How To Make a Film Using the Dogme 95 Manifesto

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I found this write-up about the Dogme 95 movement and how Lars von Trier made The Idiots really interesting. This article covers the Dogme 95 films and the movement that created them. From Wikipedia: The goal of the Dogme collective is to purify filmmaking by refusing expensive and spectacular special effects, post-production modifications and other technical gimmicks. The filmmakers concentrate on … 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

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