I’ve never considered myself a religious person.
And please don’t misunderstand me here–I’m not about to launch into a long diatribe on religion. The whole analogy will make sense by the time we finish, if you just hear me out.
And while I’ve never been what I would call a religious person, and maybe I’ve even thought some of the apocalyptic stories I’ve heard throughout the years were complete nonsense.
But nonetheless, it’s hard not to take a look at what is happening in the world right now and wonder if the “end of times” is near.
I mean, think about it:
And these are all just the stories that have broken over the last few days.
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About a year and a half ago, when I first had the idea to do a podcast about filmmakers, Dustin Lee and Jon Jivan from Maple Films are the first guys I thought of to be guests. They’ve been long time participants of the 48 Hour Film Project in Cleveland. They took the Cleveland film scene by storm with their first entry in the 48HFP, “Transistor”, and ended up winning the Best Film award that year and moving on to Filmapalooza. Since then, Maple Films has been “the team to beat”, winning numerous awards each time they make a film.
Because of their early success, Maple Films was asked to take part in a special filmmaking invitational produced by the 48HFP and sponsored by A&E. From this competition they made their film “Super Pimp”, which ended up winning the A&E Reality Show contest and went on to win the Filmslam Audience Choice Award at the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival.
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I’ve worked with a lot of creative people throughout the years, and I’ve also listened to interviews with probably hundreds of people that work in film, acting, and the arts. Almost every single person cited one thing that they thought could be the biggest reason that artists and creative types get frustrated and burn out–something that many of them had suffered from themselves at some point in their lives.
Do you know what that one thing is?
The never-ending feeling that they need to please someone.
Have you felt it before? Probably. I know that I have. I don’t know a single person who hasn’t felt this at some point in their life, but it seems like creative people especially feel like they have something to prove.
Have any of these thoughts crossed your mind?
I can’t be successful if I’m not working in Hollywood.
If I don’t get this next gig then I’m a failure.
If I don’t make xxx amount of money from doing this, then what’s the point?
I’m embarrassed to tell my friends and family what I really want to do because they think it’s a dumb idea.
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What filmmaker doesn’t want to have a better looking film?
Sure, filmmaking is about telling a story, and the story is the absolute most important part of any film, but great visuals can go a long way to help tell that story.
Directors like Stanley Kubrik, Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, they all use stunning cinematography and camera work to help tell their story on film.
Now you may think that getting the kind of amazing images that these guys get in their films is something you need a huge Hollywood budget to do, but I’m here to tell you, that’s not true.
The truth is, many of the techniques that these and other directors use in their films are very basic. In fact, many of them are so simple that you can learn them right now, start using them TOMORROW, and instantly see better results in the look of your own films.
And the best part is, these are all techniques that you can learn without having to buy a lot of expensive gear or software. You can get started using these right now, for very little,
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