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10 Lessons on Filmmaking from Jodorowsky
In Story:WeProduce – The Production Company, we love to listen the great ones, Jodorowsky is one this, pay attention now you are going to read 10 lessons on Filmmaking from him. Alejandro Jodorowsky premiered his first directorial feature in 23 years at Cannes this year with the fictionalized autobiographical film The Dance of Reality. The man behind cult favorites El Topo and The Holy Mountain delighted audiences with his magic-realist account of growing up in Tocopilla, Chile. It was met with a standing ovation, and the director called the film’s reception in France one of the proudest moments of his life. The Dance of Reality is marked by fantastic, surreal characters, from an opera-singing mother to an overzealous anarchist to a painted religious guru. It is easy to see how Jodorowsky’s blooming imagination took shape with such a beginning. His own son Brontis Jodorowsky plays his father in the film, an abusive man who dresses as Stalin, forces willpower and manliness upon the young golden-locked Alejandro, and dreams of becoming a communist hero. The film was a healing exercise for Jodorowsky, something he described as a spiritual work in addressing his abusive upbringing. The whole effort behind the film was a family affair, with his sons Adan and Axel also acting in the film, and his wife Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky creating the costumes. Jodorowsky fans were treated to a double bill at Cannes this year alongside Frank Pavich’s documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, a film about “the greatest movie never made.” The feature recounts Jodorowsky’s epic adventure into adapting Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic onto screen, all while recruiting a dreamlike cast of collaborators including Orson Welles, Salvador Dali and Pink Floyd. The script became the size of a phonebook and the budget was blown, ultimately lending to Dino De Laurentiis picking up the book rights to have David Lynch helm. Jodorowsky had to sit back and watch while his ideas influenced sci-fi films to come over the next decade, largely leaving him behind. The majority of the documentary’s screen time is thankfully given to Jodorowsky himself and his hilarious memories. We could easily listen to him reminiscence for hours about this not-so-insignificant time in cinematic history. We share this information with images from Holy Mountain one of the best film of Jodorowsky.   1. Filmmaking can be therapeutic.
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              2. Filmmaking is a spiritual experience. Keep going to get to that spiritual place.
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  3. Filmmaking is sacred, in fact.
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  4. Be present, all the time.
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  5. Talent can’t be forced. It can be nurtured. 
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  6. Identify your skillset early on.
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7. Stand up when you fall down.
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  8. Work with like-minded people.
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    9. It’s not about process. It’s about ideas.
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  10. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a routine.  
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