Today we are going to make a film. Find a quite place, relax for a few minutes and close your eyes (you can previously record the visualization or have a friend read it for you). Have pencil and paper handy.
See yourself in an editing room. It doesn’t matter if you never been in one or have no idea what an editing room looks like. Imagine the room as you believe it should look like. Just know you need some kind of editing machine; that you need to cut, paste, add sound, archives, special effects, titles, credits, make a poster and so forth. Today you are going to edit the movie of your life. So cut, add, move, repeat…it’s your movie after all. You’re not only the editor, but the writer, director, actor and casting agent. Include meaningful flashbacks; change the sound track of some scenes to change their feeling or subtle message. Change the camera angles.
Let’s say that you’re in that scene when you fell down in the middle of the party and everyone laugh. You’re not happy being the clown, so change the angle, the music, the colour another layer of perception. Yes, you could see this moment as one of utter humiliation…or, as one when you tap into your inner authority, stood up, clean the dust from your knees and continued dancing, because you decided to have
a good time in spite of it all. It doesn’t really matter if that’s not how you felt at the moment. What matters is the emotion you decide to give to this episode in your life, now.
Once you have reach the present moment, add the scenes of the future you are working to have. Include your hopes, expectations, possible challenges and solutions to those challenges, outcomes. Imagine those Henry V moments when you have to bring forth your leader and inspire people, of those Rose (Titanic) moments when you have to find the gift within the tragedy. What kind of genre would you say your movies belongs to? What’s its main message? How can it affect other people? How does it end?
Now see the movie poster: the title, the images, the tagline, the blurbs. Write (in your mind first, later on paper) at least three reviews for your movie. It’s is Bafta or Oscar night and you are among the nominees. See yourself smiling at the camera when you hear you have won. Feel the emotions. It’s time to give thanks to the academy: what do you say? Stay with the feelings a bit longer, and when you’re ready, open your eyes.
Write down a 25 word summary of your movie,, its synopsis, title and tagline and review them ever so often to make sure that you are on track and make the necessary adjustments.
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