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“There are two rules that I always adhere to. And that is to work hard and be brave. And I think the essence of hard work is one that’s pretty straightforward. You’ll never be the best looking, you’ll never be the tallest, the most talented, most capable, you’ll never have the most money—there will always be someone better at whatever you’re doing than you are. But you can always be the hardest working person in the room.”
Filmmaker Casey Neistat

P.S. Just after I posted this I saw this Facebook post by my director of photography friend Mac who gives an up-to-date example of what working harder looks like sometimes:


Scott W. Smith



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“If you’re looking for an excuse, you’ll find one.”
Actor/Director Denzel Washington 
60 Minutes interview December 18, 2016

“I’m particularly proud and happy about the young filmmakers, actors, singers, writers, producers that are coming up behind my generation. In particular Barry Jenkins. Young people, understand, this young man made 10-15-20 short films before he got the opportunity to make Moonlight. So never give up. Without commitment, you’ll never start. But more importantly without consistency you’ll never finish. It’s not easy.  If it was easy, there’d be no Kerry Washington. If it was easy, there’d be no Taraji P. Henson. If it were easy there’d be no Octavia Spencer. But not only that, if it were easy, there’d be no Viola Davis. If it were there’d be no Mykelti Williamson, no Stephen McKinley, no Russell Hornsby. If it were easy , there’d be no Denzel Washington. So keep working, keep striving, never give up. Fall down seven times, get up eight. Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship.Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardshipSo keep moving, keep growing, keep learning—see ya at work.”
Denzel Washington
Image Awards
February 11, 2017 /Pasadena, California

Related post:
25 Links Related to Blacks & Filmmaking (2017 Edition)
Art is Work—Milton Glaser
Stephen J. Cannell Work Ethic 

Scott W. Smith



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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s a short film called Notes—a life story, a love story.

The Take Note Store in Canada says this on their website:

We’re so proud of our beautiful new ‘Notes’. Despite living in a time when connecting with people has become so much easier, it has also become so much less personal. This story reminds us of the power of putting pen to paper. We hope you love it too. We worked with BBDO Toronto to produce it.

The film makes me want to fly to Toronto and buy a pen and notepad. Simple, emotional & effective storytelling.

Related post:
40 Days of Emotions

Scott W. Smith

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Here’s a quote I pulled from my 2008 post Just Keep Writing (which itself came from a book called Art & Fear):

“Virtually all artists spend some of their time (and some artists all of their time) producing work that no one else much cares about.”
David Bayles & Ted Orland
 Art & Fear, Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

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Learning a New Skill

Here’s a quote pulled from the 2008 post Creative Learning 2.0:

“There’s really no way around it. Learning any new skill involves relatively brief spurts of progress, each of which is followed by a slight decline to a plateau somewhat higher in most cases than that which preceded it.”
George Leonard

And a nice bookend to that quote is one pulled from the 2015 post How to Write Songs:

“Bob [Seger] was the first one that wrote and recorded his own songs that I’d ever met. He said, ‘you know, if you want to make it you’re going to have to write your own songs.’ And I said, ‘Well, what if they’re bad?’ And he said, ‘Well, they’re going to be bad. But you just keep writing, and keep writing, and eventually you’ll write a good song.’
Glenn Frey


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“The only way to tell if a play is truly spectacular is if it makes the fans jump up and say ‘O, damn, did you see that!”
Actress Taragi P. Henson (Hidden Figures)
Introducing the Play of the Year at NFL Honors ceremony


Let me sneak in one more football post on this screenwriting blog. This isn’t a great photo, but it is a great catch. I knew the one-handed grab by Tampa Bay Buc Mike Evans was special when it happened. So much so that I took the above photo of the reply on the scoreboard.

Apparently some other people thought it was special because a few days ago it was named the Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year.

It was an Thursday night nationally broadcast game. I hadn’t been to an NFL game in over a decade but drove over to Tampa from Orlando last November to see the game. They were playing the Atlanta Falcons who were winning the game 33-14 just before the end of the third quarter.

Since I knew it’d take me two hours to get home I decided I was going to leave after the third quarter. I’m glad I stuck around long enough to see Evans’ catch. I’ll have that tucked away in my good memory bank for as long as I have a memory bank.

And speaking of great catches here’s the only clip I could find of Julian Edelman’s remarkable catch at the Super Bowl Sunday. (Def a play that made fans say ‘O, damn, did you see that!”)

Scott W. Smith


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‘Patriots Won?’

“Patriots won?” were the first two words I heard this morning. Those two words from my wife forming one question sum up pretty well the Super Bowl game last night.

My wife stopped watching  when the underdog Atlanta Falcons had a 28-3 lead. She woke up not knowing the final score and saw on her phone that the New England Patriots won 34-28. It was a game full of drama. The Patriots spent almost three quarters doing everything they could to lose and one quarter fighting to tie the score before time ran out. Then one drive in overtime to become Super Bowl champs—again.

So yeah, the Patriots won. Even if you were pulling for the Falcons to win their first Super Bowl, or what seemed more common, for the Patriots not to win there fifth Super Bowl—you have to at least appreciate excellence at the highest level.

P.S. I’ve only been to one NFL game in the last decade or so and it was earlier this NFL season in Tampa when the Buccaneers played the Falcons. Got to see Mike Evans make this one-handed catch that was voted the NFL Performance Play of the Year.  It’s nice when things line-up so you can see excellence in person.

Scott W. Smith

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