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Video – The mindset to succeed in elite sports

My research looks at the levels of perseverance in creatives, and especially in the filmmaker. However, parallels can be found in other sectors, and elite sport is one such sector. This TEDx video from Professor Tim Noakes was interesting. I thought of Michael Budd and how he elected to go from development to distribution in under a year with his film Love of my Life. Such laser focussed discipline to achieve his goal similar to a elite athlete preparing for the Olympics.

I shall be further investigating research in the elite sports sector.

Published on 26 Jun 2012

Prof. Tim Noakes is a co-founder and executive director of the Sports Science Institute of SA. He is an author, respected academic and A1 rated scientist and has long been acknowledged as an expert in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise. Tim is a Director of UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM). In this talk from TEDxCapeTownED, he lays out the importance of belief in exceptional achievement, and points to the role of the coach in fostering that belief. He leaves a challenge with educators to see their role as creating belief in their students.

Find out more about TEDxCapeTownED athttp://TEDxCapeTownED.org/

Find out more about the ESSM at http://www.essm.uct.ac.za/


Article: Junkee – “How to make it in the Australian Film industry” by Dee Jefferson

I have enjoyed the writings of Dee Jefferson over the years in many publications, least not least when she gave me a great review for a theatre show a few years back!

Dee has written a great article in Junkee about How to make it in the Australian Film industry. She challenges us to check how many films made in 2012 we have heard of, never mind seen.
Take a look here for yourself. and read the whole article here.
She then zeros in on three  first-time feature directors who will be premiering and/or releasing their babies in cinemas over the next few months: Zak Hilditch (These Final Hours, showing in Directors Fortnight in Cannes); Jennifer Kent (The Babadook); and Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays).

What I liked about this article is that Dee avoided the doom and gloom and ‘slag-off Screen Australia’ approach so oft used by journalists and social media naysayers, but elected to focus on a few key points to inspire future filmmaking projects

I think its time I introduced myself to Dee and had a chat.

I also think its time we all went and watched those three films and gave those inspiring creatives some moral and financial support.

So check out the trailer for 52 Tuesdays:


Films – Milius

As the voiceover in the trailer below says “John Milius had more movies made than any other writer in the history of Hollywood.” And yet the industry eventually chucked him out by the sounds of it due to his stubborn perseverance to do things his way. This stubbornness offers a unique insight of perseverance – yes you gotta maintain your own voice but you also have to play the game, play the industry to a certain extent. Bow down to the industry too much and you lose your art, your creativity. A fine line? 

The film looks well worthwhile watching.

Here is the life story of one of the most influential and controversial film directors in the history of Hollywood, John Milius. From his childhood aspirations to join the military to his formative years at the USC Film School, his legendary work on films such as Apocalypse Now, Jaws, Conan The Barbar-ian, Dirty Harry and Red Dawn, to his ultimate dismissal from Hollywood due to his radical beliefs and controversial behavior.


Films: ‘Side by Side’


So you should watch this film because if you are interested in filmmaking, it gives a great insight into the challenges faced by filmmakers during the evolution of film film making to digital film making.

It manages to describe complex technological issues in an easy to read manner, and is directed by Christopher Keneally and produced and presented by Keanu Reeves, who interviews everyone from Scorsese to Fincher, Lynch to Von Trier and more.

This doco inspired me to film the documentary I am making on The Art of Perseverance. Enjoy.

Website: http://sidebysidethemovie.com/
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side_by_Side_(2012_film)