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I wrote a ‘lil guest post about film producing.
No one knows more about the art of storytelling than those writing and producing stories for a living. The first in a continuing series, we’ll be picking the minds of talented storymakers around the world to collect some of the best practices and tips associated with creation. If you’d like to be featured in a future post, please send a hello email to keane(at)deluxis.com. And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more exciting Deluxis news.
Who is Stephanie Watanabe?
I am an independent film producer. I teach film production at Berkeley Digital Film Institute and consult with and advise creative entrepreneurs on their projects from Development through Distribution. And yes, filmmakers are most definitely entrepreneurs!
My love of storytelling goes as far back as age six when I declared to my parents that I was going to “be in the movies.” Little did they know, I was actually serious. I attended many filmmaking workshops across the country throughout high school and majored in TV/Film during my undergraduate studies. From there, I got accepted into the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles for my M.F.A. in Producing. After that, everything else just fell into place.
What are five things you wish you knew when you first started working as a producer?
~Oscar de la Renta (via oscarprgirl)
Truth. Oscar knows best. :)
I adore these words.
So beautifully true.
Truth. Trust 30.
Day 24 prompt (past-due):
Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are our most potent at our most ordinary. And yet most of us discount our “ordinary” because it is, well, ordinary. Or so we believe. But my ordinary is not yours.
Three things block us from putting down our clever and picking up our ordinary: false comparisons with others (I’m not as good a writer as _____), false expectations of ourselves (I should be on the NYTimes best seller list or not write at all), and false investments in a story (it’s all been written before, I shouldn’t bother).
What are your false comparisons? What are your false expectations? What are your false investments in a story? List them. Each keep you from that internal knowing about which Emerson writes. Each keeps you from making your strong offer to the world. Put down your clever, and pick up your ordinary.
(Author: Patti Digh)
My false comparisons (are endless):
They go something like this…”I’m not as __________ as so-and-so
(insert words of adoration + praise that I envy in the blank) i.e.: beautiful, talented, “together”, spiritual, deep, focused, creative, inspiring, connected, soulful, FUN, etc.
As of lately, my main false comparison is that “I’m not as focused as all of the other women in my online biz school program. They are super diligent, focused and already know what they’re offering and I don’t.”
My false expectations (are almost hilarious):
I hold myself to unbearably high standards most of the time. Right now I’m trying to fundraise for a documentary I’m Producing called Recovering Irma and I have had this crazy notion that I’m supposed to raise our budget (which is quite large), all by myself and immediately. Like yesterday. Totally unrealistic and it ‘causes more pain than to just accept where we’re at, do the hard work and trust that it will happen when it happens. Gotta go with the flow baby.
My false investments in a story (which story? there are many):
A few years ago a great social worker introduced me to the idea that we all have lots of “stories” that we tell ourselves. In the last 6 months my coach and I have been uncovering some of these stories together - and it’s terribly interesting (and scary) what I tell myself is true.
My favorite story is…that unless I get a degree in all of the things I’m interested in, that nobody will take me seriously or give a two shits about what I have to say. As a multi-passionate person this would probably mean that I am perpetually in college. Which is not all that appealing.
What are your falsehoods that need a little examining? It’s hard to shine the light on these dark places, but feels oh-so-good to get it out into the light. No?
Truth. Trust 30.
Day 23 prompt (post-due):
The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you could picture your intuition as a person, what would he or she look like? If you sat down together for dinner, what is the first thing he or she would tell you?
(Author: Susan Piver)
My intuition is a hot, fiery yet soulful and mysterious brunette. She pretty much rocks.
Over a dinner of her fave meal (spicy carnitas tacos from the taco trucks on International Blvd. in Oakland), I think she’d say…
GIRL, JUST DO IT.
FUCK THE FEAR.
Did I mention she drops f-bombs? Regularly.
What does your intuition tell you?
Digame, por favor.