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

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

Why Do We Read So Much?

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You know, when I first got into filmmaking, I was one of those guys who just has to read LOADS. I had to get my hands on everything, and just READ AND READ everything! And I did.

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

The Art of Simplicity

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So, on this crazy journey, I’m seeing more and more the importance of SIMPLICITY. Having ONE gameplan that you can reflect on before working – be it on screenplay, film, your distribution plans, etc.

Your structure – be it habits, or frames or states of mind that you want to be in. This is a simplified

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

Why You Need To Start Now

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“The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.

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