[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.
David Fincher, in response to the question Did you see Soderbergh’s speech in San Francisco? He was lamenting the death of medium-sized movies. (via avenging-hobbits)


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:

Note To Self: The art of filmmaking comes from within.


Emotional Competency

by Leland R. Beaumont

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.

Continue reading to understand your characters, collaborators, and yourself. Crazy good stuff for writers and filmmakers who create from within.

I love that we’re in the golden age of comic book movies and four-quadrant tent poles, but damn it do I miss the days when studios made action movies and thrillers for adults. Not every movie has to be appropriate for little Timmy and Grandma Marjorie, or didn’t you know? That virulent misconception is one of the key factors that is poisoning the genre today. The other reasons are an emphasis on bigger and bigger scale and spectacle at the expense of any real world grounding and credibility and an almost total lack of engrossing character work and thematic potency. We don’t need to be going bigger any more. After dinosaurs, superheroes and giant destructive robots, there’s nowhere left to go in terms of scale. We need to go smaller. We need to be character-driven. We need to have believable worlds and stakes and relatable themes. And for god’s sake, we need to go back to fleshy, earthy aesthetics instead of sterile blue/green/yellow puke color filters.

Cameron Cubbison from this flipping fantastic article Actions Speak Louder: The Highs and Lows of the Genre

Do yourself a favor, go read it.