While researching historical figures for my current script, I recently came across Saint Seraphim of Sarov, an 18th/19th century monk and mystic canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1903.
Saint Seraphim is thought to have said, “Acquire a peaceful spirit, and thousands around you will be saved.”
I was deeply struck by this quote personally and professionally. Not only did I wonder what my life would look like with a “peaceful spirit,” I also wondered what a film would look like with a “peaceful spirit.”
I’m not sure if a person or a film can intentionally save thousands; however, one can certainly strive to have a peaceful spirit. And a filmmaker can certainly strive to create a film with a peaceful spirit.