Steven Pressfield

On Filmmaking

By Steven Pressfield |

Today I talk with Jeff about the actual filmmaking—casting and shooting Jeff’s web series, Camp Abercorn. Jeff talks about his first day directing (“I’m a learn-by-doing kind of guy”) and how he and his partners are working up to a full-on eight-week $500K shoot. To me, this is what being an artist in 2014 is all about and I salute Jeff and his team for doing it, on their own, not waiting for permission from anybody, taking their dreams and making them happen. (The transcript of today’s video is below.)

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Intent

By Steven Pressfield |

“What is the intent of Camp Abercorn?” In today’s conversation, Jeff speaks from the heart about his painful separation for the Scouts after 16 years because of the organization’s prohibition of gay adult leaders. (You can be a gay Scout but not a gay Scoutmaster.) Jeff talks about how much he learned from scouting and his intentions for Camp Abercorn, the show, as a sort of alternative universe that can both show the world as it is and as it might be in a less restrictive and more open future. (The transcript of today’s video—#6 of eight—is below.)

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Theme

By Steven Pressfield |

“I’m a learn-by-doing kind of guy.” In today’s conversation, Jeff tells me how he plunged in to writing Camp Abercorn with his partners Matt and Meg. We talk about the theme of the series—“coming out,” in the sense of sexual identity but also in the larger sphere to self-discovery and self-actualization. Jeff talks about his 16-year-tenure in Scouting and the experience of camp, particularly when he was working there as a counselor, as a world apart from the everyday world, where the individual is forced to learn by doing, sink or swim. (The transcript for today’s video is below.)

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Crowdfunding Pt. 2

By Steven Pressfield |

The big question for any creative project, whether it’s a novel, a film, whatever: How do you get the word out? Today Jeff explains to me how Indiegogo works as a marketing platform as well as a crowdfunding platform, and how he and his team use YouTube to draw further attention. And Jeff starts to talk about scouting (he was a Boy Scout for sixteen years, an Eagle Scout) and how the experience helped shape his character—and planted the seed for the web series he’s now developing, Camp Abercorn. (The transcript for today’s video is below.)

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Crowdfunding Pt. 1

By Steven Pressfield |

In today’s conversation with Jeff Simon, Jeff explains how he and his partners put together their new web series, Camp Abercorn; where the series will run; what it’ll cost; and how the team is trying to raise the money. Jeff and I talk about Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Jeff explains how crowdfunding works and opens my eyes to a world that was unthinkable “back in the day.” (This video is the third of eight, which run in this space on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The transcript for today’s video is below.)

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Backstory Pt. 2

By Steven Pressfield |

Continuing my safari among the creative young people of the millennial generation: In today’s conversation with Jeff Simon, I ask Jeff what brought him from Chicago to L.A., how he got started in the movie business, what networking is like today among twentysomethings in Tinseltown, and what he learned working for eighteen months with Tom Cruise and Doug Liman on the sci-fi film, Edge of Tomorrow. Jeff talks about his own career arc and how and why he began to “think bigger” about his aspirations for himself, artistically as well as commercially. (The transcript of today’s video is below. This…

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Backstory Pt. 1

By Steven Pressfield |

I promised last Wednesday that we would be presenting several new video series on the blog. Here’s the first one, starting today. (There’s a transcript below the video, in case you’d rather read than watch.) This series is me interviewing Jeff Simon, our blog’s 28-year-old tech guru, about the new web series he is developing called Camp Abercorn. I’ve been wanting to do this for years—sit down with the young millennial generation and ask about their creative process. Do they think differently from Old School guys like me? How does their tech-savviness help them? What do they want? What are…

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The Lion’s Gate

By Steven Pressfield |

The Lion’s Gate officially hits shelves and sites today. Thanks for all of the comments to the mini-series running Mondays and Fridays. The series will run a few more weeks, with more background on The Lion’s Gate’s road to publication. Another thank you to all the First Look Access Subscribers who took part in the 100-copy, first edition, hardcover giveaway of The Lion’s Gate last week—and to readers who shared their feedback of the then-unreleased video series “Writing the Lion’s Gate,” which was included with the giveaway e-mail. The twelve videos are now available on the site (see playlist below)…

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Our Morning Routines

By Steven Pressfield |

This Mondays’s Ask Me Anything concludes our “How to Organize a Day, How to Organize a Year” podcast. Thanks to our First Look Access friends for the questions. Cate Emond asks … I recently quit my boring office job in order to pursue my writing and other creative projects full-time. I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and articles in preparation and one piece of advice that seems pretty universal to all people who work from home is the importance of having a morning routine. I would love to know what your morning routine consists of (if you have one).

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It’s Not Always Fun

By Steven Pressfield |

This week on Ask Me Anything we take a question from Scott Culley. Not related to this week’s question, but this is on my mind a lot lately. What do you do when you’re not “having fun” anymore? What do you do when a project has just become so overwhelmingly frustrating that showing up everyday becomes more of an exercise in frustration where the work isn’t moving forward? What then? Listen to the podcast, and then read this.

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