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How to tell a story and other advice for filmmakers and creators with Director Jon Amiel

Jun 20, 2024

In today’s episode on Gateways to Awakening, I speak with my friend Jon Amiel, a distinguished director, writer, and producer with a remarkable career in theatre, film, and television. After spending a decade rising from fringe theatre to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Jon transitioned to television, where he made significant strides at the BBC, culminating with the award-winning "Silent Twins" and the multi-award-winning "Singing Detective."

Jon's success continued in the film industry over the next 15 years, directing major feature films such as "Sommersby" with Jodie Foster and Richard Gere, "Copycat" with Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter, "Entrapment" with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, "The Man Who Knew Too Little" with Bill Murray, "The Core" with Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank, and "Creation" with Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.

Jon's attraction to various genres is driven by his curiosity and desire to explore different facets of storytelling, approaching each genre with unique techniques and perspectives. As a mentor, Jon frequently advises aspiring directors and writers to focus on authenticity in storytelling and to develop a strong personal voice.

We talk about the following and so much more:
✅ What he spends most of his time thinking about and why
✅ What, in his opinion, makes a good story and why?
✅ What inspired his journey into the world of film - an in particular directing?
✅ As a mentor and advisor to many film directors and writers, what advice does he find himself giving most frequently
✅ What draws him to a particular project, and how does he approach each genre differently
✅ What the creative process was like bringing such a gripping story like Copycat to life

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