Chasing dreams and capturing stories. We watched a film with our logo produce laughter, tears and a loud applause to a full audience in the Palais in Cannes, while working with a team who just hustle, laugh, challenge and support. We’re grateful, but still buzzing and hungrier for more. Not yet where we wanna be, but enjoying the ride.
Last week, on an early morning shoot, the sky embodied the word ‘liminal’. This liminal sky is an in-between sky. Liminal, when you’re not where you used to be and not quite yet where you want to be. You’re in the in-between space. A lot of dream chasing is spent in this space.
It’s good to remember that the sun can’t come up any faster. For Stories Like Us, it’s been our best year. Yet, we often want to hurry along our own dawn sky – hungry for the next season, bigger team, more stories, new storytellers and deeper connections. Those things are coming; yet, for now, we have to hang out longer in this liminal space. Here’s to anyone in that space, leaving the old, heading to the new. The sun will rise.
“Stay humble, stay frightened and keep moving forward and it’s gonna work out for you” -Nolan Bushnell. Nolan invented Atari. He invented the first ever computer game. He was Steve Jobs’ only ever boss and then went on to invent Chuck E Cheese. He created multi-billion dollar businesses.
We’re doing a series of films with him on his new games studio and his life insights. This quote was part of the last interview. His ideas on fear felt new. He looks for it – doesn’t try remove it or overcome it. He says without it you won’t grow. If it scares you, it’s a good sign. So here’s to feeling fear and chasing dreams.
We are standing in the inspiration for Gotham city, filming for Stories Like Us. Standing on the red steps, dreaming of opening a studio out here. Clear eyes full hearts… Thank you NYC. Now let’s see what the West Coast has to say.
This was one of those jobs where you see all of your people smiling, laughing, connecting and getting things done. Producing projects that allow the people you admire to shine. That’s the continued goal. Team work really does make the dream work. It also helps when you’re shooting on a location with six Bentleys, a Rolls Royce, several million pounds of football memorabilia and a famous TV personality.
We’ve been running around from meeting to meeting. It’s a busy season for our company and collective. We have had meetings with heads of film studios and some potential partners who would completely change our business. We don’t get hyped by this anymore. Instead we get quiet, and filled with questions. Number one question: Can we do it?
This picture reminds us of the answer. Every building, every office, every person in those offices once started off as a distant dream to someone else. So keep dreaming, keep chasing. To everyone else feeling the fear, your answer is YES. You can do it. Just start. Let’s get it.
Over the past couple years, we’ve made a number films for celebrities and institutions affiliated with the mindfulness movement. A lot of these projects are not ones we can share. However, we can share the latest film we did for Ruby Wax, which discusses her Frazzled Cafe initiative.
There were many ruined takes due to laughter behind the camera; however, we managed to capture good insights and ideas, which we think you’ll enjoy.
I asked him if ‘maybe’ he was strong enough to carry his mum on his back, then waited, then snapped. Their relationship made me feel grateful for my mother who played, mother, father, coach and prayer warrior. Shout out to the family, blood, spirit and tribe who are helping others to better their stories and chase their dreams. Clear eyes full hearts.
“What shape can you see in the lens when I press the button? Some people see circles, some see triangles, some even see fairies, but those guys have magic eyes…” For those of you with kids and you want to capture more than their camera smile, try this technique. It works for me. The trick is: you have to sell it with 100% conviction.