Amir Azizi Sarajy

Film maker, Timescratch
Burbank, CA, United States

About Amir

Bio

I am a filmmaker, a best selling author, nominated for best directing in Italy, part of the team that won the Best even show of the year in Las Vegas in 2014 and I was editor in chief of Review Creativity magazine for a year.

Languages

Azeri, English, Persian, Turkish

Areas of Expertise

Directing video/film, writing - "how to", technical, and creative, Editing (Final Cut Pro)

An idea worth spreading

We live in a world that most people don't listen. I hope I could communicate my ideas by a subtle whisper rather than a shout.

I'm passionate about

Elevate culture by story telling, also very passionate about Education.

Talk to me about

Creativity , Movies , Art , Culture , and Education

People don't know I'm good at

telling complicated stories in a simple and pleasant way that a lot of people can relate to and enjoy, unorthodox creative works , finding and recognizing talented people at a very early age

My TED story

The talk that got me to TED was the Origins of Pleasure by Paul Bloom , after that I was a regular customer asking for a new cocktail every day.

Comments & conversations

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Amir Azizi Sarajy
Posted 2 months ago
Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure
What you said has nothing to do with Paul Bloom's amazing Talk and your comments are just simply hate comments against Jews, how could you ignored all those great things in his talk ??? The very first time that sound is generated from images, By Michael Rubenstein http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_rubinstein_see_invisible_motion_hear_silent_sounds_cool_creepy_we_can_t_decide?language=en How to heal cancer and Parkinson in minutes without surgery by Yoav Medan https://www.ted.com/talks/yoav_medan_ultrasound_surgery_healing_without_cuts?language=en Zero friction !!! Something that was considered to be impossible, by Boaz Almog http://www.ted.com/talks/boaz_almog_levitates_a_superconductor?language=en One of the most important findings about our Moral code, by Dan Ariely http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_on_our_buggy_moral_code?language=en I don't think you can ever do any of those things in your life time, but when you did please let us know.
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Amir Azizi Sarajy
Posted 2 months ago
Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure
One of the best Talks I have seen in my life. Its really superb and Dr.Bloom is talking about a subject that is one of the most fundamental aspects of our lives. In todays world Branding is the same, we buy a product simply because we know the history of the Brand and the movies goers are the same, They go and watch Iron man 3 or Fast and Furious 7 simply because they know the history behind it, in another worlds what they know about the movie changes how they perceive the content. Absolutely amazing!
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Amir Azizi Sarajy
Posted about 3 years ago
Can and will books ever be replaced by something other than we know it today?
Hi Leo and thanks for this hot conversation . you know everyone grows up with a different culture , different heroes , different values , lets say I am writing a book and I say : I saw a very beautiful girl . As a reader you'd immediately think of the most beautiful girl You have seen, not the one I am SHOWING on the screen , so you are relying purely on your cultural , personal life and experience and you d dive into your own world , That is how a book works. say I am a film maker , and I am saying the same thing on screen , I will show a cute girl, but you may or may not like her , you will see my VISION, not YOURS. That is why I am saying people would get the same thing , I mean , you ask 100 different people about a cute girl and they ll give you 100 different ideas , not a unified single one . But the biggest difficulty with Books is the fact that they are bounded and limited to the language and culture that created them, that is why Jokes do not work in other languages , hence the term Lost in Translation . The future needs faster way of information transference , communication and spreading the idea in the shortest possible time. People do not have time to listen, they might just have enough time to take a look , and they are from hundred different nations , that is why I am saying Cosmopolitanism will take over and images will be more ubiquitous Best, Amir
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Amir Azizi Sarajy
Posted about 3 years ago
Can and will books ever be replaced by something other than we know it today?
Books as the way they are will be replaced for sure, something like Apple's new Book will take place, something interactive because book by nature is slow, I mean its a pack of organized information and by reading it you r trying to get that packages into your mind , but the pace is really slow and certainly very slow for 21 century. I think reading would have its place cause its the most abstract way of imagining and imagination practice , I mean if 100 people see a movie they d probably get the same thing more or less but same 100 reading a book , each would make the world of their own. But I think books in future would rely more on Pictures and Culture free info delivery packs and less on culturally bounded languages based words. the reason by my sight is Globalism and Cosmopolitanism , people of the world are all connected , and image has a universal language , words do not . if you show an apple to people from 190 different countries all will have the same idea , granted symbolic use of it might evoke different meaning but say in a normal context , it would seem like apple to all of this Global viewers to say that in words you have to translate it to 170 languages .
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Amir Azizi Sarajy
Posted about 3 years ago
Given that morality in humans is embedded, what rules can be laid down that would preserve and enhance such morality in society?
Mukesh based on your amazing answers and knowledge I guess you d probably had read this book but just in case 2nd Treatise of civil Government by John Locke . This is exactly what John Locke asked and wrote a whole book about it and its the foundation of US constitution and almost entire western European countries Locke based his arguments on God , but it holds perfectly well even form atheistic point of view
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Amir Azizi Sarajy
Posted about 3 years ago
Given that morality in humans is embedded, what rules can be laid down that would preserve and enhance such morality in society?
Orlando thanks for the answer and same here , I believe John Locke's idea of Blank slate was more about Epistemology and less about Morality per say As you said we born with certain traits but I think whatever that is, its called blank slate and that is why humans are equal and free by John Locke as a natural right If were unequal based on those traits then we could not have been possibly equal
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Amir Azizi Sarajy
Posted about 3 years ago
Does more technology decrease a person's ability?
well if ability is doing stuff for sure Technology can do that, it has a systematic mandate that you have to follow and when you do that you are able to do it , no doubt . But I highly doubt that a device or being able to work with it , can make us able to live a better life , or be happier. I think the first ability that any modern affluent citizen needs to learn is the ability to Prune noise and focus. Laser is a focused light and for sure if scattered can not do much , I think modern citizens need to be more like a Laser and less like a Lantern
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Amir Azizi Sarajy
Posted about 3 years ago
Is modern society's prescription for status and a successful life, even by TED standards, valid?
I share the same view about religion , I think its a philosophy of life that has been outdated centuries ago but the need for transcendent is still there and people need something bigger than themselves to rely onto , though it is missing , a product no matter how good , can give us pleasure but not happiness, as Epicurus says there is a big difference between Pleasure and Happiness and happiness does not come from stuff Nietzsche once said God is dead and will remain dead cause we killed him, people did not get it back then but now we understand what he was talking about , the lack of a better bigger purpose in life is taking its toll. Modern world is thousand times better than the classic world, but we humans have a great advantage / disadvantage , We get used to things and we want better and better , the race and the urge to go for it is always there and never has been more intense , Schopenhauer's famous WILL. Buckle up WILL , the race is well and truly on and it push people like never before
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Amir Azizi Sarajy
Posted about 3 years ago
Does more technology decrease a person's ability?
1st you should clearly define ability , what is ability ? 2nd about focus , I think one of the biggest issues right now in the modern world is noise , too much noise....and by noise I mean unwanted unexpected info that all of a sudden seems interesting , grabs our attention and time. Noise is paralyzing , doing hundred things at once and not getting one done, its like hitting a nail with a hammer but so very gently , the force of hundred hits might add up to the same amount of energy needed to push it through but it won't , Focus is like one mighty hit that gets the job done, and hopelessly we can not focus now a days . Oddly enough , about 7 months ago we had a conversation here on TED that Julian Treasure had started , in one of my comments I said in todays world we do not have dialogues, Its " Dialogue on demand " I was kinda shocked when I saw this TALK , its exactly about the very same thing. http://www.ted.com/conversations/6084/ted_speaker_julian_treasure_w.html
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Amir Azizi Sarajy
Posted about 3 years ago
Is modern society's prescription for status and a successful life, even by TED standards, valid?
before I start I gotta say I loved Michael Sandel's Justice course at Harvard university and Alain is one of my fav Philosophers of all time, from his radio show Point of View to his series Philosophy as guide to happiness. As a very short answer I refer to Heidegger's claim that western Philosophy only leads to making better stuff and improving technology , not happiness and quality of life. it does not matter if you are a rationalist or an empiricist , Modernism after the enlightenment has been focused intensely on products , I totally believe in modernism and I hate conservative and religious ideas , if someone has an answer for sure its not them but no doubt that there are many many things that modern world still can not answer. This may sound odd by US had twice as many suicides as homicide in the last 5 years , South Korea is 2nd in the rate of Suicide and Japan is 9th. So was Heidegger right ? Are we just making better stuff and unhappy people ?