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If you have any questions, would like to send me links, would like to write a guest post etc, you can email me at : info@mentorless.com

 

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I am a french nomad storyteller. I am self-taught and started making films and editing in France, until I moved to Los Angeles in 2008, where I took night classes at UCLAX. I am first and foremost a storylover. I don’t think all stories should be films, but I do have a special connection with films and I hope to find the right stories to tell within that beautiful and unique medium.

If you want to know more about my work, visit my website: www.nathaliesejean.com

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mentorless.com is a website for independent storytellers and filmmakers who want to stay tune with tips and tools on how to write, shoot, edit and produce a video, a short movie, a feature film, but also how to stay creative in general. It offers interviews, making-of, tutorials, tips and tools to be inspired and evolve as a story maker, a filmmaker and an independent creative. If you love films, transmedia, post-production, tv shows and anything related to storytelling and entertainment, this is it.

Mentorless is conceived as a sharing platform and doesn’t pretend to detain all the answers. It is an opportunity to start conversations with other movie-makers and movie-lovers.

Mentorless was awarded best website of the week in August 2012 by Script Mag. 

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[Meta-Me] A Year in Creativity – #1
January 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

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  1. Wonderful! My girlfriend sent me this site and I’m looking to reading more. Good luck on your inspiring journey!

    • thanks, and thank you for stopping by!

  2. I could use a T-Shirt with that MENTORLESS logo on it. :-) It’s a shame that in the past you could find a mentor who would help elevate your work and your business connections to higher levels. Now “paying your dues” doesn’t ‘pay off’, only consistently ‘doing’ does…provided that what you do creates real value for your audience.

    • :) agreed of course.

      The concept of mentor is also interesting to me because in France we don’t have this mentoring concept where you would contact someone you don’t know and ask them to be your mentor. We are still educated with this romantic idea that a mentor arrives through an organic relationship and an older person sees a bit of himself in you and takes you under his wings. Alas that also means that mentorship is mostly limited to man to man based relationship. And I spent years in america not knowing I could have ‘mentors’. So, mentorless.

      • Hi MENTORLESS,
        I agree with your assessment of how finding a mentor is organic. I’ve never known it to work by cold calling someone. I do think that there are some extraordinary individuals out there who still pay it forward, however the very nature of mentorship has been changing as people live longer lives. To extend one’s artistry and name mentors would teach younger pupils to carry on in the ways of the mentor even after the mentor is long gone…to leave a legacy. Now that we’re all living longer those same gate keepers live long enough to not be as concerned with having others continue on their legacy. In such an environment a lot of up and comers are being used and discarded by would be mentors. This is not to say that success happens in a vacuum. Help is needed, but we have to understand that the rules have changed. The very people who’s help you seek to break in, require to see you can do the work at their level. Once you have done that, though, you don’t need those people to ‘break in’. Doing the work gets you in. To be more specific doing the work as good as, or better than the current ‘best’ gets you in. Doing it consistently is how you build a career at the top of your profession.

        • Hi Frank,

          thanks for your comment! I think you’re making a very good point, and people staying longer and longer in powerful positions has and is changing mentorship. Ultimately, as you said it, working, working and moving forward are two components that matter the most. Having a mentor makes your life easier, helps you save time and grow faster (or differently) but if you don’t work and move forward, having a mentor won’t be enough.

  3. Fantastic site. It deserves a bigger audience. There’s a lot to learn on here as a writer and a film maker.

  4. Great site. I too have been mentorless in most of my artistic career. It’s rough and glad to see a site for those of us struggling to keep the dream alive :)

    On a side note, I too am a nomad and envious of your dual country life style. France is the only other country I could see myself living.

    Keep up the great site!

    • Thanks Michael, it’s nice to have other creative minds stop by and share their experience as well!
      I really enjoyed your website, we overlapped in L.A. for a few years apparently.

      Hope to see you around!
      nathalie

  5. I have just discovered mentorless.com but let me tell you it’s going to be my mentor on filmmaking & storytelling from now on. Congratulations big time! Keep on doing what you want to do!

    • thanks for the kind words pelin!

  6. Hi my name is wilfred cheng I live in tahiti french polynesia, since you live in Paris I was wondering whether I could ask you questions in french or would you rather I wrote to you in English. I attended a webinar with Corey mandell and I’m intrigued and also agree with the fact that the three story structure is very hard to follow, I’m currently attending a class with someone who insists that I should follow the three struture pattern and that such event should fall at such page, they sent my loglines to professional readers and they found that it didn’t fit the market, I’m quite depressed, because now I end up with a totally different story . Besides this attitude just killed my creativity. Reading their comments it seems that everybody thinks this way. The question is how many percent of reps or producers don’t want this type of structure, it seems to me there are still a lot out there who hook up with this method and could you advise me someone or books who could teach me how to structure a film. thanks

    • Hi Wilfred,

      thanks for your message! Let’s keep it in english since all of my readers do use english, maybe someone else wonders the same!

      From my understanding, the three act structure is a sort of a blue print that needs to be followed in an organic way. The more experienced you get at writing screenplays, the less you’ll need to check if you are hitting the marks, and the less important it will be if you’re hitting the mark on “that” exact spot, because everything will be tight and your story will be engaging enough that the audience will be following you anyway. That said, before being an art, screenwriting is a craft, and one that takes time to master. I am sure that having feedbacks that don’t feel right must be very disappointing and discouraging but, if anything, you should keep in mind that the only rule that matters, when all is said and done, is to write a great story.

      It is a hard balance to find between theory and organic practice. Usually people lean more toward the three acts when they need more theory to counterbalance their idea. If you haven’t yet, I would recommend you to listen to check this four article on the site:
      Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story & Oblivion Screenwriter Michael Arndt’s lecture, Screenwriter Consultant John Truby’s interview, South Park’s Creators Rule Number 1 writing technique,
      Dan Harmon, Community’s Creator Writing technique.

      Also: i cannot stress enough how key it is to read as many screenplays as possible. Either within the genre you are tackling now or in any genres. It really helps to see how others write, what to do and what not to do. There are a lot of screenplays available online.

      As for the books, the first two books I would recommend are ” target=”_blank”>The Writer’s Journey and Syd Field’s ” target=”_blank”>The Foundations of Screenwriting

      There are dozen more books you could read, and even more articles you could read of course, but sometimes too much theory just kills the creativity. If it is your first screenplay, don’t get discouraged, accept it takes a lot of time and a lot of work, and one page after another, one of your screenplay will end up being the story that you had in mind.

      Hope this helps. Good luck in your journey Wilfred, guts and hard work, gutd and hard work! :)

      • thanks a lot for your comments, very helpful, I’m actually reading the writer’s journey and the art of dramatic writing, excellent books, I’ve also attended john truby’s class, as you said it’s a craft and it takes a long time to master. Also thanks for the links.

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