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!

MattFeatured, Lifestyle4 Comments

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

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

MattLifestyle4 Comments

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