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So who am I?

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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WHY I LIKE THIS VIDEO: Kurosawa was a master filmmaker, relying on image to convey his emotions. How he captures emotions with this imagery is conceptually brilliant. I could watch this video a hundred times and always learn more.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

November 02, 20231 min read

Meet Indiana Jones, globetrotting college professor, star archeologist, fedora model and longtime hater of snakes. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ whipcracking treasure hunter was a throwback to the heroes of 1930s serials, and the first of their Jones movies feels like a series of cliffhangers: Will Indy escape the cave with the booby traps and rolling boulders? Can he rescue Marion Ravenwood and the ark of the covenant from the Nazis? How’s he going to get himself out of that pit of writhing serpents? Rarely have such vintage thrills and spills felt so timeless, though the chase scene in which Harrison Ford hangs off the front of a moving truck remains the epitome of Eighties movies’ derring-do.

Steven SpielbergRaiders of the lost arkharrison ford
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Michael Mandaville

Michael is a writer, filmmaker and dedicated World War II historian who studies martial arts, action films and is learning more about VFX every single darn day. Oh and a Scholar Warrior

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

November 02, 20231 min read

Meet Indiana Jones, globetrotting college professor, star archeologist, fedora model and longtime hater of snakes. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ whipcracking treasure hunter was a throwback to the heroes of 1930s serials, and the first of their Jones movies feels like a series of cliffhangers: Will Indy escape the cave with the booby traps and rolling boulders? Can he rescue Marion Ravenwood and the ark of the covenant from the Nazis? How’s he going to get himself out of that pit of writhing serpents? Rarely have such vintage thrills and spills felt so timeless, though the chase scene in which Harrison Ford hangs off the front of a moving truck remains the epitome of Eighties movies’ derring-do.

Steven SpielbergRaiders of the lost arkharrison ford
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Michael Mandaville

Michael is a writer, filmmaker and dedicated World War II historian who studies martial arts, action films and is learning more about VFX every single darn day. Oh and a Scholar Warrior

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