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Old 03-19-2011, 06:44 AM   #26
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Re: Aikido film

I can see Graham that you are very spiritual.....

And I am a very rational lunatic
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:32 AM   #27
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Mary, Graham, Ron,
thanks for that civil and interesting exchange. FWIW, I have actually met one or two aikido teachers who I would consider spiritual teachers even in Mary's stricter delineation of the term - but then again for none of them aikido is their only practice.

Have a nice day!
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:32 AM   #28
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I'm sorry to have been absent for so long from the postings. Many wonderful suggestions. Some, like the music, I have already explored. The current score is generic for the rough edit until we can have a score composed. The biggest thing that I am taking away from this so far is that I may need to expand the film to explore this debate of Aikido as a spiritual journey or a martial art. It is of course both but there seems to be such strong feelings about this issue that it may be a mistake to ignore it entirely?
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:22 AM   #29
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I'm sorry to have been absent for so long from the postings. Many wonderful suggestions. Some, like the music, I have already explored. The current score is generic for the rough edit until we can have a score composed. The biggest thing that I am taking away from this so far is that I may need to expand the film to explore this debate of Aikido as a spiritual journey or a martial art. It is of course both but there seems to be such strong feelings about this issue that it may be a mistake to ignore it entirely?
I think ignoring it is the only wise thing to do, really. Especially if you already believe it is both anyway.

I think the strong feelings are typical cyberspace feelings that may not be shared by a significant proportion of practitioners at all. But then I may be wrong.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:15 AM   #30
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I think ignoring it is the only wise thing to do, really. Especially if you already believe it is both anyway.

I think the strong feelings are typical cyberspace feelings that may not be shared by a significant proportion of practitioners at all. But then I may be wrong.
Eh. Ignore it. My opinion is one person's opinion. I think that if you claim in your film that aikido is a spiritual practice, you need demonstrate why you believe this is so, and not merely assert that it is...but you don't need to demonstrate it to any particular person's satisfaction.
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:14 AM   #31
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I have done several dramatic films but never a documentary before so this is largely new territory for me. Rev. Okimura Shihan had already advised me to "follow my heart" and that is indeed the best path but I have the luxury of screening a rough edit and soliciting feedback from the audiences. It seems a good way to proceed. Also, there is quite a bit of interesting footage that I have not used that this forum has inspired me to reconsider. I will contact some of you individually for permission to use some of your statements in the film as well. Thank you all.
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:54 AM   #32
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What the fuck are you talking about, you lunatic?
I wish I could getaway with that, not in this thread but in a whole lot of others...You go girl!!!!
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:56 AM   #33
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Make the film YOU want and believe in..it's one thing to ask for input but a mistake to make or present art via focus groups :-)

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Old 03-20-2011, 11:00 AM   #34
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I wish I could getaway with that, not in this thread but in a whole lot of others...You go girl!!!!
Ha. I bet you do.
Perhaps start a poll petitioning to have a smiley added which expresses that...?
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:43 AM   #35
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If any of you are in Philly we are screening the rough edit of the complete digital film on Friday April 8th at the CEC (Meetinghouse Theatre) at 7:15pm. You can call Mosaic Theatre Productionsfor more info. (215564-4000
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