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It’ the holiday season, a time to cultivate and honor a positive, gracious attitude toward our blessings, large and small.

As families in our country and worldwide experience tumultuous times, I strongly believe that maintaining a positive attitude is one of the most effective ways to weather the storm. Regardless of one’s exterior circumstances, joy comes from within.How to Make a Motivational Mind Movie.

For me, it is important to celebrate whatever blessings I am lucky enough to possess EVERY DAY SINGLE DAY, NOT JUST DURING THE HOLIDAYS.

I cherish everything from the lovable doggies that make me laugh to the snuggly blanket that warms me through the cool nights, to the incredible career opportunities afforded me by internet video production.

In a spirit of sharing the holidays with you, I present my personal motivational mind movie. I produced, wrote, and edited this video based the philosophies I have developed over the years to helps me maintain joy and inner peace. Even when the sky is falling! (Some days are better than others.)

This video is a holiday gift to you, there is nothing promotional about it. Take a break, relax and let this video boost your spirits like it does mine! Then, read the step-by-step guide I created to help you make a motivational mind movie of your own. A link to the video is at the bottom of this article.



To make this motivational movie, I first wrote the script, expressing myself with colorful words written in a concise, logical progression. I always write at least two or three versions of a script until I am satisfied. My favorite writing motto is; “I am not necessarily a good writer but I am a good re-writer.”

I then opened Final Cut Video Editing software and created a new project.

I recorded my voice track into that project with a hand held microphone plugged directly into my computer. I use a special cable that has an XLR audio connection on one end and a USB connection on the other. I plug the XLR connection into the microphone and the USB into the Mac Pro computer by Apple. I am able to record the audio directly into my video editing software, Final Cut. I do not need a separate audio program.

Once I had a voice recording that I liked, I selected some music that captured the tone I wanted the video to convey. I used a cut of royalty free music from the Music, one of my favorite places to buy royalty free music.

Then I scoured iStock photo to find some video that I felt visualized the emotions and words of the script. I downloaded the shots, renamed them something logical and put them into my Final Cut Project.

Then it was time to assemble the video. I did the audio portion first.

In my timeline, I mixed the voice track with the music. Each audio track fills up its own line in the timeline. I brought the levels of the music up and down in order to not drown out the voice. I mixed it until I considered the audio done. On to the video.

I wanted to layer many different video elements on top of each other. First, I selected a gorgeous background out of Live Type, a program that comes bundled with Final Cut. The background I selected reminds me of a visual rendition of the divine. It is high energy and strong.

I then started placing my shots from istock on top of this background. Each video clip requires a separate video line in my time line. I place the shots in order, left to right in the timeline. I place them in a logical and visually appealing progression and match the words when appropriate. I try to match the tempo of the music.

I added keyframe animation in order to make the video shots move and grow. I also added drop shadows and some borders to the shots with both feathering and the border filter (bevel option.)