The Minimalist Filmmaker

Create meaningful content & pursue your passions.

PUSH YOURSELF FURTHER

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FIND MEANING

 

Hi, my name is Matt D'Avella and I'm the director of the award-winning Netflix documentary Minimalism. And I've noticed something about content creators lately:  They're desperate to get attention.

In an attempt to get the most clicks, likes & views we've sold ourselves short.

I'm tired of clickbait, reverse engineered titles & catchy thumbnails. I want to inspire you to make meaningful content & live a life of purpose. Learn about my story.

 
 
 
 

"FROM THE outside EVERYTHING LOOKED FINE but on the inside I was dying.โ€

Risking Everything w/ Rich Roll

 
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GET INSPIRED

 

The Ground Up Show is a podcast about the journey.

I share coffee (and occasionally whiskey) with comedians, athletes, rappers, musicians & other creatives to understand how they made things happen.

These intimate & candid conversations have helped to inspire thousands of listeners to get started on their own path.

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"I COULDN'T CHANGE ANY OF MY HABITS & I COULDN'T FIGURE OUT WHY."

Leo Babauta, UNSTUCK

 
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UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL

Why do some people turn their lives around but others remain stuck?

This question has fascinated me my entire life. Back in 2014 I grabbed a camera and joined some friends on a cross-country trip to document the minimalist movement.

The lessonโ€™s I learned inspired me to dig deeper to try to crack the code of habit change. In my documentary UNSTUCK (20 min) I unpack the five steps required to make radical change in your own life. Sign up below to get instant access.

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"What the hell have we gotten ourselves into?"

Joshua Fields Millburn, Making Minimalism

 
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FREE 6-ParT SERIES

 
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The making of the Netflix documentary Minimalism.

Find out how we made the award-winning documentary in this free six-part series called Making Minimalism. I deconstruct how we made the film from scratch with a budget of $0 (pretty minimalist, eh?). How did we take our passion project from nothing to Netflix? I detail every misstep & mistake, all the gear, how we found music & everything in-between. I'm incredibly proud of what we accomplished and now I want to show you exactly how we did it.

What you'll learn...

  • The origin of the film.

  • How did we land all of our interviews?

  • What gear did we use? I detail every battery, tripod & lens.

  • The moments that defined the film & the few times everything almost fell apart.

  • How did we get Minimalism on Netflix?