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I am a Producer-Writer-Director-Novelist-Martial Artist. How's that for a hyphenate! have always worked in film, notably as a Line Producer on all the "Taken" films. I directed two Indie films guerilla style and a web series. I've written novels and over fifty scripts with a third "Hired to Write" or optioned. I've done martial arts most of my life and this path is my steady course for self-improvement always needed in film's highly competitive environment which is my ongoing (meaning I'm buildinng it!) ScholarWarriorWay.com course.

Did you know that if you improve 1/2% each day, then you will be 267% better over one year? Who can compete with that?

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Naval Warfare Systems - Phalanx

Naval Warfare Systems - Phalanx

The Phalanx system is a US navy ship defense. An anti-missile machine gun which was first used in 2024 in an actual shootdown - but's been around forever. ...more

Writing ,Filmmaking &Warrior

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How French Cinema Works

How French Cinema Works

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Filmmaking

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How to Use a Samurai Sword

How to Use a Samurai Sword

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Stunts Explained

Stunts Explained

Stunts explained in this video. ...more

Action Arthouse Films

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Action Arthouse Films

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Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai is one of my favorite films for its intensity, style and era. I really enjoy samurai movies. ...more

Action Arthouse Films

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Blocking a Scene

Blocking a Scene

Camera Blocking is a critical element in piecing together your film in terms of its story and aesthetic - making all the parts work together. ...more

Filmmaking-Blocking

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Camera Lenses - Properties

Camera Lenses - Properties

Camera Lenses have various properties which are useful in conveying the emotional and aesthetic elements of a story. ...more

Filmmaking - Camera

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Origin of Method Acting

Origin of Method Acting

Acting has various strategies and "The Method" is a popular one with numerous teachers and adherents. ...more

Filmmaking-Acting

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Jackie Chan and Action Comedy

Jackie Chan and Action Comedy

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Filmmaking-Genre

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Martin Scorsese-The Art of Silence

Martin Scorsese-The Art of Silence

Martin Scorsese on the Art of Silence in the brilliant series "Every Frame a Painting" ...more

Filmmaking-Shoot

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Akira Kurosawa-Every Frame a Painting

Akira Kurosawa-Every Frame a Painting

An amazing analysis of an iconic filmmaker and his compositions. Watching this video will make you rethink your own work. ...more

Filmmaking-Prep-Composition

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