Akira Kurosawa Advice

This advice comes from the book “Something Like An Autobiography” written by Akira Kurosawa.
One of the most revered film director in the world Akira Kurosawa is still relevant today.
Here he talks about the importance of note taking for active learning, record keeping, studying, skill building, writing and creating memorable works.
Some of his acclaimed films are Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Ran.

“I‘ve forgotten who it was that said creation is memory. My own experiences and the various things I have read remain in my memory and become the basis upon which I create something new. I couldn’t do it out of nothing. For this reason, since the time I was a young man I have always kept a notebook handy when I read a book. I write down my reactions and what particularly moves me. I have stacks and stacks of these college notebooks, and when I go off to write a script, these are what I read. Somewhere they always provide me with a point of breakthrough. Even for single lines of dialogue I have taken hints from these notebooks. So what I want to say is, don’t read books while lying down in bed.”


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