On set, we make mistakes whether we acknowledge them or hide them.
Noone is perfect. And it’s perfectly okay.
I think it is also culturally embedded in the film-crew that making mistakes is something close to the end of the world, and in some cases it is.
But let's see what else is out there about making mistakes.
Especially when you are just starting out.
Lets talk about film-life topics with the "A" - Camera Focus Puller of Life of Pi, Saving Mr. Banks, The Founder, Only the Brave:
- Being ready for things going wrong
- Building a great team
- Personalities on set
- Letting things go
- A reversed career path to 1st AC
- Shifting gears to Family life
- Mentoring, Being mentored, Lifting others up
- Being ready for opportunities
... and more.
Lets talk about film-life topics with the VFX DP of Inception, Dark Knight, Hunger Games:
- Managing a team of people you don't know
- Managing time on set
- Delegating tasks
- Relationship with upper-management
- Career path from something non film through lighting, to DP-ing
- Work/Private-Life Balance
- Financial planning while working in film industry
We never expect someone else to imagine a book the same way we do, but we always demand others to imagine the execution of a task exactly the same way we have.
Transferring thoughts don’t happen by itself, you have to learn how to do it properly and precisely.
An in-depth article about delegating and micromanaging.
Success happens only when you keep doing awesome work in the face of setbacks and frustrations long enough for a breakthrough to happen. Some kinds of motivation will take you only to the next stop, but for a successful career, you need to know which will survive the marathon.
Do you remember your worst boss ever? Have you ever wanted to become like him/her? We have seen a lot of HODs who became the stereotypical “horrible boss”. I doubt they ever wanted to become like that.
The fact is, "talent" as we know it does not exist. You can become the world’s best in any field.
Researches of the past decades proved that none of us is born with advantages. Not even in music or sports. There are scientists who were able to teach perfect pitch to anyone.
The Competence Ladder is a concept for understanding the process of gaining new skills.
By getting a hold on how this process works, we can eliminate a lot of needless stress, waste of energy, and even quitting.