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Next Level Filmmaker PODCAST EP1 – Introduction

by Clarke Scott | Last Updated: September 7, 2021

This is the first episode of the podcast from the first time I created the show. In the episode, I introduce the podcast and explain m thought for how I want to do the interviews.

This was recorded back in 2019 and so has a few things in there that are not available now.

Still, I thought this episode would be good to include in the relaunch of the Next Level Filmmaker brand

Moving forward I will be adding show notes for each episode on the website together with the resources mentioned by the guests.



Episode Transcript

So one unique or even strange thing you do or have done that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far.

Welcome to another episode of the Next Level Filmmaker podcast where we interview filmmakers from around the world to explore their pathway to success that worked, what’s working now, so you can take your Korean business to the next level. I’m your host, Clarke, Scott. And I believe that having the right systems in place is the difference between taking your career and business to the next level, or just being another dude or dudette with a camera. So if you’re tired of hustling for one of projects, being undervalued and underpaid, I’d like to invite you to an exclusive free training I’ve put together for filmmakers, just like you where I share the exact strategies I’ve used to grow my own video production agency. Just go to Clarke, Scott That’s clock with an E. Clarke Scott forward slash free training. That’s Clarke Scott forward slash free training and start your journey to becoming a next level filmmaker today.

Okay, so welcome, guys, to the first episode, this is a somewhat of an introductory episode because I’m actually going to be interviewing myself kind of I really just basically going going to go through the context and set some context for the program and, and the format of it. So basically, what I’m looking to do is to interview and I’ve got a whole bunch of great filmmakers, Emmy Award winners, Vimeo, staff, pick winners, documentary filmmakers that have their their stuff on Netflix, some big names and and you know, some names that you’ve probably never heard of. But you will, very shortly and to essentially interview these people to really start to, to pick apart the difference between a filmmaker that is successful and a filmmaker, that struggles so that basically what you can do is, is to begin to deconstruct your own situation, so that you can see the things that you’re that are preventing you from being able to level up to go to the next level. You know, I know it’s my whole thing, next level filmmaker.

And it’s slightly, you know, it’s quite cliche. Perhaps the whole next level thing is it’s been used a lot, but you what you’ll find is it it’s these one percenters that are the difference between those that are doing well and those that aren’t? It’s not necessarily it’s certainly not lenses and cameras and, and what have you, because, you know, that’ll change 10 years ago with, with what Vincent la Foret what he how he found that through canon, you know, it wasn’t just him. But that was really what the beginning of everything to change, but it wasn’t just coming across a camera. It was the the the world economy was changing. The Chinese manufacturing was becoming mature, there was a whole bunch of things that coincided the color coalesced. To make the entire world and video production and film production. Everything changed during that from 2008 2009. And it’s still changing now. The industry is still changing now. So what I’m what I want to do is I want to interview filmmakers, be they can strictly commercial filmmakers, or those those of us that are working in both the commercial space and trying to break into more of the the film industry, and also those that are just working in television and film to interview these people to find out what what is it in them that takes that’s caused them to be successful? While What is it in those that struggle that continues for them to struggle. So the way that I’m essentially going to do that is by asking five questions to each filmmaker, the same questions, each filmmaker now before you think, what that’d be boring, I won’t be boring. In fact, I feel it’s a really smart way to go. Because by asking the same questions again and again, and obviously, the questions then need to be very strategic and very tactical. But anyone that knows me knows that I’m actually, I believe that I’m quite good at asking questions and specific questions that will elicit the answers that I want. So what do I want? I want to find out what are those little things that people are doing, that creates success? So therefore, by asking questions in a way that’s nebulous enough to allow them the scope to answer the question how they see fit, we can then pick the kind of the meaty, the juicy bits from the bones of the conversation in order to then implement that into our into our own careers. So in some ways, you know, am I being selfish? Not really, but I’m genuinely curious as to what this will be. I have a very strong hunch as to what a lot of it will be. For sure, no doubt about that. But I think the the the implementation

Across the board, we’ll see we’ll start to see some patterns and those patterns we can then implement into our own careers in our own business. So, I will believe I will be implementing some stuff into, into, you know, my career as well. So in that regard, you know, perhaps it is a little bit selfish, but I genuinely want to help others. That is a big part of who I am as, as, as a as a person as a human being. So I’m going to really enjoy doing this. But for now, enough of my rambling, the question, the first question I’m going to ask everyone is, how did you get your start? And, in fact, what I’m gonna do is I’ll just read through all five of them, and then I’ll go through and explain to you why I’m asking those those specific questions, so that you can see the strategy and the tactics behind what I’m doing. Okay. So the first one is, how did you get you? How did you get your start? The second is, what’s the one thing the what what’s the one unique or even strange thing you do? Or have done that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far? Number three is what do you do to sustain your career? Number four is what are you doing today to help your tomorrow? And number five is, tell us something you’ve read, watched or heard that inspired you recently? Okay, so let’s go back to the first question. You know, the first question is basically just the Genesis. But what I tell all the guests that come on is, what effectively, what I don’t want to hear is just produce good content, because I think that’s rubbish. I think it’s a very shallow analysis of what’s going on, there’s so much good content out there that it can’t, it can’t just be that it has to be something more than that.

I remember back in the day, when I was at art school, and I was asking questions of those that were ahead of me, both in terms of their ability, and they and they probably rule a talent as well.

And often we get these very generic and like just a really showing a shallow analysis of what was what it would take to become talented to become good at, at, at what I was doing. And I started to kind of look further, like underneath what they were saying to really garner more information, more information in terms of a deep analysis of what’s actually going on from a kind of visceral physical perspective. And so how did you get your start is really about getting them to explore.

In a more detailed, and what I plan to do is just kind of to ask questions to kind of dig deeper. And, and I think from that, we can then start to see patterns across you know, if we, we do lots of episodes, we’ll start to see patterns of, you know, what’s working and what’s not working. So that’s the reason why that question. And it’s also just nice to hear those kinds of stories as well. I certainly liked them. So hearing about where how people can start is fantastic.

The second question is that one unique or even strange thing? So this is a carry on from the first question. Because if someones does say to me, oh, you know, I just produce good content. I’m gonna call bs on that, and then ask them, you know, so what’s the one unique or even strange thing that you did? So you get what I’m saying, right? It’s the one thing that kind of changed everything, that’s a little bit unusual. So hearing those stories, I’m keen and curious just to hear them. But we may also then be able to get some information out of the answers that will enable us to help you with the basics we can put those things into practice in our own careers and businesses. Okay, the third is, what do you do to sustain your career? So I, personally, I think this is very important. burnout is a real thing in business. In careers, it’s well known that people that produce if you’re so lucky to shoot a feature film, and anyone that’s done this knows the amount of work that’s involved, like it’s just night and day between short content and long content, even in 1000 Moments later, my first feature film,I was not prepared for the amount of work that was involved. Truly, it was just it was incredible, extremely tiring.

Therefore, we need something to sustain it. So you know, hobbies, what have you I do meditation, the things that we do outside of what we do in terms of career in business that helps sustain the business. So for me, meditation is a massive part of my life. I meditate every single day. I meditate multiple times a day at It is, if you’re anyone that’s never meditated, and I hear people talk about meditation, I’m sure that it can sound just ridiculous. But anyone that has meditated for years on a regular basis, because I’ve certainly heard people, and even my mom, as I’ve tried to get her into meditation over the years, and, you know, she’ll try it once or twice, and it’s like, and it doesn’t work. But here’s the thing, it’s like exercise, right? It’s mental exercise, if you don’t exercise regularly, of course, the exercise is not going to work. If you, if you exercise one day, you do two hours of exercise, and then you go and get drunk the, for the next three days, of course, the exercise is not going to work. So you need a sustained practice. So therefore, that’s the reason why I said, both sustain your career.

And in some ways, sustaining the things that we do outside of our career is what helps us sustain. There’s a lot of S’s in that word in that phrase, to sustain the career itself. And if you if, like, I have shot a feature film, you know, you need something outside to sustain your energy just to be in, I were in post for like, eight months.

It was it was a, it was a grind, it really was.

And, okay, so on the question form, what are you doing today to help you tomorrow? Again, you can see how these are all kind of related. So what are you doing today? So what are you doing to sustain your career? What are you doing today, to help your tomorrow? This is, I think one is more strategy one is more tactical. So question three is strategic. And question four is tactical. So just practical things that you’re doing.

That moves the needle in a positive direction. So what are you doing today to help your tomorrow? Okay, so that’s number four. And number five is just something that’s inspired you. So tell us something that you’ve read or watched or heard, that inspired you recently. So I want to know, things, whether it’s a new book, or whether it’s a new movie, just discovering things that I can then go and hopefully you guys can as well, we can go and read the book, watch the movie, etc. So that’s basically the format, the motivation behind it.

Really, it’s about offering some educational material around becoming a Next Level Filmmaker, by really understanding what it is that takes. And just by hearing it from the mouths of those that are successful, hearing those little things that we can then implement.

So have you enjoyed today’s episode, and here’s what I want you to do next, I want you to take one thing that you got from today’s show, and to put it into practice in your career in business, because it’s only through having the right systems in place, that you’ll be able to take your career and business from where you are today to where you want to be. So again, I hope you enjoyed today’s episode. So until next time, I’m Clarke Scott from Next Level Filmmaker. Have a great day.

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