Why Mindful Filmmaking?

We can’t achieve that which we aspire, until we first become aware of and obtain that which we lack.

Mindfulness is Awareness

  • Do we truly understand our audiences expectations?
  • Do we have the skills and the resources to deliver?

We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.  –Archilochos

A film is only a “thing” after  it’s been through “a process.”

It’s only a film or a documentary when we answer “What, where and how do we do it?” Similarly we must ask, what does success look like for this film. What do we want this film to do for us and where we are we in our journey? Are you aware of  all the moving parts?

This applies to documentary, fiction, television commercials, corporate video production. Any and every-time we use cinema to tell stories.

Mindful filmmaking is:

  •  about defining purpose and direction.
  •  about self awareness and having the ability to judge our work within the arena which we presently compete and aspire to thrive.

It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. – Epictetus

Although the quote is specifically about philosophy, the point is – “If we are to become truly good at art we must first approach the learning and practicing the fundamentals with an empty mind. If your mind is already full of what you know, there is no room for anything else.

By admitting that you might not know everything, you open the door to new possibilities. But as soon as you “know” something, your path has been determined the door closes and your mind is no longer accessible. You’re stuck where you are. Some stay stuck playing and wearing the title filmmaker.

 Stupid is as stupid does. – Forest Gump

Getting early knowledge by diving in and shooting from the hip is a great introduction to filmmaking, but if the new filmmaker hopes to move audiences into laughter and tears they must develop the necessary directing skills. This always starts with becoming aware of what we don’t know.

Mindful filmmaking starts by acknowledging – We don’t know what we don’t know. – John Holser