Satisfaction isn’t absolute

As a creative person, I strive to do the best I can. And my very best is never enough. I set out to make my imaginations a reality, but along the way - through collaborations, partnerships, delegation and a multitude of other struggles/obstacles - the original thought/idea gets lost. Rather, it gets obscured. What I set out to achieve, is very different from the end result. And I’ve begun to realise that it happens to everyone. So, the work we spend a lifetime perfecting is meaningless. Okay, maybe that’s too harsh. Let’s try that again. 

The work we spend a lifetime perfecting, is never going to be perfect. And I need to accept that. But it’s the hardest thing to accept. How do you tell yourself that what you imagine isn’t possible? At least, the exact way you imagined it to be. Compromises are inescapable.

Filmmaking is a joint effort. It’s about choosing the right team and people to work with. So do the best you can, and try translating that in your work. No one is content. And that’s what drives us - the hope that someday, we can be entirely satisfied with our output. So I rather strive to be the best I can be with what I have to work with. 

Joy is overrated.

Moses and Jesus are playing golf. Moses steps up to the tee and hits a beautiful shot 250 yards, straight down the middle of the fairway. Jesus steps up to the tee and hooks the ball into the trees. Jesus looks up into the heavens, raises his arms. Suddenly, the sky darkens. A thunderclap rings out. Rain pours down and a stream rises among the trees. The golf ball, floating on top, finds its way into the mouth of a fish. Then a bird flies down and takes the fish and the bowl out over the green, drops it in the cup for a hole in one. Jesus turns to Moses with a satisfied grin and Moses says, ‘Look, want to play golf or do you want to fuck around?’
Leona, The Newsroom

"I don’t care what you’re pitching – it can be about genocide, it can be about child killers, it can be about the worst kind of criminal injustice that you can imagine – but as you’re sort of in the process of telling this story, stop yourself in the middle of a sentence and act like you’re having an epiphany, and say: You know what, at the end of the day, this is a movie about hope."

(via Instapaper)

I watched Gravity 2-3 weeks ago and was absolutely blown away.
The web was abuzz about the film. Critics and viewers loved it. But then something interesting began happening. Articles on how the film was made began flooding my twitter feed.
Here are a few of them:
- The Camera’s Cusp : Alfonso Cuarón takes filmmaking to a new extreme with Gravity by Vulture Magazine
- Why Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón will never make a space movie again by Wired
- How the sound masters of Gravity broke the rules to make noise in a vacuum by The Verge
- An astronaut fact checks Gravity by Vulture

I watched Gravity 2-3 weeks ago and was absolutely blown away.

The web was abuzz about the film. Critics and viewers loved it. But then something interesting began happening. Articles on how the film was made began flooding my twitter feed.

Here are a few of them:

- The Camera’s Cusp : Alfonso Cuarón takes filmmaking to a new extreme with Gravity by Vulture Magazine

Why Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón will never make a space movie again by Wired

- How the sound masters of Gravity broke the rules to make noise in a vacuum by The Verge

- An astronaut fact checks Gravity by Vulture

Films I’m looking forward to

I thought I’d share the list I keep on my iPhone. I also intend to keep updating this list as new trailers/talent grab my attention.

The following are not in any order, and the titles link to each films’ trailer.

- Her
I would love for you to share a link/title of a trailer/IMDb page that you find interesting. 

Quentin Tarantino’s top 10 movies of 2013 (so far)

Here’s the list in alphabetical order as published by Variety:

1. Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)
2. Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
3. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
4. The Conjuring (James Wan)rp
5. Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)
6. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
7. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
8. Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)
9. The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
10. This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)