Everything Is A Remix

Hey my mello, i had to drop this article by my boy Austin Kleon.  

Making creative decisions start with what’s already out there. Art is a remix. _regi

Sometime back, I wrote a review of Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. There wasn’t much to write about the book in the review that could satisfy my fascination towards it. Many things had been said by many people on creativity and getting ideas, before Kleon came out with his manifesto. Being a writer and an artist he is a keen observer and a participant of the creative economy in this age of digitization. So I believe being a part of creative economy himself, Kleon’s manifesto is a better outcome of his wisdom. Thus, I decided, why not post the top five things from the book that I learnt and I tend to implement in my daily ritual.

Kleon urges to take a step towards your creative goal by start doing it. He explains everyone is scared to start something and it is a natural sensation.


Nobody knows how to do it. But the important thing here is that you have to do it. And to do it, we have to start.

Pretend to be something you’re not until you are — fake it until you’re successful, until everybody sees you the way you want them to.


“What should I write?”

That’s what every writer at some point in his career asks himself. And most of them, try to write what they know but Kleon has other thoughts on the subject:

The best advice is not to write what you know, it’s to write what you like. Write the kind of story you like best — write the story you want to read.

Kleon suggests to step away from the screen from time to time

because sitting still in front of a laptop or a desktop, we are all immobile. Our mind does all the work but our body becomes non-existing. Keeping our body into motion provides our brain to think at a higher rate. Kleon describes his own working model to keep is his body in motion:

I have two desks in my office — one is “analog” and one is “digital.” The analog desk has nothing but markers, pens, pencils, paper, index cards, and newspaper. Nothing electronic is allowed on that desk.


This is where most of my work is born, and all over the desk are physical traces, scraps, and residue from my process.

The digital desk has my laptop, my monitor, my scanner, and my drawing tablet. This is where I edit and publish my work.

Kleon emphasizes on keeping your day job

which gives you money and a routine. Having money in your hand will give you freedom in what you love to do and having a routine will be the driving force for your creative work, because the amount of time you will be getting, you will like to achieve your creative goal.

The trick is to find a day job that pays decently,

doesn’t make you want to vomit, and leaves you with enough energy to make things in your spare time.



Kleon says:

The way to get over creative block is to simply place some constraints on yourself. It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom.

Write a song on your lunch break. Paint a painting with only one color. Start a business without any start-up capital. Shoot a movie with your iPhone and a few of your friends. Build a machine out of spare parts. Don’t make excuses for not working — make things with the time, space, and materials you have, right now.

This has been summed up nicely by Jack White:

Telling yourself you have all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the colors in the palette, anything you want — that just kills creativity.

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When i speak of that editlife, this is what i'm talking about. This is what happens when edit, score and creativity run amok.

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There has been much speculation on the Internet about how this video was made. So we simply have asked Leonardo to tell us himself. In this interview he talks about his love for cinematic impressions and about how important audio and music are for a movie.

Hereditary Trailer


The dopest trailer of the month.  I love how A24 Studios are doing it.

Hereditary is the kind of movie that is so difficult to write about. Ideally, you would walk into a movie theater knowing nothing but a title (if that) sit down and just let this thing hit you in the face. And I do mean hit. This movie doesn't arrive at your senses with a gentle touch. While it does mange to subtle in many ways, it's going to stick with you and it's going to leave you with images and feelings you simply won't be able to shake. This is not a horror movie that hangs its hat on cheap jump scares. It hangs its hat on real deal horror. That can be interpreted in several ways and it reveals itself in various forms, but the things that serve to scare in this movie aren't just scary because someone broke an uneasy silence with a loud noise. These are the kind of things you lose sleep over.

Writer and director Ari Aster asserts himself as a masterful talent right off the bat. This isn't a man with a lot of experience, but this feels like a movie made by someone who has the skill and wisdom that can only come from years of dedication to the craft. Hereditary does not feel like a debut feature in any way and that is perhaps the highest compliment that can be paid to Aster. This is someone whose career will be watched very closely because of this movie. Whatever he does next, I'm there for it.

Even the best ideas in horror can be ruined by a sub-par cast and, on the other side of that coin, moderate ideas can be heightened impressively with a great cast. Hereditary has the benefit of both having something very interesting to explore while also boasting an amazing cast. Gabriel Byrne and Milly Shapiro absolutely deserve love for what they bring to the table, but there are a couple of truly remarkable performances here. For one, Alex Wolff positions himself as someone to keep your eye on. What he accomplishes here, which is in stark contrast to his very charming turn in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle last year, positions him as a young actor with a vividly bright future ahead of him. But really, this movie belongs to Toni Collette. This is an actress who has been doing very good work for a long time, but she's never had the chance to shine like this before. Collette delivers a transformative, complex and layered performance that is as good as anything you're likely to see this year. This movie would likely have been damn good without her, but it's downright excellent because of her.

A24 has a knack for finding little gems and getting them noticed. This is a movie that feels right at home with their brand. What I don't envy is the challenge of marketing this movie. As mentioned, ideally, one would go into Hereditary totally blind, but that's not how people choose to go see movies. Some movies are viewed, others are experienced. This, in my mind, is the definition of the latter. If you're at all interested in seeing Hereditary for yourself, don't watch a trailer. Don't do anything other than go to a theater and experience this for yourself. A24 and Ari Aster have cooked up something that is, above all else, a memorable and horrifying experience.