When we reduce people down to wallets with eyeballs, we extract our humanity from what is otherwise a life-affirming experience. We are ruining life by simply encouraging people to just consume, instead of demonstrating we respect their engagement and see what a powerful force it is. Film remains a truly revolutionary tool.
As independent filmmakers, it is our duty to show the honest, beautiful, and realistic world as we see it. We must fill the void left by Hollywood and the mass media.
[Medium-sized movies] are too risky. If you look at movies like… I guess, All the President’s Men was important enough and based on a big enough transgression. But take a movie like Klute – I don’t think that movie would be made today. I mean, The Godfather would have a hard time being made today. Even if you could put up the $75 million it would take to make that movie today, and you could guarantee that it would be one of the greatest movies of all time, people would still go, “$75 million? I dunno man, that’s a lot of bread…” There are realities to our business. The bottom has fallen out. Dramas that cost more than $20 million, you’re taking a big risk. I think Soderbergh was right. And it’s sad. I think the thing is to make movies cheaper. People are migrating to television to find characters that aren’t spandex-clad superheroes.
The popularity of your unique voice is not what matters - what matters is staying true to it.
Of all the people I’ve ever asked about what it takes to be a filmmaker and how to get there the most consistent piece of advice has been: do, see, explore, and absorb so you can have something to write about.
Things That Inspired Me This Week:
- Music by Damien De Mederios: San Francisco
- A GoPro and a car tire: Sketch Three: Avant-Garde (R.P.M. 2)
- Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress
- A Whiteboard Animation: The Empathic Civilization
- Pinocchio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- For Once In My Life: Tribute to Stevie Wonder by the Capital Children’s Choir
- Happy Valley (TV series)
- Queen - I Want To Break Free (reggae version by Reggaesta)
- Foals - Hollaback Girl (Gwen Stefani cover)
- Thunderstorm Soundscape For Relaxation
- Punjabi Mc - Billie Jean
- Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” with Punjabi bhangra drum
- "Learning to make films is very easy. Learning what to make films about is very hard." George Lucas
- Choir! Choir! Choir! sings Erasure - A Little Respect
- Rad covers
- Enlightened (TV series)
- Timelapse of the Amish raising a giant barn in under 10 hours
- Indie Covers Pop
- Jane Eyre (2011 film)
- Miami Vice (film)
- How Movies Synchronize the Brains of an Audience
- How Movies Trick Your Brain Into Empathizing With Characters
- Data From a Century of Cinema Reveals How Movies Have Evolved
- The Wes Anderson Playlist"Begin with an individual and you find that you have created a type; begin with a type and you find that you have created — nothing." F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Emotional Competency - Explore the Logic of Passion
- Why Is Everyone Getting Naked? Rashida Jones on the Pornification of Everything
- “I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence.” Thomas Hood
Note To Self: The art of filmmaking comes from within.
We may have mistakenly learned to overreact to various negative emotions while suppressing positive ones.
Unfortunately some of us are prisoners of anger, hate, guilt, sadness, fear, anxiety, shame, humiliation, envy, pain, and violence without understanding what has consumed so much of our lives. Others endure a lonely and sterile existence without experiencing genuine feelings or passionate emotions.
But passion has logic. Emotions obey their own peculiar rules that we can study, understand, listen to, learn from, master, and even enjoy. How well can you interpret what your emotions are telling you? Listen carefully to what your emotions are telling you. Don’t ignore them, deny them, or try to drown them out. Sharing these web pages with the difficult people in your life can increase your common understanding and improve your relationships; perhaps even with your nemesis.
How successfully do you respond to emotions in yourself and others? Improving your emotional competency can provide important benefits throughout many aspects of your life. It can increase the satisfaction you have with relationships while it increases your gratification and contentment with the many simple events in your life. It can give you greater insight and help you better understand the motives and actions of yourself and others. You can free yourself from anger, hate, resentment, vengeance, and other destructive emotions that cause hurt and pain. This will reduce much of the stress in your life. You can feel relief and enjoy greater peace-of-mind, autonomy, intimacy, dignity, passion, and wisdom as you engage more deeply with others. Increasing your tolerance and compassion can lead to an authentic optimism and a well-founded confidence, based on your better understanding and interpretation of what-is.
Passion + Reason = Constructive Action. This is the essence of emotional competency.
As your emotional competency increases, you may experience a variety of positive transformations in your life. Destructive behavior patterns of the past may transform into more constructive behavior as you begin to solve the mysterious puzzle of human interactions and gain a quiet and confident understanding of them. Anxiety may yield to more peaceful, tranquil, and contented feelings as your understanding increases. You may become less isolated as you learn authentic expression and become more engaged with others you now enjoy relating to. You may feel more confident and powerful, and less confused, frustrated, and powerless.
Overall you can transform from confused to confident; from clueless to comprehending and enlightened, from fragmented to coherent, from shallow to deep, from cold to passionate, and from oppressed to liberated as you become your authentic self.
Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.