Let's be honest, we filmmakers suck at teaching newcomers. 😅 There is a very simple model that can help us understand the stages of skill acquisition, and the ways we can hinder or help others and ourselves at those stages.
Posts From Péter Várnai
Film industry needs to learn more about soft-skills, especially leadership and learning skills. Other industries are light years ahead of us in this and that's why they are more efficient and more livable for the people working in them.
I am happily spreading the word about certain leadership and career skills for people working in the film industry.
But this doesn’t mean I believe that film industry can be overall totally different one day.
Yet why I am still doing this is...
Receiving feedback is usually hard. We human beings just don’t like when others feel entitled to tell us how we should have done what we have done. In a creative industry like film, it's a daily thing. But it's not just creatives who encounter this, it’s also part of the technical side of filmmaking as well.
“The palest ink is better than the strongest memory” I recently met this chinese proverb, but I have already seen the truth of it many times before. On set, in the rental, everywhere.
I noticed how one of the 1st ADs I worked with recently remembered my name only after one short introduction. Even after not having worked together for a week or so he greeted me by my own name. I was curious if it was something that came naturally for him, or he was working on it deliberately.
A couple of years ago as a newbie in film industry I was frustrated with the endless incoming line of new tasks. Each new one overwriting the previous one in importance. Feels like we have to work on multiple things simultaneously. If you look up multitasking everyone says, “just don’t do it”. “Create a work environment where you don’t have to multitask.” But is it possible for us in film industry?