Clarke Scott is a writer/director who draws on his years of philosophical education and contemplative practice as a Buddhist monk to tell stories of human potential. With a keen sense for the profound and an honesty of spirit Clarke’s projects often reflect his own concerns for a life well lived.
Along with his musing on life at ClarkeScott.org, he has several short and feature film projects at various stages of development. And his passion-project Portraits of Melbourne—a web-series featuring some of Melbourne’s young acting talent—is a reflection of his ongoing search into self-reflective art.
Clarke also works as a commercial director, cinematographer, and editor based out of Melbourne, Australia.
If you wish to contact Clarke you can do so here.
Hi, I’m Clarke Scott and welcome to my website. Here you’ll find articles on the things I find cool and interesting — creativity, consciousness studies, and transformation mostly.
I started the website many years ago and it has gone through several iterations as my personal journey morphed from Buddhist monk to filmmaker.
I’d like to tell story of human potential. I believe people want to see these stories. Indeed, I believe, stories of human potential are important to our culture.
If you’d like to follow that journey as I sharing my dreams and disappointments please subscribe to the newsletter here.
If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer them. Go here to contact me.
No one special — or at least that is what my mum would say.
Seriously though…I’m an Australian guy and I’ve been lucky enough to have met some amazing people and lived in some amazing places. Below is a short outline of the things I’ve done to date:
As a kid I was very interested in creativity and I would spend hours by myself writing and playing music — I played guitar, piano, saxophone, sang and wrote songs.
In my early twenties while at a prominent music school in Australia (Victorian College of the Arts) where I studied jazz I met a Tibetan lama and immediately left a promising music career to pursue an interest in Buddhism.
I spent the next 15 years living and studying with Tibetan lamas. During this time I became a Buddhist monk (same school of Tibetan Buddhism as the Dalai Lama. And I’ve been lucky enough to have met the Dalai Lama on several occasions — including a private 30 minute meeting at his home in India, and lunch with him during his visit to the University of Tasmania.) before heading off to do a Ph.D in philosophy at the University of Tasmania.
My PhD research was on notions of the self in western and Buddhist philosophy where I parsed the theories of the self found in six important western philosophers with the theory of a 14thCE Tibetan philosopher/contemplative by the name of Je Tsongkhapa. What a blast!
As my journey would have it though, and while in India, I abandoned the PhD for a future in filmmaking. That sounds rather dramatic but, it was clear by this stage that academia was not for me. And it was clear I needed to find something to do to support myself longer term. Then, through a series of rather strange events, I found myself falling back into the creative world. Through these events I shot my first short documentary for a Tibetan monk friend called, Saving Zanskar and my fate was sealed! That was 2011.
Since then I’ve gone about learning every aspect of filmmaking – from screenwriting, to cinematography, to directing actors, and editing — even sound design. Everything I would need to know in order to produce my own feature films.
I have spent the probably around 60 a week studying these aspects of filmmaking various ways.
I’ve written several short films, and a feature film, and have several others (both short and features) at various stages of development to date (2014).
I started my own boutique digital agency where I produce branded content (mainly short documentaries) for businesses here in Australia.
This allows me to practice all aspects of filmmaking. It’s the best kind of filmschool because not only am I learning by doing but I am also supporting myself too. And if you look at the first films I shot to the recent one there is a marked improvement in all aspects of storytelling.
There is a lot more to me than this of course but for the sake of brevity I will stop here.
If you’re interested click here for a more detailed account/biography (apologies but I’m still to complete the detailed bio).
The theme linking these three topics is of course stories of human potential. If you’re looking for specific examples of what this means in practice take a look through the archives or read the most popular posts.
I identify as Buddhist and I am a former Buddhist monk as I mentioned above — and I am still very interested in Buddhist philosophy and meditation (I meditate 1-2 hours each day) but I no longer follow any particular lineage of Buddhism. This is not due to anything negative — it’s just my journey.
So while my world-view is clearly informed by 20+ year study of Buddhism, I also write about consciousness studies from a western philosophy, psychology, and neuroscientific point of view. Much of this knowledge was garnered during my PhD studies at the University of Tasmania.
Moreover I am interested in championing the inherent potential in us all, and I hope this is reflected by my actions with words, images, and stories.
You might say I take seriously the ideal of the Bodhisattva even if I’m pretty crap at it!
The essence of my philosophy could be distilled into three main points:
Or put another way: you can make changes for the better and helps others do the same, and do let anyone tell you otherwise!