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'To Be Loved & Understood': Take a Look Inside the Creative Process of Comedian Patton Oswalt

All creative individuals have their own ways of working and specific quirks about their methods. I always think it’s fascinating to watch professionals at the top of any creative or artistic field, and see what parallels can be drawn between those fields and filmmaking. Patton Oswalt happens to be one of those rare few who has had major success in a number of different areas, including comedy, acting, and screenwriting, and even if you don’t recognize his face, you just might recognize his voice as Remy from Ratatouille. In the episode below of Thrash Lab’s Rituals, get an in-depth look at Patton Oswalt’s creative process.

If you’re a fan, it’s no secret that Patton derives much of his comedy from his own personal failures or obstacles, and if you are trying to be a filmmaker, there are actually a lot of similarities between his process and the act of making a movie. While you’re making films, often you can put blinders on and not be able to step back and really look at what you’re doing, but if any outsiders get to see the entire process, filmmaking looks like absolute nonsense.

There is a little bit of insanity in choosing to make movies or be a part of the film industry, so it’s comforting to see that individuals in any creative field struggle and grind through to come out the other side successfully. I think it’s also important to see that those at the top of their game continue working hard and struggling even after they’ve “made it.” There is no secret to success, as most of these individuals would probably tell you, it’s a lot of hard work, and then once they get to the top, even more hard work.

What do you guys think about his process? Do you find similarities between your process and Patton’s? What have you done to overcome those obstacles?

Link: The Thrash Lab — YouTube Channel

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  • Hey ! I shot this. Nice surprise checking out what was new up on NFS.

    • Joe Marine on 03.4.13 @ 2:46AM

      That’s great! Thanks for stopping by. :)

    • Thanks for post joe
      thanks you ross too,and a question:
      i saw in one scene you have a dslr on a wheel (7:20)
      AF doesn’t work well in video mode and try to focus by hand stop you of having a smooth movement ( am i right?)
      the only way that i can work it out is to try to have a definite distance of subject and focus and keep the distance constant for a smooth camera movement, whenever i try to use auto-focus or focus by hand that doesn’t work.
      i really like to know about your approach in this situation ( wheel- Dslr )