Archive | Inspiration

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How remarkable is your project?

We live in a world of information saturation and sense overload. How will your work stand out? Is it remarkable? I included this TED talk (above) from Seth Godin because he explains this idea more eloquently than I could ever do so. I saw it many years ago and watch it every year or so. […]

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Stunning Wingsuit Documentary: Split Of A Second

What I LOVE about the digital evolution / revolution into which we are living, is that people can make films like this – breathtaking. Stunning. Onwards and upwards! Chris Jones My movies My Facebook My Twitter @LivingSpiritPix Sign up to my mailing list for updates on events, books and free film making tools

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Where are you drawing your inspiration from?

The documentary behind the making of Apocalypse Now (Hearts Of Darkness) is for me essential viewing for all filmmakers. I have recommended it on pretty much every course I have ever run as it’s one of a handful of docs that genuinely captures the madness of production. Watching it always reminds me of my first […]

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TEDxEaling… ideas worth spreading

The last few weeks have been frantically busy and I have hardly had time to get to the blog. I am working on two massive new initiatives – first is ‘50 Kisses’ (we will be announcing the 50 script winners next week – please join the Facebook page for info on the next leg for […]

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How to begin a career in the creative industries… Or, how to reboot an old career in the creative industries.

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 What an extraordinary address. If you work as a creative freelancer, or you create stuff, no matter the discipline, clear 20 minutes from your schedule, switch off the phone, shut down Twitter and Facebook and watch this. So much of what Neil presents chimed […]

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How American Indies Produce Movies… Make Your Film Inevitable! With Ted Hope and Christine Vachon

If you like the video above, you can get access to the whole four hour seminar online by heading out to and signing up free. I hope you enjoy the advice Ted and Christine offer, they have made over 100 movies and won Oscars, BAFTA’s, Sundance, the lot! Onwards and upwards! Chris Jones My […]

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How to make tough film career choices

You know most of the time we pass through life, allowing circumstance or others to make choices for us. In many ways it’s inevitable, it’s simply too hard to swim against the current all the time, and those who do, usually burn out. The trick is making the distinction between what is, and what is […]

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The Art of the Short Film

Over the course of the Gone Fishing festival run, I met tons of very cool film makers. Once such person is Jason Van Genderen who I met in Australia, when I was in competition with him at the Heart Of Gold Film Festival – he has mad an extraordinary short film, shot on a cell […]

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A Masterclass In Story…

Andrew Stanton on Pixar presents a short masterclass in ‘Story’ at TED. I was just sent this by editor friend of mine, Mark Talbot Butler. So many powerful truths compacted into such a short presentation. Gold dust. For those of you who have not seen it, sit back and enjoy… Onwards and upwards Chris Jones, […]

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‘Star Wars’ concept artists Ralph McQuarrie dies, aged 82 – his top ten paintings…

Legendary concept artists Ralph McQuarrie died on Saturday, aged 82. For so many film makers of my generation, his artwork fired the imagination and adorned our teenage bedroom walls. And his work was instructive for personally, as it showed how a stunning artwork could bring a story vividly to life, all before a frame of […]

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‘Spaced’, ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim’… Edgar Wright at the London Screenwriters’ Festival ‘Spaced’, ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim’… Edgar Wright at the London Screenwriters’ Festival! At the eleventh hour, Edgar agreed to join us at the festival and delivered an inspiring session to a crammed cinema of screenwriters and film makers. Please remember to add your comments on the interview below. If […]

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