Personally, I think Frank Underwood`s character in House of Cards perfectly embodies a lot of laws and Suits touches him a little bit too, but not so well. If you`re in a negotiation about your funding for your film and someone offers you $250,000, but you feel like you can get $25,000 more. Don`t try me. Both personal power and external power. Today I want to show you something we`ve been working on for WEEKS. And it`s about how you get that power. People who are not at the “top” will look at you with contempt if you are too perfect. They will begin to applaud that you fail. They now see it with the celebrities we`ve built by paying attention to them, buying their movies, watching their sex tapes, researching their income, etc. Then they get “too big” and suddenly, the highlight of our day is a Buzzfeed article “Top 5 Celebrity Rehab Pictures”.
Ignoring someone doesn`t give them any power over you. They can`t argue with you. They can`t influence you. They`re gone. Years later, when Caesar came to power, he sent a fleet to sea, found the pirates, and did just that. It has all the marker messages from a great guide to some of the power dynamics you might encounter unfortunate (or fortunately?) in the film industry. Below are the laws written in case you can`t watch the video or need it as a reference for something. We will add a table of contents shortly. Have fun and keep doing MASSIVE ACTION. Now, sometimes we want to show how amazing and smart we are as artists, but that can backfire on you, especially if you`re trying to gain power because people will have their vigilance. The media may criticize Warren Buffet for making supposedly shady economic decisions or deals, but they very rarely talk about Charlie Munger. He gets half the wealth and power without blame.
I can bet that almost every movie has a character who uses power techniques to his advantage. Someone who is good at using levers while portraying a charming personality is the guy from the movie Nightcrawler. Why do directors resort to the same tropes that they have always made and that have been making the same film for 30 years? (*cough* Woody Allen). The one thing that repeats and romanticizes the past gives you an endless loop that you can`t solve, and so you`re stuck there. It`s all-consuming. Now, those people who are out of your life have more power over you than people and in your life. Joshua Waitzkin was the guy on whom the book and the movie Searching For Bobby Fischer were based. He was not taught chess in the usual way where you can remember openings.
One of the most powerful things you can do is turn someone who hates you into one of your biggest enthusiastic fans. Your army is strongest when combined. Maybe you`re making a movie about a musician or you`re using your sports connections to get your movie played in a stadium. Either way, you know yourself and your abilities better than I do. Louis XIV was very strategic in the way he built power. In fact, he spent a lot and gave lavish gifts to people who didn`t like him so much. Not like flattery or corruption, but like, “Hey, I think you might like that.” My favorite Machiavellian characters are the new Rick and Shane from The Walking Dead. Power laws are literally used by everyone in TWD Show because they are in survival mode and only take care of themselves. It sounds weird, but Gossip Girl. Real. It is littered with laws. I want you to be incredibly talented, which you hope to be, but I want you to be really talented and make movies like no one else can, and I want you to change lives like no one else can.
The perfect courtier has as much power as the king, but he is not in danger because no one feels threatened by them. You can watch from the sidelines, while others target the highest authorities. There`s this big book called So Good They Can`t Ignore You, and it`s about becoming indispensable. So, to sum up, if you want power: Sparta, home to the world`s most powerful soldiers, has collapsed. Now let`s talk about Louis. It`s rare that someone has been at the helm of the game for so long and still has a growing fan base, so how does Louis CK do that? One of the reasons is that he does not claim to be a God. He points out his own mistakes and regularly makes fun of himself. What intrigues me is whether any of you have actually found cases in your life where you have implemented one of the laws and seen results? Defamatory attacks on existing leaders work. Think back to Eminem, where he made fun of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Nothing is guaranteed. And just as I made fun of Woody Allen for making the same films over the past 30 years, you have to evolve and adapt. Just remember: you are that little boy who is a king, and when you start taking power, sooner or later this cardinal will appear.
The 48 laws of power are amazing!! So much knowledge to understand, but I`m sure I`ll have to listen again to take notes while listening. Thank you for adding so much value to independent filmmakers! My new goal is to adopt the mentality of an avant-garde filmmaker! Recently, I thought about creating a series of articles in which I analyze a Machiavellian character from a TV show or movie. What will you think? Comment below and tell me which law really resonated with you. What legislation have you actually passed and put into practice? What laws did you ignore and what were the consequences? I see The 48 Laws of Power and there are various laws that are often parroted in film circles. Although I was skeptical at first, I have now almost finished this book and found it incredibly useful. Definitely the most amoral self-help book I`ve ever read, but filled to the brim with the truth. So a lot of the things you`ve heard so far have been about domination versus subordination, alpha versus beta, slave versus master, and that`s true. This is the power game and the game that is being played around you, and you have to accept it. Continue to be an entrepreneur with your movies, keep playing the power game, use all the benefits you have ethically and I`ll be there to help you whenever I can and how I can! In the first century AD, Mucianus made war and his engineer suggested that he should prefer a different type of boat than the one currently in use and, above all, a boat other than Muscianus. This innocent person then does the tasks that seem quite harmless, but what he really does is clean the ground for the executive, disseminate the information that the executive has given him, undermine people he does not know to be the rivals of the executive, push the cause of the executive, get his hands dirty, while the Exec remains flawless. So why not get the customers you want, the festival prices you want, the funding you want, the distribution you want, etc.? Then he charmed the Spartans, impregnated the king`s wife and fled.
One of the reasons Louis CK is a great comedian is that he makes his jokes seem so easy. As if he were inventing them on the spot. Again, you can tell from my chatter and tirades that I don`t, at least not with my audience, because I want to give you all the context so you can ACT. Jerry Seinfeld was asked why he ended his show in season 9 when it was number one on television. Number one shows don`t just stop. This is outrageous in Hollywood. I mean, just look at how Hollywood is just milking sequels now. I just had to tell you the raw manipulative way things are done to reveal the game that`s playing around you. And to protect yourself by showing you how to know when it`s being used against you. He teaches behavior change, but still, many patients would fall back into old habits, blame him, and then never come back to him. Of course, some people will repeat the old Hollywood clichés of ruthless sharks trying to progress in the business at the expense of others in describing the book.
No problem! Keep taking action and keep an eye on those who are trying to take advantage of you. And that`s one of the main pillars of indiefilmTO, it`s state control. I know I have students who love me (and wouldn`t look at my face) and that`s great, but I also have a few who hate me. Most people apply this law against YOU. They`ll hide what the real reasons for their success are and hide behind “Well, we had a really good story, and that`s why our script was made.” Don`t get caught up in the moment and celebrate the first victory you get without thinking about the bigger picture and how what you`re doing will affect it.