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Recommended for peoples who wants to make movies:
Scriptnotes with John August and Craig Mazin
Scriptcast with Script Doctor Eric
And if you don’t wanna make movies, then just listen to this one:
The Moth Podcast - awesome stories
There’s more but I’m lazy to show the rest. The ones from NPR, the /Filmcast, etc etc.
Podcasts are really insightful and can make your one-hour-drive-to-school very beneficial. Also, they’re usually really entertaining.
1. Made a horror film that will be scored by a student in my college’s music school. That should be cool. Learned lots of production stuff making this, like one: DON’T DEPEND ON THE BIG LIGHTS AT THE MASJID, THEY WILL TURN OFF ON YOU RIGHT AS YOU SAY “ACTION”.
I mean, I learned the lesson: “Be resourceful.” Yeah, that sounds more film-school-y.
2. Wrote and shot a How I Met Your Mother parody video called How I Met Your MSA. Yes, it’s as funny as it sounds and you will laugh at it once I get around to editing it. I did better production-wise on this one, but still learned lots, like how to kinda streamline the process a little bit better. Oh, and it’s hard to both direct and act at the same time.
Profound way to put it: As productions get bigger, having one person do all the big things (writing, directing, acting, AND editing) becomes a LOT to do. I understand why, as you start doing more serious productions, you start distributing all those hats you like to wear.
3. Trying to write (the first 30 pages of) a feature film in class. It’s a little hard, but I’m getting happier and happier.
4. Why am I still doing business school?
5. It’s interesting how different spheres of your life take over at times, you focus on one aspect now, then another later. You’re a lot of things all the time, but sometimes you’re more one thing than the other.
Spent a great deal of the past week readjusting my ultimate goal in pursuing filmmaking and, more specifically, screenwriting.
It’s always important to dig deep into the things you pursue to find out why. So, I did just that. I played the “why?” game. I said what I want to do and then asked, repeatedly, “why?”
I knew one thing: it all had to come down to serve the purpose of my life as I see it. Being a Muslim this means my ultimate purpose is to serve God and to serve humanity.
So, as I mined my answers to find the path that would ultimately reach my final and true intentions, I adjusted my secondary goals and framed it all in terms of the ultimate goal.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been personally interacting with the deaths of so many young people lately (one lost to cancer, another I just heard committing suicide), I’ve taken this moment to look at my life and my aspirations to check it to see if it’s fulfilling what I want it to.
The Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) said the intelligent person is the one who holds himself to account.
So, I’m just trying to be smart.
What I came up with: I ultimately want to write films of 2 types:
1. Films that humanize Muslims.
2. Films with themes supported by Islam.
Those two statements went through a lot of “why?” questioning, but in the end, those two types of films, which I’d told myself I wanted to make when I started leaning toward film, stood to be in line with the purpose I want my life to serve.
Now those two descriptions can ignite a lot of different images in different people, and some may think I mean to create films only for Muslims or only involving Muslims. I, however, intend to write movies for everyone to enjoy. It is through the creation of authentic and human characters (that happen to be Muslim) that I intend to make the 1st type of film. And as for the second, tons of stories can arise that communicate truths that are universally human, but are also specifically supported by Islam. This is in contrast to the views of the world often portrayed in films that aren’t in line with what I, as a Muslim, believe to be true about life.
Anyway, I did a lot of thinking this week, so just wanted to share. In a field with as much controversy as film, it’s important, I feel, to constantly check myself and my intentions so that I can be sure of what I’m doing, because Allah knows so many others don’t know.
At the end of the day, I have to believe in what I’m doing and believe in myself.
Because if you don’t believe in yourself, you make it terribly difficult for others to.
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