Herzog on the Obscenity of the Jungle

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Some interesting comments from fabled German filmmaker Werner Herzog during the making of Fitzcarraldo: “Kinski says [the jungle] is full of erotic elements. It’s not so much erotic, but full of obscenity. Nature here is vile and base. I wouldn’t see anything erotic here. I see fornication and asphyxiation and choking, fighting for survival and growing and just rotting away. … Read More

How Darren Aronofsky Got Funding To Make His First Film

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Darren Aronofsky is known throughout the world as the celebrated director of such films as Black Swan, The Foundation and Requiem For a Dream. But he didn’t always have big budgets to use. Like every filmmaker, he had to start somewhere. Aronofsky’s debut feature, Pi (also known as π), was shot in November 1997. The film was financed entirely from $100 donations from friends and … Read More

Francis Ford Coppola and His Apocalyptic Shoot

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You may have heard some of the crazy stories from Francis Ford Coppola’s frenzied production of Apocalypse Now. It’s lauded as one of the great films of the 1970s now, but during production many people didn’t even believe the film would ever see the light of day. The production itself is infamously considered one of the toughest of all time, … Read More

The Prince and the Magician

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This story comes up in numerous NLP sources, where it’s used primarily as a metaphor for NLP. I also see it as a metaphor for many aspects of filmmaking. So I post it here for those who have not yet had the pleasure of stumbling across this work. From The Magus by John Fowles: Once upon a time there was … Read More

Without Commitment, You Ain’t Got Nothing

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Following up from this post on Loving The Process earlier this week, just wanted to make a few clarifications after getting some interesting email on it. MORE ON LOVING THE PROCESS I’m not trying to insinuate that someone has to be working on their filmmaking four times a week in order to get good. I was just suggesting a framework that … Read More

LOVE The Process! How To Change Everything!

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You know, every day I think about filmmaking, and I have some wacky distinction that changes the way I perceive things. The crazy thing about filmmaking is that it’s one of the only artforms in which you have to really get out of your comfort zone to practice. I mean, you want to learn to play tennis, you get out on … Read More

How Reframing Can Help Your Filmmaking

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NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is an incredible tool to use in all areas of your life, including filmmaking. But what areas of filmmaking can NLP be used in? Ever heard of failure? What about negativity? Getting caught in a rut and feeling like you’re just not getting anywhere? So you want to re-frame failure and negativity? Joseph O’Connor and John Seymour’s … Read More

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

The Importance Of Travel

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I really want to emphasise the importance of travel. Besides its obvious and much talked about benefits, travel is incredibly important when it comes to filmmaking. I’ve travelled a lot myself, and I feel it’s one of the best ways to boost your confidence in all areas of life. Getting put in alien situations and having to pull through time … Read More