Finally figured out what I'm going to do with this particular series of videos by calling it, "Things w/ Amir Motlagh", an apt titled explaining the content embedded in this fuzzy, broken codec.
So, I'm set on keeping this template & execution so that I can actually deliver the goods. I'll simply, recommend stuff that I use ("use" is a broad category of noun) and give a quick update of various things happening from last video, to the latest.
Yes, it's not groundbreaking, but NOT everything has to be, correct?
With that said, hope you enjoy, and please subscribe if you haven't!
Things discussed in this episode for you to peruse:
Hollywood Shot Designer:
As I sit here with responsibilities mounting, time slipping, and enthusiasm temporarily dipping, the last thing I should be technically doing is writing in this white space ahead of me. But, I've committed. A few lines is all we ever need.
I've run across this quote often, but tonight, I felt the need to really spend time with it. It's such a simple idea, but incredibly profound. That's what makes it such an effective message. Who owns the future, as Jaron Lanier asks critically? I do.
Before I get to the item at hand, I will admit that this beard is in desperate need of attention. Apologies.
Now for the things discussed in this episode or you to peruse:
1) First things first: Add me on snapchat @ amirmotlagh
2) My article on DIY Film in the Digital Age, a part of the Mastering Film Series published by Focal Press can be found here:
3) My favorite book purchase this week is Cool Tools by Kevin Kelly. I absolutely love having this thing on the coffee table:
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Not only do you get a 2D cartoon representation of me, you also get some quotable gems I've probably (wisely) moved away from.
In all honestly, this is a cool film series published by FOCAL PRESS with some interesting, and talented(this word is meaningless in many ways, but not always) filmmakers.
I however, did not reread this after it was sent 6 months ago to be published, because, what is the point of revising archived opinion?
With that said, can it possible be the best thing I've ever written? Not sure.
Enjoy, share and let me know your thoughts.
This is a quote from science fiction GRAND MASTER, Robert Heinlein, possibly & ironically most famous for in recent pop culture, as the original source of the Hollywood dud, STARSHIP TROOPERS, a book he penned in 1959. (this is also one hell of a dud sentence, but it's my fucking website, so kindly deal with it)
Most people react to the last sentence in Heinlein's quote, which forgoes context. Given at face value, its a cry against our Western ideal of mastery, and an endorsement of the "Jake of All Trades" pejorative . But in context, both as a quote and in the world we are living in, I think it's a very critical thought. Specialization is an industrial desire, and in our idea centric world, a sure way to be locked into a pivot-less occupation, when the world is accelerating exponentially.
I am a propionate of mastery. But, mastery in it, and only of itself is akin to obsessive compulsiveness. It's a limit of human potential, and of living an interesting and fulfilling life. We should all master one thing, but we should all carry that curiosity and drive into other things that are deserving of our attention. This well rounded pursuit is not to be at the top 5%, or 1% best at all things, but to be capable human beings well suited for adaption. Human beings with ability, empathy, & drive.
So, learn how to code, play an instrument, build a table, or pick up a chemistry book because it is through these other things that you can become indispensable on a higher level at the one thing that really gets your blood boiling. Ultimately, learning is the great human gift.
Here we are again, another week, another shoddily manifested video. But, a commitment is just that, and my word is bond.
This week's subjects and links are here below for you to peruse.
MIRS DAYZ Music Video:
Drops in the Stream:
My guaranteed offer to you if you peruse this:
Headphones + Phone Notifications Turned Off + A Nice Place to Sit + 10minutes = A Meditative State Infused with a Skewed Conception of Time.
This is the first video & probably the only one to accompany the MEAT ON YOUR LONELY BONEZ EP.
The footage is the first reconceptualization of the DROPS IN YOUR STREAM single channel video experiment I ran from Oct-Dec 2014, sans one day. The goal is to have it show up in a few different media.
If you enjoy this video, please comment and subscribe to the all the MIRS Youtube Channel. We are working on a new track at the moment, which will go live with a video as well.
Onwards, upwards & forwards friends,
Welcome to my video update of the second week of Feb, 2015. Below, you will find
things discussed in this (un)episode. The path continues friends.
Tim Ferriss Podcast:
BOLD - Peter Diamandis
MIRS Youtube Channel:
ANIMALS Youtube Channel:
Santa Ana Winds:
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Any time I write directly about film as a 20th century media living in a 21st century world, people get upset. My feeling is that the emotion is tied to a sort of existential anxiety about identity and career, coupled with nostalgia for something we hold dear. I get it.
I love cinema. It’s one of my most beloved passions. But, massive changes are upon us, both on the business end, and even more harrowing, the loss of cultural influence of a media that has absolutely dominated the 20th century. But, if we are to keep this thing moving forward, we all have a responsibility to create a clear vision of the road ahead. This is not a community effort, which would be impossible, but an individual one which demands honesty, projection and ACTION.
What this means is that a) the content has to change b) the delivery of said content (don’t be hurt by the use of that word) has to change c) the form of said content has to evolve d) all of the above. Does this mean VR, does this mean 4D, or the end of the movie star and lower budgets, or does this mean something else all together.
I often hear people complaining about the lack of interesting movies being made. The classic, “they don’t make em like they used to” phrase. Bullshit. If they did “make em like they used too”, we would collectively be bored out of our fucking minds, because we would still be stuck getting sequel 300 of ON THE WATERFRONT (and I love that damn movie). Second, and more important, a ton of fantastic movies are made every damn year. This is without question. There is no lack in storytelling. That is the easiest and laziest fallback to a more complicated challenge. One that I hear time and time again. You cannot make this argument without context.
The real problem is an existential one. A question of supply and demand, and of a now, classical art that is too frightened of the future and too in love with its past to break through the noise. What does this mean? Without experimentation, and I mean real gritty experimentation we cannot know exactly, but, if we continue along the same path, this thing we all love so much will go the way of OPERA. And when it does, the good ol days is all we got.
People often point to studies done years ago about how the cinema is as strong as ever. This is misguided, because again, supply has increased, demand has decreased, while ticket prices have increased. It’s a shadow show. The decline of the American people going to the movies over the years has fallen drastically, while at the same time, the growth of media has increased tremendously. This is why Hollywood bets on the tentpole comic book franchises, those giant movies with endless sequels and stories cultivated years ago. That is where they have a true competitive advantage for now. Scale above all else.
But if you aren’t aware of Moore’s Law and exponential growth, its a good time to use wikipedia because those massive CGI movies are not far off to being replicated at home, with but a few talented people. We are already seeing that stuff being reproduced by small teams and sometimes individually on Youtube. We are not on stable grounds, and nothing, not even the most beloved, is safe.
Build the future, and bet on your vision. Cherish LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, but please, don’t remake it.
article originally posted on Medium
So, I'm still trying to get a hang of this. Please email me a note, or @ me on twitter @amirmotlagh.com and tell me what you might like to hear discussed or any repeatable show ideas before the bigger releases.
Things discussed in this episode include:
Focal Press BIG BRAINS SMALL BUDGETS Series:
I truly admire Alan Watt's, the self described "entertainer". He was truly more than just an entertainer, but his speaking voice and deliver had much to do with his success in communicating ideas. He put you in a trance (i left out ZEN here, it was too easy).
If your not familiar with the man (and you sure as hell should be you rascal) you can find many of his lectures on youtube (in which people put his lectures over some new-agey images which you can disregard) or in audiobook form (this is one of my favorites). I recommend listening to him more than reading his books. It's his delivery + the ideas that make it all worthwhile.
While doing a surface redesign of the site, I got a bit nostalgic when I ran across this item. SHANKS AND THE DREAMERS "Instrumentals for Illegal Aliens" was the first bit of music I recorded as a conceptual whole, to be shipped out into the market. I did some soundtrack work for my film STILL LOVER, but the soundtrack was never intended to stand alone. The images drove the music.
The backstory to this record is one I will always cherish because of the many physical and emotional hurdles it entailed. It took much longer than a year to complete and I had no clue of the recording process. All of it was new.
And on top of that, I was completely self taught and didn't start playing instruments till later than most. At one point in my development, I was playing guitar for about 12 hours a day. My roommate at UCLA wanted to kill me, but he had no choice but to stay out of the apartment. I also surely skipped some classes, driven by my desire to understand how this damn thing worked.
But, the recording process taught me a few lessons. One was that if you want something, you can make it happen regardless of the challenges. The other lesson was that setbacks don't mean anything in the long run. A hurdle is just a small physical barrier, or a psychological abstraction that is solvable. There will be many others to take its place along the way, but taken in small pieces, they don't amount to much. And they can almost always be defeated by ACTION.
Now, I know this isn't all that much, but for a kid who never had any musical experience, and without any knowledge of the tools of recording, I went from 0 to 1 pretty fast all because of a desire to try, learn, execute and ultimately, not give a shit of critical opinions. Because you cannot ship anything if your afraid of peoples reactions.
I'd love to hear your story. Send me message, and play this forward.
Also if you happen to need some introverted tracks to go along with your coffee, your creative work or a long drive, please pick up a digital copy of this ancient work (2007) right below:
Ok, so, here we are nearing the end of the first month of 2015, a wild month politically, and certainly, personally.
One thing that I promised myself, and I've made that socially clear as well is that I am going to commit to consistent communication. And Youtube is one of those streams I want to cultivate.
The only challenge now, is that while we at ANIMALS have been developing super material for the web, we have not figured out how to engage on a more simplistic, communicative level on channels like YOUTUBE.
So, here and now, I keep to my word, while at the same time searching for ways to build the puzzle. Bear with me for awhile, since its not going to be pretty, but, soon enough we'll get into a flow .
For now, if you haven't, please subscribe. Do it. SUBSCRIBE NOW, not later. See, I'm not putting it off, and neither should you.
Enjoy this train wreck of a first attempt while it lasts.