unusual way. It’s an approach I don’t use very often…if at all. This post will discuss the conversation and both sides of the argument as to whether filmmaking is … Read More

A Few Quotes and Some General Ramblings

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I wanted to use today’s post to hit you with some great quotes that I’ve heard lately. All of these are filmmaking and business related – most by people in the film industry. We can get stuck in our own heads trying to figure out what it is we need to do to improve. Sometimes it’s good to just take … Read More