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

The 48 Laws of Power

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I see The 48 Laws of Power and it’s various laws being parroted a lot in filmmaking circles. Although I was skeptical at first, I have almost finished this book now and have found it an incredibly useful tome. Definately the most amoral self-help book I’ve ever read, but just filled to the brim with truth. What I’m curious about … 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

Become a Story Maker!

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Wanted to break this down for you guys because I think it’s a MASSIVELY beneficial mindset shift that can help you all out!

I wrote to a friend recently that it’s best to go into any filmmaking exercise with ZERO outcome dependency. This means not EXPECTING anything out of any one project. Well this is standard

For Those That Are Feeling Down…

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For those on the wrong side of up, don’t worry – you will get there. For those feeling down, don’t worry – your time will come. Anything can be reversed and nothing is concrete. Keep trying things, testing things and working hard. Anything can be turned around. You can get there. Let go of desire, seeking approval, outcome dependence. You will get there! … Read More

The Sedona Method

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Guys, I’d highly recommend tracking down the Sedona Method if you can get your hands on it. It’s a self-development program, only it’s a lot more simplistic and a lot less cultish and complex compared to a lot of the self-help stuff out there. I read some sterling reviews of this program on various message boards, and just had to … Read More

Implementing Habits

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Note: This article was originally written some time ago. These habits are now a part of me. I’ve left it up (like a lot of other articles on this site), but I want it to stand as a complete record of my journey. It’s also great inspiration for readers of my sites. For clarity’s sake, I’ve gone back and added … Read More

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

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