Why Using People’s Names Helps Your Filmmaking

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One subtle thing that I’ve really found makes a lot of difference to my interactions, whether they be filmmaking related (on set, for instance) or otherwise, is using people’s names! It may sound so simple, but this is a powerful thing to do. And, as we know, sometimes the simple things are the most powerful. HOW I WAS BEFORE USING … Read More

How To Eliminate Negativity

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In the self-development book The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle tells us that we should eliminate internal conversations with ourselves; that we should destroy that “voice inside our heads.” This is all about eliminating negativity. However, what if it’s a mostly positive voice? I’m sure this can still be constructive. My voice seems to mostly be objective and lets me think … Read More

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

Focus, Goals And Staying On The Path

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Wanted to tackle something a little more complex in this post today. Here goes! I’ve felt this way for a long time, years in fact. I don’t know where to begin with it, nor really sure exactly how to describe it so that it’s understandable. LACK OF FOCUS I guess the problem is lack of focus, or dabbling. I’m good at … Read More

Magic Moments & Making The Most Of Every Day!

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Seize the day! You’ve heard that one before, right? Most likely in the awesome Robin Williams film, Dead Poets Society. Some of us let minutes, hours, even days fly by. We’re all guilty of it from time to time. It affects our dreams and it affects our lifestyle. THE PROBLEM AND A SOLUTION I’ve had this problem, so now I’m … Read More

The Long Path To Mastery

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I want to speak about a book today that I’ve mentioned before. It has many applications for our filmmaking and business lives and it’s well worth a read, if you haven’t already. I’ve been reading Mastery by George Leonard recently. It’s one of the main ones recommended by Eben Pagan. MASTERY: THE KEYS TO SUCCESS AND LONG TERM FULFILLMENT It’s … 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

Something On Congruency

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Today, I was thinking about congruency and how it relates to filmmaking. From Introducing NLP by Joseph O’Connor and John Seymour: You need to be completely congruent about what you do to help the other person, incongruence on your part will give mixed messages, and reduce the effectiveness of the change process. This means that you need to act congruently … Read More

A Guide For Indie Filmmakers Part II

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This is Part II of our Guide For Indie Filmmakers. Don’t forget to check out Part I right here! Although a little dated now, this is still a very relevant article and still a cornerstone piece on this site. It’s also a very long read. Edit 2015: As mentioned in the first part, this is a guest post by Adam Rench and … Read More