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An Amazing Documentary by Louis Theroux- Miami MegaJails

Louis Sebastian Theroux (born 20 May 1970) is an English broadcaster best known for his Gonzo style journalism on the television series Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends and When Louis Met…. His career started off in journalism and bears influences of notable writers in his family such as his father, Paul Theroux and brother Marcel Theroux. He currently works with BBC producing his documentaries and popular TV series.

Theroux spends time in “Main Jail” (PTDC), one of the most notorious sections of the Miami jail system,[1] including time on the fifth and sixth floors of the PTDC where many of the most volatile inmates are incarcerated. The inmates are held for pre-trial and so are to be considered innocent until proven guilty. He also spends time in the Miami-Dade Boot Camp in part two.


What the hell is a Grip?


30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful Wednesday

Take a tour of the world’s apparently robust supply of statues, buildings, and temples–and witness the surprising grandeur of dilapidation.

1. Christ of the Abyss, San Fruttuoso, Italy

(Italian: “Il Cristo degli Abissi”) is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus, of which the original is located in the Mediterranean Sea off San Fruttuoso between Camogli and Portofino on the Italian Riviera. It was placed in the water on 22 August 1954 at approximately 17 metres depth, and stands c. 2.5 metres tall. Various other casts of the statue are located in other places worldwide, both underwater and in churches and museums.

Christ of the Abyss, San Fruttuoso, Italy - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


2. Kolmanskop, Namib Desert

(Afrikaans for Coleman’s hill, German: Kolmannskuppe) is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, a few kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was named after a transport driver named Johnny Coleman who, during a sand storm, abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement. Once a small but very rich mining village, it is now a popular tourist destination run by the joint firm NamDeb (Namibia-De Beers).

Kolmanskop, Namib Desert - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


3. Dome houses, Southwest Florida

Built in Naples in 1981, the futuristic igloos seen above may not be around much longer. Falling into disrepair, one dome home owner seeking to restore the vintage vestibule has encountered nothing but exorbitant fines and bureaucratic hassles in the process.

Dome houses, Southwest Florida - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


4. SS Ayrfield, Homebush Bay, Australia

SS Ayrfield (originally launched as SS Corrimal) was a steel-hulled, single screw, steam collier of 1140 tonnes and 79.1m in length. It was built in the UK in 1911 and registered at Sydney in 1912. It was purchased by the Commonwealth Government and used to transport supplies to American troops stationed in the Pacific region during WWII.

SS Ayrfield, Homebush Bay, Australia - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


5. Wonderland Amusement Park outside Beijing, China

Wonderland is an abandoned amusement park construction project located in Chenzhuang Village, Nankou Town, Changping District, People’s Republic of China, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) outside of Beijing. Originally proposed by the Thailand based property developer Reignwood Group, and designed to be the largest amusement park in Asia (to have covered 120 acres (49 ha)), construction stopped in 1998 following financial problems with local officials, while a 2008 attempt to start construction again also failed.The site, which features a number of abandoned structures, including the frame work of a castle-like building and medieval-themed outer buildings, is being reclaimed by local farmers.

Wonderland Amusement Park outside Beijing, China - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful

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6. Fishing hut, Germany

Fishing Hut in Lake of Berchtesgaden National Park

Fishing hut, Germany - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


7. Holland Island, Chesapeake Bay

Holland Island is a marshy, rapidly eroding island in the Chesapeake Bay, in Dorchester County, Maryland, west of Salisbury. The island was once inhabited by watermen and farmers, but has since been abandoned. It is located in the Holland Strait, between Bloodsworth Island and Smith Island, six miles west of Wenona, Maryland.

Holland Island, Chesapeake Bay - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful

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8. The Kerry Way walking path between Sneem and Kenmare in Ireland

The Kerry Way (Irish: Slí Uíbh Ráthaigh) is a long-distance trail in County Kerry, Ireland. It is a 214-kilometre (133-mile) long circular trail that begins and ends in Killarney. It is typically completed in nine days.It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Kerry County Council, South Kerry Development Partnership and the Kerry Way Committee. The Way circles the Iveragh Peninsula and forms a walkers’ version of the Ring of Kerry road tour. It is the longest of Ireland’s National Waymarked Trails.

The Kerry Way walking path between Sneem and Kenmare in Ireland - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


9. Pripyat, Ukraine

Pripyat (Ukrainian: При́п’ять, Pryp’yat’; Russian: При́пять, Pripyat’) is a ghost town near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, part of Kiev Oblast (province) of northern Ukraine, near the border with Belarus.The city has a special status within the Kiev Oblast, being the city of oblast-level subordination (see Administrative divisions of Ukraine), although it is located within the limits of Ivankiv Raion. The city also is being supervised by the Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine as part of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone jurisdiction.

Pripyat, Ukraine - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


10. 15th century monastery, Black Forest, Germany

The monastery was founded in 1084–85 in the Black Forest, by the source of the Brigach, against the background of the Investiture Controversy, as a result of the community of interests of the Swabian aristocracy and the church reform party, the founders being Hezelo and Hesso of the family of the Vögte of Reichenau, and the politically influential Abbot William of Hirsau. The intended site was initially to be at Königseggwald in Upper Swabia, but at William’s behest St. Georgen was chosen instead. The settlement, by monks from Hirsau Abbey, took place in the spring and summer of 1084; the chapel was dedicated on 24 June 1085.

15th century monastery, Black Forest, Germany - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


11. Kalavantin Durg near Panvel, India

Kalavantin durg is situated aside the prabalgad,the pinnacle is in clouds during rains half of the time. The base village for the climb is Prabalmachi. A majestic trek and awesome place to visit during monsoon.

Kalavantin Durg near Panvel, India - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


12. The remains of the Pegasus in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

Pegasus Field (ICAO: NZPG) is an airstrip in Antarctica, the southernmost of three airfields serving McMurdo Station. Pegasus is a blue ice runway capable of handling wheeled aircraft year-round, and the principal Ice Runway on the sea-ice available during the summer Antarctic field season. The other two are the snow runways at Williams Field that are limited to ski-equipped aircraft. The field is named after Pegasus, a C-121 Lockheed Constellation, still visible there in the snow after crashing in bad weather on October 8, 1970. No one on board was injured.

The remains of the Pegasus in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


13. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត) is the largest Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura (Khmer: យសោធរបុរៈ, present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaivism tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia,appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


14. The Maunsell Sea Forts, England

The Maunsell Forts were small fortified towers built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War to help defend the United Kingdom. They were named after their designer, Guy Maunsell. The forts were decommissioned in the late 1950s and later used for other activities. One became the Principality of Sealand; boats visit the remaining forts occasionally, and a consortium called Project Redsands is planning to conserve the fort situated at Redsand.

The Maunsell Sea Forts, England - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


15. Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, England

Bodiam Castle is a 14th-century moated castle near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, with the permission of Richard II, ostensibly to defend the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years’ War. Of quadrangular plan, Bodiam Castle has no keep, having its various chambers built around the outer defensive walls and inner courts. Its corners and entrance are marked by towers, and topped by crenellations. Its structure, details and situation in an artificial watery landscape indicate that display was an important aspect of the castle’s design as well as defence. It was the home of the Dalyngrigge family and the centre of the manor of Bodiam.

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, England - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


16. Czestochowa, Poland’s abandoned train depot

Czestochowa, Poland’s abandoned train depot - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


17. Sunken yacht, Antarctica

In April, a 76-foot Brazilian yacht named Mar Sem Fin (Endless Sea) sank off the coast of Antarctica, likely due to ice compression and strong winds. Four crew members were rescued from the yacht, which is owned by Brazilian journalist João Lara Mesquita, who was in the region producing a documentary, according to MercoPress.

Sunken yacht, Antarctica - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


18. Abandoned distillery, Barbados

Abandoned distillery, Barbados - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful

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19. Michigan Central Station, Detroit

Michigan Central Station (also known as Michigan Central Depot or MCS), built in mid-1912 through 1913 for the Michigan Central Railroad, was Detroit, Michigan’s passenger rail depot from its opening in 1913 after the previous Michigan Central Station burned, until the cessation of Amtrak service on January 6, 1988. At the time of its construction, it was the tallest rail station in the world.

Michigan Central Station, Detroit - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


20. 1984 Winter Olympics bobsleigh track in Sarajevo

Sarajevo Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track is bobsleigh and luge track situated on Trebević mountain overlooking the City of Sarajevo, built for 1984 Winter Olympics.

1984 Winter Olympics bobsleigh track in Sarajevo - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


21. Craco, Italy

Craco is an abandoned commune and medieval village located in the Region of Basilicata and the Province of Matera in Italy. About 25 miles inland from the Gulf of Taranto at the instep of the “boot” of Italy. It is typical of the hill towns of the region with mildly undulating shapes and the lands surrounding it sown with wheat. It was abandoned in 1963 due to recurring earthquakes.

Craco, Italy - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful

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22. Russian military rocket factory

These incredible pictures were taken by a young Russian woman after she crept inside a factory belonging to one of the world’s top manufacturers of liquid-fuel rockets. Lana Sator found her way into one of NPO Energomash’s huge factories outside the Russian capital Moscow, without coming across a single security guard – or indeed any other employees at all.
Read more: DailyMail

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23. Abandoned mill from 1866 in Sorrento, Italy

The Valley of the Mills, “The name Valley of the Mills, derives from the existence of a mill – functioning since the beginning of the ’900′s – used for grinding wheat. Attached to the mill, rose a sawmill which furnished chaff to the Sorrentine cabinet makers. Everything is completed by a public wash-house used by the women. The creation of Tasso Square, since 1866, determined the isolation of the mill area from the sea, provoking a sharp rise of the percentage of humidity, which made the area unbearable and determined its progressive abandon.”

Abandoned mill from 1866 in Sorrento, Italy - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful

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24. Cooling tower of an abandoned power plant

Photographer Richard Gubbels out of Utrecht, Netherlands shot these amazing photos inside the cooling tower of an abandoned power plant.

Cooling tower of an abandoned power plant - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful

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25. House of the Bulgarian Communist Party

The House of the Bulgarian Communist Party was built in another era, however, one that long ago crumbled along with the way of life it embodied. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Bulgaria moved into a new age of parliamentary democracy.

House of the Bulgarian Communist Party - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful

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26. Abandoned city of Keelung, Taiwan

Abandoned city of Keelung, Taiwan - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful

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27. Lawndale Theater, Chicago

When the Lawndale Theater of North Lawndale, IL closed permanently in the mid 2000s, it had been in use primarily as a church. The balcony was sealed off from the main level when the theater was converted into a church.

Lawndale Theater, Chicago - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


28. North Brother Island near New York City, New York

North Brother Island is an island in the East River situated between the Bronx and Riker’s Island. Its companion, South Brother Island, is a short distance away. Together, the two Brother Islands, North and South, have a land area of 20.12 acres (81,400 m2).,_East_River

North Brother Island near New York City, New York - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful


29. El Hotel del Salto, Colombia

Tequendama Falls (or Salto del Tequendama) is a major tourist attraction about 30 km southwest of Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia. The thousands of tourists who visit the area to admire the 157 metre (515 feet) tall waterfall and the surrounding nature, make a stop at another nearby landmark as well, the abandoned Hotel del Salto. The luxurious Hotel del Salto opened in 1928 to welcome wealthy travelers visiting the Tequendama Falls area. Situated just opposite to the waterfall and on the edge of the cliff, it provided a breathtaking view to its guests. During the next decades though, Bogotá river was contaminated and tourists gradually lost their interest to the area. The hotel finally closed down in the early 90′s and was left abandoned ever since. The fact that many people in the past chose that spot to commit suicide, made others believe that the hotel is haunted.

El Hotel del Salto, Colombia - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful

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30. Nara Dreamland, Japan

Nara Dreamland (奈良ドリームランド Nara Dorīmurando) was a theme park near Nara, Japan which was built in 1961 and inspired by Disneyland in California. On August 31, 2006, Nara Dreamland closed permanently.

Nara Dreamland, Japan - 30 Abandoned Places that Look Truly Beautiful

Pacific Rim ~Monster Mash~ A Review by Kelly Vance


Pacific Rim

Directed by Guillermo del Toro. With Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba. Now playing. 


Earth is doomed. Okay, what else is new? An ultra-violent, rapacious breed of gigantic reptilian behemoths from the earth’s core is rising out of the Pacific Ocean and ramshackling the entire Pacific region — San Francisco, Tokyo, Alaska, Sydney — in a bid to take over the Earth. They’re called Kaiju, the Japanese term for giant monsters, and like Godzilla, their genesis is a result of environmental tampering. Right, I’m following you, and so? To counter the beasts, scientists built equally Brobdingnagian war robots called Jaegers, manned by human pilots who work synched together inside the bots’ heads — one to handle the right brain, one for the left. The Jaeger-versus-Kaiju war has been going on for years. Oh, and how’s that working out? Not so well. The Kaiju are winning.

That’s the situation in Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s oddly exhilarating but basically routine sci-fi spectacle. It’s exhilarating because the special effects are colossal, stupendous, staggering, and practically nonstop — the heavyweight slugfests take up at least 90 minutes of the 131-minute running time. The action is exquisitely rendered as well as stupefyingly loud. The “routine” part has to do with the stuff sandwiched in between fights, little things like story and characterization.

Manly English actor Charlie Hunnam (Deadfall) plays Raleigh Becket, a construction worker and former Jaeger pilot called back into the service by Marshal Stacker Pentecost (action stalwart Idris Elba), the supreme military commander. Both Raleigh and his new female co-pilot, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi, the teenager from Babel), have unresolved issues from the past that they must deal with, in addition to some Top Gun-style hotshot pilot rivalry antics. Raleigh doubts himself after the combat death of his brother. Mako was terrorized as a child by a Kaiju who killed her parents. Another Jaeger team, an Australian father-son combination, offers resistance to Raleigh and Mako, but that passes. Now they have to face the mighty Kaiju in an epic battle in Hong Kong, and prove they have the right stuff. Along the way, cinéaste del Toro quotes every movie from Blade Runner to Chinatown.

Raleigh and Mako’s budding relationship, their intra-service feuds, their inner demons, even the presence of comic relief in the form of two geeky scientists (Charlie Day and Burn Gorman) and a sinister “used-Kaiju-parts dealer” named Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman) — it’s all filler, written by del Toro and screenwriter Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans) to kill time before the next round of fisticuffs. If you’re going to Pacific Rim to see anything but a romping, stomping cataclysm royale, you’re in the wrong auditorium.

We can’t help thinking of filmmaker del Toro’s early gothic work in Mexico and Spain. Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth possess an element of mystery, a lingering sense of the unexplainable, that makes each of them unforgettable. But Pacific Rim is all too easily explained. It’s obvious and dispensable, just another explosion-filled war of the worlds with this month’s most fantastic visuals.

We don’t necessarily want to castigate the director. After all, it’s his big-buck move up the food chain, a chance to play with a huge budget and provide booms and bangs where he once dealt in cries and whispers. But the project is too simple-minded to take very seriously. If del Toro and his associates wanted our respect, they would have taken the money they spent on this children’s toy and used it to feed and educate poor people living in the real Pacific Rim instead. Just to put it in perspective.

Thug Politics

Greece must cut 4,000 jobs to earn its next bailout payment. But with each cut the government’s control in the country is weakening, as the desperate populace turn to vigilante governance, Golden Dawn style.

As cuts bite ever deeper in Greece, many Greeks feel that the government can no longer provide the protection and services needed for a strong civil society. And in this frightening power vacuum the people have turned to another power: “If I get burgled or I have a problem and I call Golden Dawn, in zero time they are here,” says local shop owner, Mathina. But Golden Dawn aren’t just an over-active neighbourhood watch: “We are ready to open the ovens! We will turn them into soup.” It’s statements like these, from a Golden Dawn member running for parliament, that has immigrants in Greece living in fear. And their threats are not idle. Immigrants dragged out of A&E, businesses ransacked and racially-segregated soup kitchens have become commonplace. The checking of people’s papers on the streets is scarily reminiscent of Nazi Germany or Stalin’s Russia. “Greeks are hungry, foreigners are hungry. In the end one will eat the other,” Mathina says simply. As more locals like Mathina turn to Golden Dawn for support it begs the question; at what cost is Greece’s tough economic medicine coming?

Could the Ender’s Game boycott actually sink the movie?

Usually when people organize a boycott of a big Hollywood movie, you sort of assume they’ll barely make a dent. But with Ender’s Game, it actually seems somewhat possible that the fan boycott of the film could generate enough static to keep the studio from getting the word out.

A bit of backstory: Ender’s Game is a classic 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, about a war between humans and insectoid aliens, known as the Formics or “Buggers.” The book has won tons of awards, and is considered a major classic of the genre. In the nearly three decades since writing Ender’s Game, Card has established himself as a leading critic of same-sex marriage, and has advocated for laws against homosexuality.

Over the years, Card’s homophobic views have caused an uproar — most notably when he wrote a weird gay-baiting version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and when the artist on his Superman comic quit to avoid controversy over his views.  But it wasn’t until recently, with a huge budget movie of Ender’s Game coming this fall, that Card’s opinions on homosexuality have become more of an issue. A group called Geeks OUT has started a campaign called Skip Ender’s Game on the grounds that if you buy a ticket to the movie, you’re putting money in Card’s pockets. This boycott was already getting a lot of attention, when Card threw gasoline on the fire by issuing a bizarre statement claiming that homosexuality wasn’t an issue in 1985, and boycotting his work is a sign of intolerance.

Even by itself, a movie about space seems to be a hard sell these days — and we’ve seen plenty of other similar movies lose out lately, because mainstream movie audiences just couldn’t get interested in them. So it seems entirely possible that the mainstream media will be too busy debating Card’s views, and moviegoers will come away with a vague sense that this is a movie about gay-bashing. (The fact that the aliens are called “Buggers” probably does not help.) In today’s crowded movie marketplace, it seems like you have a brief chance to get people’s attention and sell them on your film — and if there’s any narrative out there that confuses the issue, you’re probably doomed.

If that does happen, of course, it won’t be the boycott organizers’ fault — it’ll be Card’s. He absolutely has the right to express unpopular or extreme views, but he also has to take the consequences. He wouldn’t be the first artist whose work was ignored or marginalized because of extremist political opinions, and in this case it’s hard to feel sorry. On the other hand, this could be another nail in the coffin of us getting interesting, challenging space opera on the big screen.

As to whether you should join the boycott — that’s absolutely a personal decision, and probably depends on how much you’re able to separate the author from his work.

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Rules (or non-rules) of Moviemaking from Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch is a major proponent of independent cinema, directing features such as Dead Man, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers, and The Limits of Control.

His latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive, premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or. Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as two vampires in love.

Last week’s Wisdom Wednesday brought you 13 (Lucky) Golden Rules of Moviemaking from Steve Buscemi. The man himself directed readers to “Find the back issue of MovieMaker that lists the rules (or non-rules) of Jim Jarmusch.” Buscemi quickly added his admiration for Jarmusch, saying “He rules. He’s never made a film he didn’t put his complete heart and soul into—and he’s able to make his living at making movies!” So, dear readers, here are Jim Jarmusch’s 5 Golden Rules (or non-rules) of Moviemaking from way back in 2004.

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Rule #1: There are no rules. There are as many ways to make a film as there are potential filmmakers. It’s an open form. Anyway, I would personally never presume to tell anyone else what to do or how to do anything. To me that’s like telling someone else what their religious beliefs should be. Fuck that. That’s against my personal philosophy—more of a code than a set of “rules.” Therefore, disregard the “rules” you are presently reading, and instead consider them to be merely notes to myself. One should make one’s own “notes” because there is no one way to do anything. If anyone tells you there is only one way, their way, get as far away from them as possible, both physically and philosophically.

Rule #2: Don’t let the fuckers get ya. They can either help you, or not help you, but they can’t stop you. People who finance films, distribute films, promote films and exhibit films are not filmmakers. They are not interested in letting filmmakers define and dictate the way they do their business, so filmmakers should have no interest in allowing them to dictate the way a film is made. Carry a gun if necessary.

Also, avoid sycophants at all costs. There are always people around who only want to be involved in filmmaking to get rich, get famous, or get laid. Generally, they know as much about filmmaking as George W. Bush knows about hand-to-hand combat.

Rule #3: The production is there to serve the film. The film is not there to serve the production. Unfortunately, in the world of filmmaking this is almost universally backwards. The film is not being made to serve the budget, the schedule, or the resumes of those involved. Filmmakers who don’t understand this should be hung from their ankles and asked why the sky appears to be upside down.

Rule #4: Filmmaking is a collaborative process. You get the chance to work with others whose minds and ideas may be stronger than your own. Make sure they remain focused on their own function and not someone else’s job, or you’ll have a big mess. But treat all collaborators as equals and with respect. A production assistant who is holding back traffic so the crew can get a shot is no less important than the actors in the scene, the director of photography, the production designer or the director. Hierarchy is for those whose egos are inflated or out of control, or for people in the military. Those with whom you choose to collaborate, if you make good choices, can elevate the quality and content of your film to a much higher plane than any one mind could imagine on its own. If you don’t want to work with other people, go paint a painting or write a book. (And if you want to be a fucking dictator, I guess these days you just have to go into politics…).

Rule #5: Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”