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My name is Michael Mandaville.  I am a Filmmaker, working on the “Taken” series, directing my own films and webseries.  I am a Writer, finishing my own novels, non-fiction and scripts.  I am a Martial Artist who has been in Kenpo Karate for the last 35+ years.  I majored in Philosophy so I think too much.  Together, here, I am sharing Insights, Resources and Methods for you to become your own Creative Explorer.  I believe we are all Creators of our own Destiny.  And Explorers of new Paths to benefit yourself, your community and humanity. 

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What is a Creative Explorer?

Creative Explorer Definition

  1.  A person who would normally be a hyphenate such as a Writer-Producer-Director-Actor but has other interest that inform their primary ambition.
  2. A Person keenly interested in Creativity in many forms such as artistic expression as well as business entrepreneurship.
  3. A Polymath – but some Creative Explorer don’t like that because they don’t like math.

Am I a Creative Explorer?

Creative Explorer Self-Analysis

  1. Do you see connections between various competencies or skills?
  2. Do you intuitively or consciously connect the dots between two skills?
  3. Do you like the approach away from a Specialist and toward a stronger Generalist?

Fight Scene Details

In the films that I’ve worked on like the ”Taken” series, ”American History X”, etc., the script conveyed action in a laconic manner – and was later fleshed out in relation to the actual location and shot lists.  Shane Black was masterful in writing his action moments together with strong characterization. 

Values in Filmmaking: Artistic Value

What are the ‘Values’ for Indie Filmmaking?   When we think of ‘Values’ and Independent Film, I have seen Values that consistently show themselves in the financing and making of a Film.   The challenge is that not everybody is looking at the same cards at the...

Coronavirus Links – Restarting Production

Coronavirus Links – Restarting Production

  RESTARTING MEDIA PRODUCTION - IN A COVID19 WORLD 6/17/20 INSURANCE: Insurance remains a critical question in restarting production.  Production insurance covers so many unpredictable circumstances for cast, crew, sets, etc.,  And now Coronavirus has added one more...

Michael is in Miami reporting for Indie Brigade at the worldwide NATPE conference.  NATPE is the much required short version of ”National Association of Television Programming Executives”.   While the organization started as traditional television, the group now...

Film Production, COVID and Insurance

Film Production, COVID and Insurance

I have been reading articles, talking with insurance companies, bond companies and others about insurance industry for Indie Film Productions in the US. The challenge is that Indie Films need the required insurance to cover a film when it is funded through the Indie method of Banking-Minimum Guarantees-Equity-Distributor-Completion Bond.

Fight Scene Details

In the films that I’ve worked on like the ”Taken” series, ”American History X”, etc., the script conveyed action in a laconic manner – and was later fleshed out in relation to the actual location and shot lists.  Shane Black was masterful in writing his action moments together with strong characterization. 

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CREATIVE EXPLORERS! This is a Go To website for Production Incentives, especially overseas.   1. Pandemic Response for Productions: With the ongoing pandemic, I think that there are going to more and more productions going overseas. The protocols in other countries...

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