Saturday, May 22, 2010
I was told by several people early on that film school was unnecessary and that you could succeed in the industry by just working on sets. While this may be possible for a few most people who make a living doing this go to school. If you do not have technical knowledge of the equipment you are using on set you will spend all your time on set playing catch up with everyone else, this makes learning on the job difficult to impossible.
Friday, May 21, 2010
This production has made me realize how much I have left to learn about filmmaking and how far I have to go in this field. It has also made me realize the essential nature of film school if you ever want to work on a professional set. I am currently feeling very unprepared and amateurish when I work.
I will expand on these points later but I am currently zoning out right now and am having trouble completing sentences.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I like Lewis believe that we should abolish public education and I especially agree with his statement that man should not need anything from his government because if the government is providing economically for someone that person cannot criticize their policies for fear of being punished economically. Even if a person being supported by the government is not politically minded they will most likely support the system of government that gives them the most money, which is bigger government.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Most people have only read Lewis' fiction but as I recently found out he also wrote many political essays. I shall be investigating these works and will soon have more quotes to share.
I recently read a biography of Ayn Rand who I consider an inspiration for many of my ideas and I was very disturbed by the cultist nature of her life in the later years when she would break up friendships over the slightest disagreement about politics, philosophy even art. For me I have always, as Heinlein said, learned a great deal from those who disagree with me. Respectful discourse of disagreements is not only more educational but, I think, more fun that discussion with someone who agrees completely with you.
Friday, May 7, 2010
"There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him."
Don't ask me what I want it for, If you don't want to pay some more. Cause I'm the taxman... And you're working for no one but me ~ The Beatles
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
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"Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim - when he defends himself - as a criminal."
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Today’s quote comes from master science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.
“Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.”
I’ve always been a big fan of political commentary done for humor. During the 2008 election much of my news came from SNL, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report. In 2008 during an interview with Charles Gibson VP candidate Sarah Palin was asked about her insight into Russia she answered “They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.” During an SNL sketch after this interview Tina Fey as Sarah Palin said “I can see Russia from my house.” In 2009 while discussing politics with a friend who is pretty savvy about politics and current events I said that SNL has a lot of sway over popular beliefs and I referenced Tina Fey saying I can see Russia from my house. This friend dead serious swore to me that he had seen the Charles Gibson interview and that Sarah Palin had said that.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Today’s quote comes from Joss Whedon.
“If nothing we do matters, then the only thing that matters is what we do.”
This quote reminds me of a quote from Serenity, Mal is talking to Shepard Book who says “Only one thing is going to walk you through this, Mal. Belief.” Mal of course scoffs at this saying “I ain’t looking for help from on high. That’s a long wait for a train that don’t come.”
To me this entire conversation speaks to a sad condition in our world today; people aren’t willing to search for truth. Saying that the only thing that matters is what we do leaves out an important part of doing the right thing; why we do what we do. If we do the right thing for the wrong reason does it really matter?
Monday, March 29, 2010
“Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten.”
This is exactly why I got involved in making films. I want to tell tales that will be immortalized in the medium of film. Film has an incredible ability to influence what people believe. For example during the 2001 census in England and Wales 390,127 people put down Jedi as their religion. In fact in most areas of England and Wales the number of people who identify as Jedi is higher than those that identify as Jewish or Buddhist.