What’s Stopping You?

Steve Pavlina, How You Give Your Power Away:

Where are you giving your power away? What false prerequisites have you put in place to block you? What path would you take if you had unlimited courage? What’s stopping you from welcoming your desires into your life right now, regardless of circumstances?

Steve Pavlina, How to Attract Quality Relationship Partners:

This might sound like an over-the-top solution. It may even sound unfair. Easy for me to do this because I’m a speaker, right? But what if you’re not a speaker? What if you don’t have the opportunity to get in front of a lot of people, to share a part of yourself, and to meet lots of interesting people in one location? What’s stopping you from creating that opportunity? If you think that’s a potential path to success, why not take it? No one is stopping you.

Just Start

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe6CKOF1byo

William Feather:

Too many of us wait to do the perfect thing, with the result we do nothing. The way to get ahead is to start now. While many of us are waiting until conditions are “just right” before we go ahead, others are stumbling along, fortunately ignorant of the dangers that beset them. By the time we are, in our superior wisdom, decided to make a start, we discover that those who have gone fearlessly on before, have, in their blundering way, traveled a considerable distance. If you start now, you will know a lot next year that you don’t know now, and that you will not know next year, if you wait.

Emmanuel Lubezki’s Lighting on Lemony Snicket

Meryl Streep and Emily Browning in A Series of Unfortunate Events

A while back I decided to compile some of my favorite shots from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The design of this film is terrific, but I especially love Emmanuel Lubezki’s work.

I wanted to understand what made these shots look so visually interesting, so I compiled some of my favorites. This is not an exhaustive collection, these are just some shots that stood out to me.

The ASC also has a great profile on how Lubezki achieved some of these shots.

I know a lot of people have problems with this film as it relates to the books. I would say the books were not really meant to be films. Their repetitive structure and word-based humor works well on paper, but doesn’t adapt well to screen.

Given these factors, I would say any liberties that were taken in the 2004 adaptation were for the better, and that this was probably the best version one could create from the souce material. (And yes, I’ve seen the Netflix adaptation.)

Emily Browning in A Series of Unfortunate Events