"So what I finally decided was, art is simply inevitable. It was on the wall of a cave in France 30,000 years ago, and it’s because we are a species that’s driven by narrative. Art is storytelling, and we need to tell stories to pass along ideas and information, and to try and make sense out of all this chaos. And sometimes when you get a really good artist and a compelling story, you can almost achieve that thing that’s impossible which is entering the consciousness of another human being - literally seeing the world the way they see it. Then, if you have a really good piece of art and a really good artist, you are altered in some way, and so the experience is transformative and in the minute you’re experiencing that piece of art, you’re not alone. You’re connected to the arts. So I feel like that can’t be too bad."
Steven Soderbergh’s keynote speech at the San Francisco International Film Festival (x)
"In Zen we often compare the thoughts in our heads
to clouds in the vast openness of the sky. Clouds
come and go, often in fascinating ways. Sometimes
black clouds run wild in the sky and heavy storms
even tornados, appear. Other times the clouds rise
to lofty heights and shine in dazzling brightness.
Occasionally our thoughts are so wonderful that
they put all the buddhas and bodhisattvas to shame.
The sky embraces any kind of cloud and is never
carried away by the clouds. So put yourself in the
vast openness of the sky. Don’t be tossed away by
thoughts of enlightenment or delusion. To live our
lives fully from moment to moment, we must learn
to settle into the vast openness of the sky. This is Zazen."
Katagiri Roshi (via fuckyeahzen)
I’m currently working on a film with the cinematographer Maria Cabra. It’s a small piece of poetry, shot primarily on Super 8 film, with special consideration of how the light is manipulated before it hits the celluloid (read: filters).
The film focuses on spring, spring showers, and the…
It’s been awhile since my last entry so it’s worth the time to revisit my first entry on business plans, discussing THE BIG IDEA. With our business plans our main objective is to stand out from the crowd. Why are our movies worth attention? Why are they special? What makes them different?
»man’s skull (…) is equal to the universe, for in it is contained all that sees in it. likewise the sun and whole starry sky of comets and the sun pass in it and shine and move as in nature.
is not the whole universe that strange skull in which meteors, suns, comets and planets rush endlessly?
“To me, great fiction is, to quote Flannery O’Connor, both ‘surprising and inevitable.’ Too much fiction is either too predictable — both in premise and on the sentence level — or too forced and hackneyed. The novels and stories I like best are surprising in some fundamental way, yet still ring emotionally true.”
"It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for. It doesn’t interest me how old you are, I want to know if you are willing to risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine. It doesn’t interest me where you live or how rich you are, I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and be sweet to the ones you love. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and truly like the company you keep in the empty moments of your life."
Jon Blais (via wethinkwedream)