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Which one of these seven directors are you? The Self Muse

By November 17, 2015Reviews


The Self-Muse

You look amazing. Every time you catch a reflection of yourself, you are intoxicated. You’re not just super attractive. Your ability to telegraph human emotions is astonishing. The mere raising of the eyebrow says this or a slight smirk says that. The only muse you need is yourself. But no one seems to understand this. They think you’re full of it. Weird. You’re only trying to share what you see in the mirror with the world. How can that be selfish? You’re the most generous person alive. Sharing “you” with the world is indeed a great sacrifice. If only someone would write you a script.




Many actors in history were actually very good at creating their own vehicles to “muse” off themselves. William Shakespeare was an actor who always wrote himself parts.

Orson Welles is considered by many the best filmmaker in history; he “mused” himself without shame.

Warren Beatty was once so enamored with himself, he would spend hours combing his eyelashes, and still found time to scribble screenplays for great films like “Shampoo” and “Bulworth”.

Was Sylvester Stallone a “self-muse”? You betcha!

Sylvester Stallone wrote “Rocky” and took a fraction of his screenwriting fee to star in it, because he couldn’t live in a world where “Rocky” did not star Sylvester Stallone (and neither can you, admit it).


In the world of short screenplays…

…you only need to look at “Meshes In the Afternoon” by filmmaker Maya Deren to understand the height of this skill set. Deren never took credit for starring in her films, but it’s obvious she acted as her own muse. She used the ability to constantly fall in love with herself to a new level, pushing the boundaries of cinema to its greatest heights. A dancer, she pushed the camera on her body, her arms, her feet, her way of moving. Your willingness to share your own reflection with the world can do the same.

Famous Self-Muses: Vin Diesel (“Multi-Facial”), Lena Dunham (“Creative Nonfiction”), Billy Bob Thornton (“Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade”).

Are you more interested in the microscope than the mirror? Do you daydream about fabulous cuts and dissolves? If so, you may be best suited for our last and final filmmaking kindred spirit, “The Next Scorsese“.


*Seven directing styles is taken from Norith Soth’s book, “Cut the Eyeball,” Learn how to write a short script that best translates your directing vision, along with other filmmaking tips available on Amazon.


  • Justin says:

    Is there such a thing as an “anti-self muse”? Woody Allen seems like he might fit in that category…

  • Norith Soth says:

    Woody Allen is a Self-Muse. He’s definitely inspired by his own presence. The Anti-Self Muse would be “The Next Scorsese”, a director who is inspired by his/her own prism.

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