As some of you may know I just recently finished one of my biggest projects, my documentary. Click – Here – if you are interested to see it or if you want to watch it again. 😉 While working on this project I figured I might have learned a lot that could be useful for other people who are a part of the creative industry, or are stuck in some kind of proces.
When you are starting a new project or if you are dealing with a complicated subject make sure you write your plan down, as detailed as possible, so you know exactually what you want. When the day comes that everything has to be done and you are the one in charge, you don’t have to be insecure about the concept and all the pre-fase stuff. It will save you tons of stress.
To me, it’s always useful to think like the tool you are going to visualize your concept with. Think like a tool? Yes, in my case while making a film, my main tool is of course a camera. So everywhere I go I try to think and see through the lens. For example when I’m driving around searching for locations that might be interesting to shoot at, I get out of the car everytime I think I’ve got a catch. Move around the subject, find perspectives while walking around at the location. Take pictures with your phone or camera and make notes, this way you will not forget about the details. Beside that, making a storyboard will be easier afterwards.
I find myself angy or frustrated quite a lot when I’m in a project that I really care for. Is this useful? Yes, to me it sure is. I don’t even know if it’s a good thing but for some reason when I’m about to give up, my comeback is always ten times stronger. 😉 I guess it’s important to let go every once in a while in order to go back to the base again. So everytime you’re about to give up try not to get fooled by your emotions.
I feel like every creative proces needs a break at the right time. A break can mean a holiday but also just going out for a coffee. It’s important to give your mind some rest and this way we can overlook the proces from the outside. We tent to focus on very small things way to long and forget what’s really important. By taking a break you can look at your project again with brand new eyes. Mostly it will make your work even better.
Everywhere. And when I say everywhere I mean everywhere. In your purse when you go out for a coffee, on your nightstand, in your schoolbag, at your friends house. Just make sure you’ve got a notebook and a pen close to you everywhere you go. They become your best friend, especially during the concept fase but they are useful during the whole proces.
This is the most important thing in my eyes. If you don’t love what you do and you don’t fully think your plan is the best plan in the world, it will show. Not always necessarily in your producion and results, but it will definitly show through your eyes. If for example you are dealing with investers you need to convince to help you finance this project, they will notice if you are not your number one biggest fan. I’m not talking about giving your ego a boost because modesty is a good thing. But be happy and positive about your own production, because you believe in it.
Alright, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoyed this post. In case you were wondering, the pictures where all taking in San Francisco last summer. Except the one of me under water, I took that one in Italy.
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