I first read this in Lynn Kirby’s Film seminar in graduate school at California College of the Arts in 1994. I have given it to all (most) of my students ever since…

Rule 1 Find a place you trust and then, try trusting it for a while.

Rule 2 (General Duties of a Student)

Pull everything out of your teacher.

Pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3 (General Duties of a Teacher)

Pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4 Consider everything an experiment


This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6 Follow the leader. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.

Rule 7 The only rule is work. If you work, it will lead to something. It is the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things. You can fool the fans – but not the players.

Rule 8 Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.

Rule 9 Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think.

Rule 10 We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules, and how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for “X” qualities.

art as practice

Helpful Hints…

Always be around.

Come or go to everything.

Always go to classes.

Read everything you can get your hands on.

Look at movies carefully and often.

SAVE everything. It may come in handy later.